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Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon has a flavour that I wasn't sure if I liked or not when I took my first sip but I quickly got used to it and after my initial grimace I decided it's a very nice wine after all. It has quite a harsh flavour that is extremely dry and that surprised me as based on the aroma of the wine in my glass I thought it was going to be sweeter. It's not so dry that it leaves a powdery sensation in my mouth (that happens for me with some red wines) but did make me wonder how much I was going to like it based on the first mouth full of my drink.
After that I found the wine to be fruity with a slight flavour of jam, the aftertaste is creamy but as I'm drinking the main thing I notice is how fruity it is and also that there's a vague taste of sweets underneath everything else. It's an easy wine to drink once you get used to the flavour but I wouldn't say that it's one that makes you want to gulp the glass down quickly, when we started on the bottle we were sitting waiting for dinner to finish cooking and just as I poured our second glass the cooker timer went off to let us know dinner was done so I transferred the wine glasses to the dining table. It's recommended as a wine that goes well with red meat and fish, I agree with the red meat option but I personally wouldn't like to drink this while eating fish because the aftertaste is quite heavy and I worry it would spoil the delicate flavours of my meal.
I have drunk wine since I was a child because we spent a lot of time in France when I was growing up and it's natural there for children to have small amounts of watered down wine with their meals. This means I have developed a tolerance to it and don't get even tipsy when I drink it (unless I drink a very high volume and I am not able to do that at present!!), I drank my glasses of del Diablo slowly and felt only a slight fuzzing in my head while I was drinking. It helps that this isn't a wine I felt comfortable drinking quickly and the next morning I woke feeling as fresh as if I hadn't drunk at all the previous evening. My boyfriend drank more than me and mentioned that it made him go to the toilet more often while he was drinking but it didn't affect his head the next day either and that was a very good thing because he had an early start at work so the last thing he needed was a hangover!!
I bought a case of Casillero del Diablo wine from Tesco via their online wine shop - they were selling at a price of £36 (reduced from £50) for 6 bottles, all red. So far we've had a couple of bottles - the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot but there's also a Shiraz, Shiraz Reserva, Carmenere Reserva and Malbec. The wines are all from Chile and come in classic green bottles with screwcaps (not that they get screwed back on once open!) with a devil's face logo on the front.
Both the bottles of wine we've had so far have been lovely, the Sauvignon is really full and fruity and very, very smooth and the Merlot a little drier, not quite as smooth but still very fruity and nice. I'm sure the Shiraz will be lovely too. At £6 per bottle I found it to be a good quality wine for a reasonable price - I'm not sure I'd have paid £50 for the case, but at £36 for the 6 it's well worth the price.
A consistently good wine - worth looking out for when on offer.
Sample the wines of from the Devil's cellar in the Concha y Toro estate.