Concha Y Toro, Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2016, Central Valley, Chile
Tasting Note: A carmenere that is sensual and silky as a velvet glove stored in a handmade, cedar case.
Deep-intensity ruby in color, this wine has an aromatic nose of black plum, black currant, cedar, cinnamon baking spice, blackberry preserves, bramble and violet.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied carmenere presents medium-plus-intensity black-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by supple, ripe medium-plus tannin.
There are subtle hints of green pepper leaf that are characteristic of Chilean carmenere, but that enhance rather than distract from the flavor profile providing a counterbalance to the tannin structure.
The wine has mid-palate complexity along with flavors of leather, tobacco and earth.
Chill for one hour in your refrigerator to present the carmenere at its best.
Bottle Note: Winemaker’s Note – Chocolate, coffee and spice combine with raspberries and blackberries in this carmenere, Chile’s very own grape. Food Match – Perfect for tasty winter stews or grilled summer barbeques.
Importer: Excelsior Wine Company, Old Brookville, New York
Tasting Date: June 18, 2018
This wine was submitted for review.