Casillero del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

2010 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, $9.95. LCBO#578641.

I am always on the hunt for an affordable, yet crisp and zippy, sauvignon blanc. Ever since discovering Kim Crawford’s Marlborough, New Zealand sauvignon blanc perfection, I’ve been out to beat it’s $19 price tag. Which reminds me- I’ve never blogged about that bottle, and should very soon. I almost always have one in my fridge, it’s that good.

But back on the topic of a cheaper cousin. I’ve been let down in the past. But I think I may have found my new go-to sauvignon blanc, and it hails from Chile. Concha y Toro is a pretty reliable winery, so when I saw a Casillero del Diablo sauvignon blanc on Wine Align’s top 50 buys list, I thought I’d give it a try. The fact that it is currently on sale for $1 off at the LCBO helped my decision making as well.

The wine is a nice pale straw colour, and the nose is bursting with tropical fruit. This made me a bit worried that the wine would be sweet, but it didn’t let me down. The taste is crisp and fresh with lots of citrus flavours. The tropical fruit is in there too- definitely some pineapple. The finish is zippy- just enough tartness without being sour. It certainly doesn’t beat my favourite Kim Crawford. But, for half the price, I think this bottle may find itself next to Kim more often in the door of my fridge.

Overall, I give this wine 9/10 for taste and 4/5 for value.

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