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Viu Manent Secreto Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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Winemaker Notes

A very young light greenish-yellow in color. The intense nose features aromas of exotic fruits, pineapple, lime, grapefruit, white peach, and sea salt. The palate is intense, fruity, and well balanced with good volume, fresh acidity with a pleasingly long finish.

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RP 91
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The 2013 Secreto Sauvignon Blanc is produced from fruit sourced from the cooler Casablanca valley, since where they are located (Colchagua) is too warm for white grapes. The fruit grows in two vineyards in Las Dichas region on granite and quartz soils, and in Pitama, closer to the sea, both in the westernmost and cooler zone within Casablanca. The wine was fermented in stainless steel without malolactic. 2013 was a very cold vintage and produced a very fresh, aromatic wine (and also high yields), but the grapes ripened properly as they harvested very late. With herbaceous notes, great acidity and tension as well as a very lively palate, the great intensity of flavors are pure and clean, quite Sancerre-like, with a mineral, salty finish. A great Sauvignon at a very attractive price, this white is very drinkable but should have an interesting evolution in bottle. Drink now-2017.
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Viu Manent, Casablanca Valley, Chile
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In 1966, Don Miguel Viu Manent purchased this Chilean winery and vineyard estate that dates back to the 1800's. Since 1990, the owners have made major investments in state-of-the-art technology necessary for the production of fine wines.

Casablanca Valley

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A region that has become synonymous with some of the best whites of Chile, the Casablanca Valley is full of dozens of bodegas who either grow fruit here or come from outside to source from local growers for their own white wine programs. The valley runs from east to west, which means that its westernmost vineyards receive the most cooling influence from the reliable afternoon sea breezes. The soils also tend to be heavier in clay in the west, whereas the eastern end of the valley is warmer and its soils are predominantly granitic. Sauvignon blanc thrives here, Chardonnay does well and Pinot noir is not uncommon.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. However, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and here is most important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand, California, Australia and parts of northeastern Italy. Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon blanc.

In the Glass

From its homeland In Bordeaux, winemakers prefer to blend it with Sémillon to produce a softer, richer style. In the Loire Valley, it expresses citrus, flint and smoky flavors, especially from in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, often reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California produces fruity and rich oak-aged versions as well as snappy and fresh, Sauvignon blancs, which never see any oak.

Perfect Pairings

The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor lends it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood and mild Asian cuisine. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like artichokes or asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

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