Antiyal Kuyen 2008

Red Blends from Chile, South America

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Item No. 109665
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • boutique wine
  • ST92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

Kuyen, which means "moon" in the Chilean native language Mapuche, is made by Espinoza and his wife Marina on their small estate in the Maipo Valley. It is a wine made to honor "the ancient traditions and cosmic vision of the people of the earth." This is a 49% Syrah, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Carmenere blend made with grapes from the Maipo Valley. Kuyen's grapes are biodynamically grown, which Espinoza believes gives his fruit a superior expression of terroir.

The Kuyen blend is aged in French oak barrels, then bottled and aged an additional six months in the cellar prior to release. This vintage shows deep color with intense aromas of dark fruit, spice and minerals. The palate has good texture with volume, body and a long finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Glass-staining ruby. High-pitched, assertive aromas of raspberry and blackberry, complicated by floral and incense nuances and a hint of smoky herbs. Juicy, palate-staining red and dark berry preserve flavors show impressive purity and pick up sweetness with aeration. Lively and precise on the finish, which echoes the floral and smoke notes strongly. Incidentally, the 2007, which I had the chance to taste twice this winter, both in Chile and here in New York, is showing a wild array of spice-accented dark berry qualities and an exotic note of apricot. It's quite open-knit now but has the depth to age for quite a bit longer."
92 Points

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Loaf - Denver, CO (read all my reviews)

Style: Earthy & Spicy
If you don't like Carmenere, don't jump in to this one. While it's a blend, and the fruit is great with a good structure, the Carmenere comes right through. The smoky and spicy nature of the Carmenere is great here, and, for my taste, the berry fruit of the Syrah is a winner. We like this for a good 'anytime is the right time' wine. Just a bit expensive for the every day wine - but we'd use it for that if we could! Also, we picked it up on sale for $16 - and I wouldn't go higher than that. There are better values out there unless it's on a good sale.
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Style: Big & Bold
Another value red from a good producer in Chile. Nice nose, moderate tannins, and lingering finish.
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Learn About Antiyal Map ItMap It

Álvaro Espinoza is one of the finest winemakers in South America today, as well as one of the foremost biodynamic winemakers in the world. His celebrated wine Antiyal is often referred to as Chile's first "garage wine." Antiyal produces fewer than 400 cases of wine a year in the sleepy Maipo Valley town of Alta Jahuel.

Learn About Chile

(CHEE-lay) Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south - also why the country has remained phylloxera free....

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