CASILLERO DEL DIABLO, part of the portfolio of Chile’s Concha y Toro, means “devil’s cellar,” a likely candidate to line up for a Halloween bash, but the wines are seriously good and affordable, and deserve your attention at the table or any armchair occasion. The story of the devil’s cellar had its origins in the 19th century when Don Melchor, founder of Concha y Toro, discovered that vineyard workers were sampling his best wines. To discourage it, he spread the rumor that his deepest, darkest cellar was the casillero del diablo, or the “cellar of the devil.” It scared off the workers and a legend was born. You will find this brand everywhere from independent wine shops to supermarkets.
Casillero del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Chile 2014, $12: This is a Sauvignon to wake up every sensory point in your head — aromas, flavors and the finish all rock with flavor. Lift the glass to your nose and inhale the tart gooseberry, grapefruit and grass tones followed by flavors with a slam of green herbs, grapefruit and gooseberry. It’s as tart as a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Sturdy acidity holds the package together. Pair it with fresh seafood or entrée salads. And notice how it relaxes and unfolds its wonders as the chilled wine warms up.
Casillero del Diablo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Chile 2014, $12: This robust red has all the right stuff to stand up to a pizza with everything on it or a slab of gooey lasagna — which would mean it has big, robust, tangy tastes braced with sturdy acidity. Flavors express dark berry, cherry and plum with tones of dark chocolate and espresso bean.
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