Viu Manent Pinot Noir “Secreto”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- “Secreto” means “Secret” because up to 15% of the wine has up to 15% of a “Secret Blend” only known by the Winemaker.
- The grapes come from a vineyard near the town of Casablanca, approximately 12 miles from the sea.
- The Secret in this Pinot Noir, is that there is no “Secret.”
- Certified Vegan.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: The grapes were manually selected prior to destemming and were deposited uncrushed into stainless steel tanks for a 7-day pre-fermentation cold maceration at 46ºF for better extraction of color and aromas. The alcoholic fermentation took place with native yeasts at 77º–79ºC with 2 short pump-overs per day to extract only the most elegant tannins and obtain a fruitier, friendlier wine. The new wine then underwent malolactic fermentation naturally in French oak barrels and fouders. 27% of the wine spent 9 months in French oak foudres and 20% in previously used French oak barrels. The remaining 53% was kept in stainless steel tanks and cement eggs to contribute fruitiness and complexity to the final blend.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in color with intense aromas of fresh fruit complemented by floral and mineral notes along with blackcurrant, pencil lead, spices, and herbal notes. The palate is fresh with smooth, elegant tannins and just-right acidity, resulting in a wine with good balance and structure.
2018 – 91 James Suckling
After working as a wine merchant alongside his father and brother since the 1930’s, Miguel Viu Manent made the decision to branch out on his own in 1965, purchasing a historic vineyard and winery in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. The estate was and still is one of the most well-exposed sites in the region, and it included 150 hectares of pre-phylloxera massal selections from France.
This company provides us with wines we consider the best value wines in the country (see “Reserva line), forward/experimental options (see “Secreto” line), some of the most solid “under $20” varietal wines you’ll find anywhere in the world (see “Gran Reserva” line), site specific/terroir driven releases (see “Single Vineyard” wines), and most famously the iconic “Viu 1.” Malbec is clearly the house specialty here – Viu Manent was the first Chilean winery to bottle, label, and market Malbec, and they’ve for years been Chile’s Malbec leaders both in terms of accolades and quantity produced.
After nearly 100 years this firm is still family owned and operated (a rarity in Chile, especially for a winery of this size), all farming is certified sustainable, and two of Chile’s top names consult with the winery on a permanent basis – Roberto Pizarro (vineyard management) and Paul Hobbs (winemaking).