Chilean wine. One of today’s best values. The quality is nearly unsurpassed for the little amount of money spent. I am a big fan and the more Chilean wines you begin to try, I’m sure you will be too. One of the larger producers, Concha y Toro, is making a big splash with their line of Casillero Del Diablo wines. These wines are great values and taste amazing.
I found myself intrigued to try a Chilean Pinot Noir. Let’s face it, when we think Pinot Noirs, we think New Zealand, Oregon and maybe even California for some – but Chile? Well, say yes to Chile! I can truthfully say I was really amazed at the quality of the Casillero Del Diablo 2012 Pinot Noir. Now, don’t get me wrong…this is not an over the top $50 bottle of Oregon Pinot….but it’s not meant to be. It’s quality within the market price of under $15 and it’s very, very good for a Pinot Noir in that category.
The Casillero Del Diablo 2012 Pinot Noir is a beautiful deep raspberry in color – brilliant and clear. The nose gives off red currants, a little dirty earthiness and spice with a tinge of wood. Upon sipping it you’ll first experience tart cranberries, some raspberries and pomegranate with good acidity. This Pinot has a medium viscosity and a nice long finish where the spice really lingers. I liked that a lot and give this wine a THREE BOTTLE Rating. As mentioned before this is a value wine – for only $12.99 – you get a taste of Chilean Pinot Noir that if in a blind tasting with your friends, might be easy enough to fool them otherwise! But who needs to?! Chilean wines are where it’s at and when you serve up this Casillero Del Diablo 2012 Pinot Noir…you will be trending! Check your local wine retailers for this line of wines, as they are distributed nationally and if you can’t find where you live….go to Casillero del Diablo.
** Sample received courtesy of Creative Palate **