For wine drinkers used to seeing prices of $50+ for a good bottle of Cabernet Sauvingon, from California or Washington State, seeing sub $20 bottles from Chile can be a bit of a headscratcher but when you bring in an ambassador like Pedro Pascal - Mandalorian, Wonder Woman 1984, Narcos, and Game Of Thrones to be your brand ambassador it's worth taking a look!
The legend behind this brand produced by Chilean winery Concha y Toro is that these wines were so good they were guarded by the devil himself - hence the name Casillero del Diablo, which translates literally to "the Devil's Locker". After trying two of their latest releases we're quite impressed and it is among the best retail vintages that we've tried at this price point.
Both wines we tried are a great value and perfect for holiday parties. In fact, for most people there would be no reason to spend more money since these are great fit for all but the most discerning wine enthusiast. At an estimated retail price of only $12, this is a great choice for holiday entertaining since it tastes good and has a great backstory while still being classy.
To learn more about Pedro Pascal's relationship with Casillero de Diablo, I encourage you to visit their website where you can view his "World's Greatest Thief" cinematic commercial as well as a Q&A about his relationship with the winery.
2019 Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
tasting notes: Delivering flavors of dark cherry and black currant with a touch of vanilla. On the palate it has a medium body with marked tannins, which lead the way for a long finish. This Cabernet Sauvignon is ideal when paired with grilled red meat and mature cheeses.
Rated 90 pts by James Suckling for 2018 Vintage.
2019 Casillero del Diablo Carmenere
tasting ntoes: Expressive and fruity, featuring luscious berries and plum aromas, alongside hints of coffee and spice, with polished tannins that lead towards a long, satisfying finish. Medium-bodied and with natural acidity, Carmenere pairs beautifully with game meats, roasted or grilled vegetables, and bean dishes.