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2008 Casillero del Diablo Malbec
July 16, 2010 - Norman Bentley
Last night we had a wonderful dinner of Beef Stroganoff capped with a very nice bottle of South American Malbec. The Malbecs from Argentina have been increasing in popularity for several years now, but this one was from Chile, and the famous Chilean winery of Concha Y Toro. It was the 2008 Casillero del Diablo Malbec.
Originally a Bordeaux grape, Malbec has been cultivated in Argentina for many years and has become the premier red grape from that country and is produced in countries around the world, including the United States, and now Chile. Known for its rich earthy tones, Malbec has been blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, and especially Merlot to enhance the fruit with a bolder flavor.
Malbec can in some circumstances be very intense, but the Casillero del Diablo is a perfect choice for a summertime mild, and mellow red wine, without giving any ground in the flavor category. The aroma is fresh and berry filled, which evolves into flavors of blueberry and red raspberry. The earthy tones are there, and so is the presence of tannin, which sails into a rich and mellow finish, without being over-powering.
We really enjoyed this Malbec with the Stroganoff, which is one of my favorite recipes. The Wine Spectator scored this one an 85, but I think it deserves at least an 87. In addition to the Beef Stroganoff, this wine would be great with duck, or even barbecue!
Price - $9 - $11
Score - 87
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