Casillero del Diablo Reserva Shiraz

Maker: Concha y Toro

Grape: Shiraz

Region: Central Valley, Chile

Vintage: 2005

ABV: 14%

Color: Like Richie Blackmore early in his career: Deep Purple. Good legs too.

Nose: Blackberry jam, black currant with a slight mustiness. Oak perhaps?

On the palate: shockingly light. Could there be a touch of Grenache in the mix? That same mustiness detected in the nose comes up in the palate, but takes the form of a pleasant tannic dryness.

Finish: Light, sweet finish.  Lingers in the cheeks like a well-made lollipop.

Parting words: Not like a New World Shiraz hardly at all. It’s closer to a fine Rhone wine, maybe a Chateauneuf-de-pape or a more generic
cote-de-rhone. Worth picking up, even if a later vintage.