2015 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay from Chile
Consistently tasty wine from Casillero del Diablo is something you can bank on as a great value, I don’t care what grape variety it is. When it retails for $8 to $12 in the US (average, not the same pricing in PA or Puerto Rico, for instance), it’s an easy crowd pleaser.
Casillero del Diablo from Concha y Toro wines are what the wine business refers to as “line-priced.” This means that regardless of the variety you’re buying, it’s the same price across the board… From Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon, every bottle sells for $12.00. In our world, these wines are very affordable, and can easily become your own “house” wine.
- Bridal Showers
- Anniversary parties
- Gather around the pool or a lake
- Barbecuing and having appetizers before hand…
It’s not a complex wine, it’s just straight forward crisp, leaning toward a medium bodied wine. If it were made in America, you’d be paying at least a third more (that’s how imports work… a long story).
Don’t expect tannins, and do expect new world flavors. In the new world, climate and terroir differs from Old World wine’s complexities.
This wine reminded me of the day I finished so much writing that I just wanted to enjoy the rest of it with an easy drinking Chard that would melt away the world. I just wanted to claim a bit of Nirvana for a few hours. It delivered. Just a little Diablo, some freshly popped popcorn with butter (both organic foods), and another episode of Shameless.
All a bit devilish, if you ask me, and it really worked.