I havent’ been keeping up with the wines I’ve been drinking … at least as far as blogging about them. Tonight I drank one of the best value reds I’ve had in a long, long time.

The wine is a Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2005. Wow! This is a wine you can find in lots of wine stores under $15 bucks, or less … that was a Wine Spectator 2006 “Best Buy” and has won a number of awards.

They advertise it with bottle neck tabs as the smooth, rich flavor of Merlot and the spicy flavor of Syrah. And – surprisingly – they are right!

Wine Spectator said: “Nice supple texture, with a mix of plum, cocoa, tobacco and vanilla. The smoky finish gains flesh as it opens. Drink now.” I can’t argue. My comment would be the smooth flavor of a big red wine without the price!

The winery also has the craziest website I’ve ever seen. And you might guess, I’ve seen a few. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen with a built in video game!

Amd read about the winery’s long history here: http://www.conchaytorousa.com/hist.html

They have a full line of wines from Cabernet Sauvignon to Reisling and Rose. I’m anxious to try the others. I’ve read about Casillero before with generally rave reviews of this Chilean winery!

Here is another site to read more about Casillero Del Diablo: http://www.conchaytorousa.com/wines/diablo.html

This is a great buy and a GREAT value wine! I found it at Village Bottle Shop in West Lafayette. But is is widely distributed. My previous experience with Carmenere was not a positive one. Now, I’m sold on the varietal.