Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Rosé 2017

Medium copper-salmon color; raspberry, cherry, red berries on the nose; strawberry, raspberry, cherry, blackberry, red plum, spice; hint of mint on the palate.

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Rosé 2017

Dry to off-dry; medium body; bright fruit; good acidity. Fermented entirely in stainless steel, no malolactic fermentation, no oak flavors to thus allow a pure expression of the tasty fruit. Primarily syrah with small amount of sinsault and carmenere from Chile’s Central Valley; 13% ABV.

Concha y Toro consistently delivers great value for price. Casillero del Diablo is one of their premium wine labels, although this is premium price for Chilean wine—super bargain for you. If you pay a few dollars more you can get the “reserva privada” offerings which deliver more complexity and refinement. Don Melchor is Concha y Toro’s flagship label. Lower-end varietal labels include Fontera and Sunrise.

Winemaker Marcelo Papa is responsible for this wine. He earned a degree in enology from Universidad Católica de Chile, joined Concha y Toro, and has been head winemaker at Casillero del Diablo since 1998.

Casillero del Diablo winemaker Marcelo Papa

Concha y Toro is Chile’s biggest winery and an important player on the world wine stage. Don Melchor de Santiago Concha y Toro founded the winery in 1883. When he saw that some of this best wines disappeared from his cellar, Don Melchor decided to put an end to thefts by creating a story that the devil lived in the cellar, which was in the deepest and darkest part of the winery. The Casillero del Diablo rumor spread. Some claimed to have actually seen diablo (the devil). As the story goes, the thefts stopped. Today, the legend lives on more as a marketing ploy than a ploy to frighten would-be cellar robbers. It is a particularly useful marketing tool around Halloween.

Concha y Toro, BTW, is Spanish for “shell and bull.” The Casillero del Diablo story may contain some elements of bull, but the wines consistently are very drinkable values, and Chile—and Argentina on the other side of the Andes—are major contributors to the exquisite abundance of quality wines in the world today.

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Rosé 2017 is fun, easy drinker with pleasing tartness to complement the juicy, ripe fruit. This is simple and straightforward, but it deliciously pulls that off. It is wine you can simply enjoy without having to think too hard about it. Pair with rice and pasta dishes; salads, including fruit salad; parmesan cheese paired with hummus and pita; lighter meats; fish; fish tacos; sliders. Also works as an aperitif or sipped on deck, patio, or poolside. $9-11

Viña Concha y Toro website

Casillero del Diablo website with excellent opening video

Entrance to Casillero del Diablo cellar
Inside Cellar of the Devil
Concha y Toro barrels
Concha y Toro vineyards
Concha y Toro vineyards