New: Casillero del Diablo’s Devilish Releases

 

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon

Casillero del Diablo Devilish Release Cabernet Sauvignon

Casillero del Diablo Devilish Release Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Casillero del Diablo Devilish Release Sauvignon Blanc

Casillero del Diablo Devilish Release Sauvignon Blanc

 

Casillero del Diablo means “Devil’s  Cellar” in Spanish, and legend has it that a wealthy man with a large wine cellar frightened the staff away from his best bottles by telling them that the devil lived in that part of the cellar.

Quaint as that story may be, there is no doubt that Concha Y Toro has a devilish good line with the Casillero del Diablo label. In fact, the “label” has a new look this year–in the form of a graphic design painted on the bottle. And for the autumn season they have taken the devil theme a little further by offering a “Devilish Release”–in the form of bottles painted with specially designed lucifer flames.(Only about $11.00 retail)

A great trick for a Halloween party–but the treat is the wine inside. While the bottles look different, the familiar quality and value are still there.

The Casillero del Diablo sauvignon blanc I sampled recently was a mouth-watering delight. Loaded with citrus and gooseberry, the devil himself would have a tough time prying a glass of this from my hand. Aromatic and intensely flavorful–long finish.

Casillero del Diablo’s Cabernet Sauvignon is such a deal. Plum and cherry come together and play nicely right along side the American oak. This one screams, “party wine”.

New Releases from Rutherford Wine Company

Rutherford Ranch Cabernet, 2014

Rutherford Ranch Cabernet, 2014

Lander-Jenkins Cabernet, 2014

Lander-Jenkins Cabernet, 2014

Predator Zinfandel, 2014

Predator Zinfandel, 2014

Rhiannon Red, 2014

Rhiannon Red, 2014

Two Range Red, 2014

Two Range Red, 2014

Scott Arroyo Secco Chardonnay, 2014

Scott Arroyo Secco Chardonnay, 2014

Rutherford is a sub-appellation of Napa Valley and home to some of California’s leading producers. Family owned and operated for three generations, Rutherford Wine Company labels include: Rutherford Ranch, Scott Family Estate, Predator Wines, Rhiannon Red Wine, Lander-Jenkins, and Round Hill California wines. There is something for just about every taste in this line-up:

Rutherford Ranch Cabernet, 2014 is full-bodied cab showing dark cherry/chocolate notes and a long finish with smooth tannins. Lush Napa fruit. $35.00

Lander-Jenkins Cabernet, 2014 displays aromas and flavors of blackberry, cranberry, and dark cherry. Medium-body–easy drinking. $15.00

Predator Zinfandel, 2014. Intense and full-bodied, Predator is loaded with red berries, blackberry, and smokey spice. Mouthwatering. $15.00

Rhiannon Red, 2014. A marriage of petite syrah, syrah, and barbera, Rhiannon brings Bing cherry and raspberry with a solid backbone of dark fruit thanks to the barbera component. Made for BBQ. $12.00

Two Range Red, 2014 combines merlot, petite syrah, cabernet, and syrah, producing rich tannins on a full body. Black cherry, raspberry, chocolate, and spice all come together in a lingering finish. $25.00

Scott Family Arroyo Secco (Dry Creek) Chardonnay, 2014. Barrel fermented on the lees, Scott chardonnay is a rich mouthful of citrus, apricot, and nutty cream. Lush. $25.00