Friday, March 6, 2020

Casillero Del Diablo 2017 Reserva Cabernet Costa Rica Limited Edition, Chile

Casillero del Diablo Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon

Mardi Gras Far From Home

Mardi Gras has always been a special celebration for us. We’ve loved New Orleans since the first time we visited. Since then we’ve marked the occasion with celebrations large and small. This year was different.

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We decided to take an eco-adventure to Costa Rica. This Central American country is about as far away from good grape growing territory as you can get. Pineapples, watermelons, bananas, mangos, and papaya -- that’s a different story. The fruit is incredibly fresh and delicious.

The wine in Costa Rica primarily comes from Chile. While we didn’t comb through wine and liquor stores, I didn’t see any US wine on the shelves at the places we did go.

The Search For Vino

When we stopped at a supermarket in Santa Elena for some provisions on Fat Tuesday, I slid down the beverage aisle to see what the options might be. There were several South American wines that seemed very interesting.

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This bottle caught our eye because our friends are big fans of Casillero Del Diablo. What made me pull the trigger was the beautifully ornate bottle. The artwork includes toucans, blooming flowers and lush vegetation in an ornate and very Central American design. This is a limited edition Costa Rica release and that sealed the deal.

Although this is a reserva wine, it won’t blow your doors off. The reserva term indicates that the alcohol level is at least 12% but doesn’t require any special aging.

That being said, it is an enjoyable wine. For a Cab, it is light and fruit-forward. There are juicy flavors of plum and cherry and some wafting notes of oak. It was quite a treat in our bungalow room in Monteverde as we celebrated Mardi Gras 3,500 miles from home after a nighttime stroll through the cloud forest.

Casillero Del Diablo wines deliver great value for the dollar. While the entry range will satisfy your everyday drinking needs, the winery offers several ranges of quality with some nice bottles on the upper tiers.

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