Need some appropriate adult beverages to serve at your Halloween bash this year?
What could be scarier than drinking wines from Casillero del Diablo or "Cellar of the Devil?" The name comes from a clever Chilean winemaker who wanted to keep his superstitious cellar workers out of his winery aging cellar after he discovered his wines were mysteriously disappearing. So he told everyone that the devil lived in his darkened cellar. As legend has it, the thieves were discouraged and no more bottles went missing.
Casillero del Diablo wines are easy to spot with a the head of the devil embossed onto the shoulder of the bottle.
Carmenere is the signature red grape of Chile and the 2012 version, with its blood red color, seems the ideal ghoulish choice. It has oodles of flavor, enough, no doubt. to please even the devil, with black raspberry and blackberry fruit enhanced with a touch of mocha, tobacco, leather, cinnamon and cedar. The latest bottling entry in the Casillero del Diablo series is Winemaker's Red Blend 2012, a combination of Carmenere, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows blackberry, black plum and black cherry flavors in a sustained wall of fruit flavors plus a bit of mocha, cocoa nibs and ground coffee in the background. The Casillero del Diablo line-up also includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Scary Halloween wines: Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Reserva 2012 ($9.99) and Winemaker's Red Blend Reserva 2012 ($9.99) are widely available and are inexpensive enough that you don't have to sell your soul to the devil.