Chile’s Concha y Toro is back with two new Casillero del Diablo releases, a cabernet and a carmenere from the 2018 vintage. Let’s dig in.
2018 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Carmenere – While thinner in body than I’d like, this wine offers a healthy layer of red fruit to complement the traditional meaty elements of carmenere, which are also present. Notes of dark cocoa powder inform the finish alongside a bite of licorice. B / $10
2018 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – This is a streamlined, straightforward expression of Chilean cabernet, with ample black fruit but moderated sweetness. Less tannic than the 2017 release, the blackcurrant notes perk up as the finish builds, with a slight herbal touch lingering on the conclusion. As always, it’s a solid value. B+ / $10