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    Antiyal Kuyen 2008
    Other Red Blends - Chile, South America

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    • ST92
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 92 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Chile, South America

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Other Info: Green Wines, Boutique Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 109665

    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
    International Wine Cellar
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    User Reviews:

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    John Westcott (11/1/2012)
    OK
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    Loaf (3/3/2012)
    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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    wine educator (9/15/2011)
    Another value red from a good producer in Chile. Nice nose, moderate tannins, and lingering finish.
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    WineDog (7/13/2011)
    A bit rough. Can do better for the same price.
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    2rph (5/28/2012)
    After 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.
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    WildeWine (10/6/2011)
    This wine tasted very bitter to me. I tried to drink later, but the initial fruit flavors were still overpowered by spicy floral notes.
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    Lee Reed (4/12/2012)
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    Jonathan Hoehn (8/10/2011)
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    Mary R (9/28/2011)

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