2006 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada Cabernet-Syrah Blend

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90 points Wines & Spirits "Exuberant flavors of strawberries and blackberries meld with this wine's firm structure. The depth of the fruit demands full-flavored dishes. Try it with braised lamb." (2/09) Casillero del Diablo’s regular bottlings are amongst Concha y Toro’s most popular wines. The reserva privada bottlings, however, are both popular and, occasionally as in this wine, quite impressive. Produced from 85% cabernet from their Pirque vineyard and 15% syrah from their famous Peumo vineyard, this wine has a savory edge to its intense, darker fruits, probably due to the syrah as well as the 14 months elevage in French oak. There is a hickory ember, slow burning smokiness that combines with the generous fruit and roasted meat quality to produce a wine that is hearty and warming during these cooler months of the year.

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2012  | Send Email
Typically, wines at this bargain price don't possess the dark rich depth of fruit that this Cabernet/Syrah blend from Chile does. A touch herbaceous on the nose, the Privada delivers and then some with its beautiful blackfruit and currant palate and long smoky finish.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2011  | Send Email
Solid wine for the dough!

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2011  | Send Email
Great deal from Chile! Dark, full, touch of spice and earth. This is not a simple soft South American wine, this wants grilled meats or better yet something braised.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5