Sommelier of Casillero del Diablo, Massimo Leonori, a Master of Senses Declares 2018 an Extraordinary Vintage Year for Their Red Wines
According to Massimo Leonori, Sommelier of Casillero del Diablo, their 2018 red wines have been deemed an Extraordinary Vintage. Due largely in part to the wonderful climate conditions in Chile’s Maipo Valley during the 2017-2018 growing season, where Casillero del Diablo wines are produced, these wines have surpassed expectations. In addition, exceptional vineyard management practices and the excellent soil conditions in this area create the perfect terroir for the production of several of Casillero del Diablo’s red varieties.
This Master of Senses likes to compare aromas of different fruits, spices and florals to help distinguish tasting notes of these wines and help us to explore why this vintage, including Pinot Noir, Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon is different from other vintages and so exceptional. Massimo Leonori is happy to take you through a “challenge of senses”, where you can sample the different wines from Casillero del Diablo’s 2018 collection and explore why this Extraordinary Vintage is so different than the others.
I was able to do my own taste of the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Carménère. Here are my notes:
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018: First, on the pour, I noticed a beautiful ruby red color that was both intense and deep. The aromas were of stone fruit, dark berries and some vanilla. The taste in the mouth was a nice body and smooth with good tannins with dark fruit and lingering berries. This wine pairs nicely with red meat, a Charcuterie of cured meat & aged cheese and seasoned dishes. The Cabernet Sauvignon is Casillero del Diablo’s most famous variety and 2018 might just be its best year yet!
Pinot Noir 2018: On the pour this wine is a much lighter, brighter ruby red color. With aromas of strawberries, raspberries and light roses it reminds me more of a spring to summer wine making it better for salads, fish, pasta and vegetable dishes which won’t overpower it. It is a full body Pinot Noir that can hold it own beautifully and has a long lingering finish. I wouldn’t be afraid to try it with with something like Salmon or Grilled Pork. Enjoy it at an Al Fresco dinner.
Carménère 2018: As I poured this wine I noticed a brilliant deep red to almost purple color. I am already thinking this wine has a lot to offer in its depths. And I was right! The nose of this wine was rich dark fruits and berries hinting at lusciousness waiting to happen. On the palate I was surprised with its sweet, juiciness tasting of plums and spice. I also was surprised to find a hint of tobacco at the finish. A very lovely smooth wine. I paired this wine with a spicy pasta with pork and red sauce. It has good tannins which gave a medium body at the end. I have to say I loved this wine!
**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review, but not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.
About Casillero del Diablo
Born from a 140-year-old Chilean legend, Casillero del Diablo has emerged as a global powerhouse. The legend began in the late 1880s with Don Melchor de Concha y Toro, one of Chile’s most revered winemakers. Many thieves coveted his precious wines, so Don Melchor spread a rumor the Devil himself guarded his cellar. Although never confirmed nor disproved, the tale protected his prize and spawned a legend spanning generations. The cellar where those bottles rested nearly 140 years ago still stands today in Chile’s Maipo Valley, home of Casillero del Diablo’s illustrious portfolio under the Concha y Toro banner. Casillero del Diablo, twice named the #2 most powerful wine brand in the world, leads the Chilean 750ml segment in dollar sales and volume sales in the United States.1 2 Since 2009, Casillero del Diablo wines have garnered 170 Gold and Silver medals at international competitions and 19 Best Buy/Best Value designations; the wines have earned 50 scores of 90 or above in the past five years. The rugged topography of Chile’s winemaking regions reflects the country’s thirst for exploration; Casillero del Diablo is at the forefront of the world’s attention on this South American gem, sparking a uniquely Chilean sense of adventure in every glass.