Antiyal Kuyen 2008
Other Red Blends from Chile
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.
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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. View all Antiyal Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (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. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.2 out of 5 stars
18 ratings, 6 with reviewsAnonymous - Erie, CO16/18/2017delacampo - Chicago, IL16/18/2017Shoblock - Matawan, NJ310/11/201542/16/2013411/1/2012OK2rph - Scobey, MT15/28/2012After opening the third bottle of this wine I believe I can honestly say this vintage has gone bad. It has a pungent somewhat rotten bouquet and an acrid flavor that no amount of breathing can tame.Anonymous - Myrtle Beach, SC34/24/201254/12/2012
Loaf - Denver, CO43/3/2012
- 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.virgo22 - Big Rapids, MI310/11/2011WildeWine - Brooklyn, NY18/14/2011This wine tasted very bitter to me. I tried to drink later, but the initial fruit flavors were still overpowered by spicy floral notes.29/30/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC49/28/2011wine educator - Eugene, OR49/15/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
Another value red from a good producer in Chile. Nice nose, moderate tannins, and lingering finish.richard hirsch - Denver, CO49/1/2011Jonathan Hoehn - Portland, OR58/10/2011Preman - Richardson, TX38/8/201127/13/2011A bit rough. Can do better for the same price.SteamboatCB - Englewood, CO46/10/2011
- Big & Bold