Friday, September 13, 2013

Casillero Del Diablo – White Versus Red Guest Blog and Review by Lisa Pearson

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From time to time, The Wine Cask Blog will post guest reviews from other bloggers.  They may be industry insiders or casual afficianiados.  We present here Lisa Pearson's Casillero Del Diablo white and red reviews.  We hope you enjoy!

Casillero Del Diablo translates into ‘The Devils Cellar’. If that is the case, then the devil is harboring an alcoholic punch behind fruity flavors down in the cellar. Never an understatement, this wine is as bold as its namesake. Masked with an interesting market campaign that plays to our naturally taboo souls, does this wine live up to expectation? Moreover, which are you going to buy, one of the whites or a red? Which has the better health benefits? Which one is going to impress on those nights with a guest-filled house?

In the White Corner
As with all wines, a nice white Casillero Del Diablo, drunk in moderation, is going to be good for you. With simply one glass a night, a consumer can greatly improve their way of life. A research phenomenon has concluded that moderate wine drinkers have less chance of losing eyesight with age and an increased chance of surviving a heart attack.

Chardonnay
Casillero Del Diablo Chardonnay is the perfect medium bodied wine to accompany a creamy pasta dish. With pineapple and citrus flavors mixed with peach, and a hint of vanilla, it is a light and fruity alternative to its red wine counterparts. At tastings, however, it seems to become a love it or hate it kind of drink, supposedly because of the intense nature of the taste.

Sauvignon Blanc 
A zesty, dry white wine, the Sauvignon Blanc goes down great with simple dishes, such as thick cut bread and rich, mature cheeses. This peach, citrus fruit and gooseberry-tinged wine is a magnificently easy drink. It is elegant and well rounded on the palate, balanced with crisp lemon notes and a beautifully refreshing acidity.

Granted, these white wines may not be for the fashionistas or be likely to be served at an art exhibition, but are staple wines for any wine-rack. Fairly priced, with consistent tastes, these whites are certainly never wines to be ashamed of presenting. Despite this, Casillero Del Diablo’s white options seem to have a rather lackluster love or hate consistency with consumers. 

In the Red Corner
Casillero Del Diablo holds its own in the powerful red wine market and is an essential addition to any alcohol-infused barbecue. Despite recent studies that have shown that drinking wine can have an adverse effect on hair, there are now remedies to address hair loss, if this is a problem for you,  and it's unlikely moderate drinking will affect your hair.  Red wine is generally considered to be the healthiest wine option as it has all the health benefits of white wine, plus many more thanks to the antioxidants in the red grape skins that help reds to achieve their richer tastes.  Antioxidants are key to relieving stress and fighting disease, giving red wine a stand out feature that is not found in white wine, reducing the risks of illnesses such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. This is why doctors often recommend one small glass of wine a night as part of a healthy, balanced diet. 

Cabernet Sauvignon
Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense nose with a strong fruit base that is likely to make those not used to the power of a good wine wince at the scent. Having said that, it hits with a jammy fruit and prune juice sensation. It is full-bodied and velvety with a smooth finish, filled with blackcurrant flavoring and an almost dark chocolate cheekiness. It must be the first choice for barbecues and all roast red meats, whether that is a summer steak in the garden or a roasted lamb shank in the evening. This is a sumptuous treat that is best enjoyed in a bigger glass for more of the Devil’s splendor.

Pinot Noir
The Pinot Noir, on the other hand, is a softer tasting red that the wine masters describe as being more feminine and easy drinking, producing a smooth taste with an equally persistent finish. Matched perfectly with oily fish, a great grilled tuna steak, or equally as well with white meats, it is a perfect addition to any feast given its easy drinking and lighter nature.

Despite the endearing play on the name that implies it may become a cliché, Casillero Del Diablo comes stylishly presented with a well-designed logo. It holds the attention of the wine market with a consistently edgy taste that is both powerful and memorable in both nose and mouth. It is not a cheap looking wine that will look out of place in either a grand dining hall or a humble dining room. Casillero Del Diablo is a fine choice whether you prefer the whites or the reds, but the reds just seems to have that something extra, something devilishly charming about them.
It is a wine for simple enjoyment. A truly magnificent wine. 

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