2011 "Private Edition" Red Blend
Chile: Cachapoal Valley
We’re excited to welcome Valle Secreto back to our pages, with the release of their signature red, the delectable Valle Secreto 2011 “Private Edition” Red Blend.
This wine is a blend of Syrah (55%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and Carmenere (20%). This is a rich, layered, complex wine that our whole tasting panel adores!
Wow, what a powerful, inviting nose on this beauty! Grilled black cherry takes the lead, followed by aromas of smoked meat, mission fig, dried fall leaves, dried cranberry with subtle hints of cumin, coriander and cardamom.
Bold and delicious on the palate, with flavors of black cherry, grilled blackberry, smoked meat, dusty bramble, dried fall leaves, tobacco leaf, dried blueberry, spice box and a hint of grilled pimento.
The Valle Secreto vineyards are located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Upper Cachapoal. This area enjoys what is arguably the country’s best environment for wine grape. Superior grape ripening is possible, given the idyllic climatic characteristics, with large temperature variation between day and night. Valle Sectreto’s vines are low-yielding and only the best of the best go into Alejandra Vallejo’s flagship Private blend.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
92 points - Wine & Spirits Magazine
91 points - Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast - “Spicy, mildly herbal aromas of cassis and red-berry fruits feed into a racy, fresh palate with vital acidity and excellent overall balance. Flavors of spice and berry fruits are persistent, while the finish is deep and feels right. This blend of Syrah, Cabernet and Carmenère is entirely pleasing. Drink through 2018.”
90 points, Ana Maria Barahona, Guide Mujer y Vino 2014
Gold Medal, Catador W, Chile 2013
Gold Medal, Chile Wine Awards 2013
Dark red, cranberry-colored hues, from core to edge.
Grilled black cherry takes the lead, followed by aromas of smoked meat, mission fig, dried fall leaves, dried cranberry with subtle hints of cumin, coriander and cardamom.
Black cherry, grilled blackberry, smoked meat, dusty bramble, dried fall leaves, tobacco leaf, dried blueberry, spice box and a hint of grilled pimento.
Dark fruits fade to reveal a very long finish that’s filled with dar, earthy flavors. Medium firm tannins lock those flavors onto the palate while drying the palate, until all that is left is a plush dryness that reminds you to take another rich sip.
Enjoy this unique blend with grilled meats, fatty duck breast or… gosh, all on it’s own. This is a fun wine to sip and discuss.
What the Winery Says
- Alejandra Vallejo
- Red Blend
- 55% Syrah
- 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 20% Carménère
- Cachapoal Valley, Chile
- 18 months
- 100% new French oak