Monday, November 23, 2009

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2007

We popped the cork on this Chilean number with a couple of friends. This wine is widely available, not too costly and pairs well with a variety of  foods.

When I originally bought this bottle my eyes were caught by the label on the neck proclaiming 2007 as a historic vintage for Concha y Toro premium red grapes. Due to a confluence of factors (low rain, low temperatures and low yield, the winemakers believe that 2007 is one of their best vintages.

The color of the wine is deep, dark purple.There are flavor notes of dark plum and chocolate with a bit of spice. The wine is oaked, but not overly so.  Deep intense violet-red color. This pairs well with meat, vegetables and pizza.

The founder of this winery in 1891 set aside a special batch of wine. To keep the curious away he started the rumor that the devil lived in the wine cellar, the Casillero del Diablo. A legend was born – and we can enjoy some devilishly good wine today.
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