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Date Printed: 3/30/2015
Antiyal Kuyen 2008
Antiyal Kuyen 2008
(search item no. 109665)
green wine
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 3/30/2015: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

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.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Antiyal:

  • 2011 (search item no. 123846)
  • 2011 Kuyen (search item no. 131012)
  • 2012 (search item no. 137026)

About Antiyal:

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.