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Cabernet Sauvignon: Chile’s Flagship Variety

April 5, 2012

It is by far the most widely planted grape variety in Chile. The country’s climate and soil conditions have helped create high quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines comparable to those of major producers of this variety such as France, the United States and Australia. We invite you to discover all the characteristics and benefits of our Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon.

Considered the major red wine variety in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon is characteristically a complex, full-bodied and fairly tannic wine. In Chile we can find vineyards with this variety across the length and width of the Central Valley.

The Central Valley: Birthplace of our Cabernet Sauvignon

The Central Valley spreads from north to south between the Maipo and Maule rivers; on the east it is bound by the Andes Mountains and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. It has strongly marked seasons during the year, particularly summer where the sun and high temperatures play a key role in the grapes’ ideal ripeness. This valley’s renowned climate produces the famously elegant and refined Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Soils in the valley exhibit wide diversity. The best Central Valley vineyards were selected to produce Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon: stony, well-drained soils in the Maipo Valley which deliver elegance and cassis notes; sandy clay loam in the Rapel Valley contributes with ripe, concentrated fruit to the blend and finally the stony, red clay soils of the Maule Valley provide red fruit and powerful tannins.

Agricultural and Winemaking Excellence

They say that behind a great wine there is always an extraordinary winemaking team – and this case is no exception. The winemaking team, led by Marcelo Papa, has been a crucial element in the brand’s development. The team has been able to extract the best each valley has to offer to produce different varieties, giving each type of wine its own identity while, at the same time, improving the quality of each Casillero del Diablo bottle with consistent winemaking quality across all brand lines.

Thanks to the outstanding work of the many areas that make up Casillero del Diablo, its Reserve wine range has achieved very significant international distinctions, such as “The Finest Value Cabernet on the Planet” award to Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon by prestigious wine critic Matthew Jukes, in the Daily Mail, United Kingdom.

We invite you to uncork a bottle of Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon. You will discover its deep, ruby-red color; cherry, black redcurrant and plum aromas and medium body with firm, and silky tannins. This wine is an ideal accompaniment to red meats, spicy dishes and ripe cheese such as Gruyere or blue cheeses. Cheers!