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.
"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."
International Wine Cellar
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.
Big & Bold
Another value red from a good producer in Chile. Nice nose, moderate tannins, and lingering finish.