Casillero del Diablo is probably the most well known Chilean brand in the whole world. I can’t remember the first vintage I tasted, but I liked them early on, and then less and less as my palate evolved. I have not tasted any in the last 7 years or so and spotting it on the shelves of Tesco made me nostalgic for the old times.
I hope I can visit Chile one day, during the harvest period and taste some black grapes. Doing a vintage in a cellar would be even more amazing. That way I could probably understand where that very special character comes, which hallmarks the red wines of the country.
New wave Chilean red. Definitely not one buried in new oak, but there is nothing unexpected here – it tastes Chilean first and foremost. I always wonder where that strong character comes from, I never find it in anywhere else, and it’s always there in the country’s reds. Winemaking? Terroir speaking loud?
The winner of a recent Cabernet Franc blind tasting, on which event I presented mostly Loire wines to my friends. The French performance was a disaster, featuring mostly poorly made wines (Brett, Brett, Brett). The Garage Wine Co. Las Higueras Lot #82 2016 not only won the show, but it’s easily the best and most exciting Chilean red wine I tasted in recent years.