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WINE REVIEW: 2018 Casillero del Diablo Carménère Reserva, D.O. Central Valley, Chile ($13)

by Andrew Chalk



Appearance: Bright dark ruby;


Nose: Strident pyrazines. Dark fruit. Black currant;


Palate: Ribena. Black currant. Soft tannins. Fruit forward.


Carménère is a Bordeaux variety that fares much better in Chile on account of the warmer climate. It is virtually pulled out of Bordeaux but may go back as a response to climate change.

This represents the popular Concha y Toro brand going up the quality ladder with a reserva level. If pyrazines (the green pepper notes in certain grapes) are copacetic with your palate then this is a pleasant wine with red meat or just to quaff.


Very reasonable price.


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