Variety: Syrah; Cinsault; Carmenere
Cost: $11 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: The aromas and lively flavor of this delicately salmon-pink hued dry rose’ suggest red berry fruit and cherry notes, plus a hint of spiciness, all delivered with a freshness and pleasantly bracing acidity that carries through from start to finish.
My Review: Get ready folks, there’s going to be a lot of writing about rose’ in the coming months. Consider yourself warned. So I had the first vintage of the Casillero del Diablo Rose’ and very much enjoyed it, especially at the price point. So what did I think of the new vintage?
In the glass the wine showed a nice salmon-pink color, and on the nose I picked up flowers and red fruits. In the mouth the wine was crisp and fresh, showing flavors of red berry and white pepper with a finish that was light a medium amount of crisp without being tart.
My wife and I paired the wine with some munchies on a weekend afternoon (edamame, a mexican “burrito bowl” dip), and it did a good job of going with both, but I’d really like to pair it with some BBQ or burgers on the grill, or just with some friends next to the pool.
One of the things I love about rose’ as a whole is how versatile it is, and the 2016 Casillero del Diablo Rose’ does a good job of living up to that. It’s an easy to sip on wine that may not be revolutionary, but is exactly what you’ll want when you’re looking for that easy to drink wine to share with friends over the grill.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample.