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Secreto, Ribera del Duero 2018

3.777780000 star rating 9 Reviews
A beautifully crafted Spanish red from Ribera del Duero, famous for its fine, intense wines from tinta del pais (aka tempranillo). Secreto is layered with blueberry fruit and ripe tannins.
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Code: SP17071

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2026
  • 14% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural
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Secreto, Ribera del Duero Video transcript

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Here we have a special wine from a special place in Spain.

The region is Ribera del Duero, a few hours drive north of Madrid, high up on the Meseta.

It's continental, surrounded by land. The climate here is quite fierce, extraordinarily hot during the summer, incredibly cold during the winter.

The season is short, so tempranillo grows really successfully in very specially sited vineyards, and Secreto comes from one of these special places.

This is a wine that really expresses Ribera's expression of tempranillo, which is all about power and intensity.

You can see by the colour of the wine. It's dark, almost opaque. It spends twelve months in oak, which gives it a lovely sort of exotic, smoky flavour. This is a full-bodied, powerful style of Ribera, but perhaps with a sense of elegance that many other Riberas aspire to.

I do hope you enjoy drinking this.

Viña Mayor

Viña Mayor was created in 1986 and is situated in Quintanilla De Onésimo, where vineyards are found on the famous ‘Golden Mile’, the most prestigious and sought-after zone in Ribera del Duero, and just a stone’s throw from the iconic Vega Sicilia estate. The winery effortlessly combines tradition with innovation, an ethos spearheaded by the visionary Technical Director, Almudena Alberca MW, the celebrated first Spanish female Master of Wine.

Environmental sustainability
Viña Mayor are also the first winery in Ribera del Duero to obtain 'Wineries for Climate Protection' certification while developing an ambitious project of regenerative viticulture alongside a biodiversity plan to recover and protect local flora and fauna.

As part of gaining this certification, Viña Mayor has reduced emissions by 19%. 100% of the electricity they use is from certified renewable sources, which has led to a 450-tonne reduction in their CO2 emissions. In an area where water scarcity is a major challenge, they have moved to lower planting densities to reduce the need for water, improved our pruning to make the vine more resilient and changed to drought-resistant rootstocks. 10 hectares of their vineyards have been certified as organic since 2012, and another 12 hectares gained organic certification in 2022.

They have also shifted to the use of sustainable wood in the vineyard: they have increased by 50% the contracting of suppliers that use FSC...

Viña Mayor was created in 1986 and is situated in Quintanilla De Onésimo, where vineyards are found on the famous ‘Golden Mile’, the most prestigious and sought-after zone in Ribera del Duero, and just a stone’s throw from the iconic Vega Sicilia estate. The winery effortlessly combines tradition with innovation, an ethos spearheaded by the visionary Technical Director, Almudena Alberca MW, the celebrated first Spanish female Master of Wine.

Environmental sustainability
Viña Mayor are also the first winery in Ribera del Duero to obtain 'Wineries for Climate Protection' certification while developing an ambitious project of regenerative viticulture alongside a biodiversity plan to recover and protect local flora and fauna.

As part of gaining this certification, Viña Mayor has reduced emissions by 19%. 100% of the electricity they use is from certified renewable sources, which has led to a 450-tonne reduction in their CO2 emissions. In an area where water scarcity is a major challenge, they have moved to lower planting densities to reduce the need for water, improved our pruning to make the vine more resilient and changed to drought-resistant rootstocks. 10 hectares of their vineyards have been certified as organic since 2012, and another 12 hectares gained organic certification in 2022.

They have also shifted to the use of sustainable wood in the vineyard: they have increased by 50% the contracting of suppliers that use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood.

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Almudena Alberca MW is moving onto higher ground with Vina Mayor year after year. This is a wine for hedonists: intensely fragrant, deftly built on bright and expressive fruit, an excellent entry point to ...
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Dark berries dominate Secreto with bramble and blueberry scents and flavours. This is full-bodied, rich and smooth with a savoury edge. There are notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon and spice.

Carol Brown

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Smooth yet inky in colour, [this] provides classy black cherry and plum flavours with firm tannin but gentle acidity and suspicions of cola, anise and a subtle sweetness within its nicely rounded density. ...
Smooth yet inky in colour, [this] provides classy black cherry and plum flavours with firm tannin but gentle acidity and suspicions of cola, anise and a subtle sweetness within its nicely rounded density.
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Deep crimson. There�s a sweetness here, pure black fruit and a hint of tar. Chewy, benchmark Ribera with a definite spine that I might have attributed to the Cabernet but the percentage is very low. Firm, ...
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