16 Jan New wine for the new year – Casillero del Diablo 2018 Carmenere
Happy New Wine everyone!
It’s Wine Thursday!
our weekly good-wine-at-a-good-price
Our New Year’s resolution…
We’re resolving to break out of our wine rut
by trying unique and unusual wines.
And we’re going to take you along for the ride.
We’re kicking it off with a hearty red
from Chile by way of Bordeaux.
Casillero del Diablo Carmenere is a wine
with stories abounding.
First, the grape.
Carmenere originated in France, specifically Bordeaux.
The French abandoned it,
turning their attention to more popular grapes
such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
Carmenere made it’s way to South America
where Chile welcomed it with open arms…
and vast unplanted vineyards.
One Chilean winemaker in particular,
Concha Y Toro,
produced a very tasty Carmenere
and other popular reds,
so much so that the winemaker
became the target of wine thieves.
How do you stop wine thieves?
Convince said thieves that a devil
lives in the wine cellar.
That explains the name,
Casillero del Diablo,
which means “devil locker”.
This entertaining video explains it all.
This is a medium-body, easy drinking red
that shows dark fruit flavors and a hint of pepper.
It isn’t in every store
but it is worth seeking out…
especially at the price.
We found Casillero del Diablo’s
at selected Target stores for $9.99,
at QFC for $10.99 and at some,
not all but some,
Fred Meyer stores
also for $10.99.