Wine of the week: Casillero del Diablo Reserva Pinot Noir 2018

Casillero del Diablo Reserva pinot noirWe celebrate the blog’s 12th birthday with the $10 Casillero del Diablo Reserva pinot noir

This fall, wine guru Roberta Backlund recommended Chilean pinot noir, and those who listened to the podcast with Roberta probably heard the skepticism in my voice. Shows what I know: The Casillero del Diablo Reserva pinot noir shows Roberta may be on to something.

The Casillero del Diablo Reserva pinot noir ($10, sample, 13.5%) was about the last thing I expected. It’s not just that Casillero is owned by Concha y Toro, one of the three or four biggest wine companies in the world, but that making $10 pinot noir that’s worth drinking is almost impossible. And I have the hundreds of tasting notes to prove it.

But this Chilean red is a pinot noir that tastes like pinot noir. Isn’t tarted up with residual sugar, overloaded with over-ripe fruit, or blended with a couple of other grapes to “smooth” out the wine. Instead, it’s almost earthy in the front, with soft tannins and a pinot-like, almost restrained, approach in winemaking. There is a lot of berry fruit, but it’s not overdone.

Highly recommended, and especially with the uncertainty about inexpensive French pinot noir given the 25 percent wine tariff. Pair this with any weeknight dinner or something like Italian takeout – and even enjoy a glass or two in the afternoon.

Imported by Eagle Peak Estates

 

4 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Casillero del Diablo Reserva Pinot Noir 2018

  • By Barbara Doppelt - Reply

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  • By CM - Reply

    Hallelujah for affordable Pinot! Thanks for the tip, Jeff!

  • By Kelly Kennedy - Reply

    WC – Love learning from you about great values and tasting wines. Could you post the the purchase location? I have tried to find some of the wines of the week and have failed to locate them locally. Not even in the Bevmo’s or Total Wines of the world… Thanks!

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      This comes up a lot on the blog, Kelly. I buy the wines in Dallas, so listing the stores won’t mean much if you don’t live here. You should ask your local retailer if the wine has a distributor in your state; if so, they can order it. My rule of thumb: The wines I review should be available at a quality retailer in a mid-sized city.

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