New Chilean Releases by Álvaro Espinoza: Antiyal, Kuyen, Coyam

When we last went to Chile we stopped by Antiyal, Álvaro Espinoza (pictured here) and Marina Ashton’s estate in Chile’s Upper Maipo Valley.  In the Chilean world of huge commercial wineries, Álvaro and Marina’s venture is unusual. Their estate is small, and they practice biodynamic viticulture and winemaking. They also make some of Chile’s very best red blends. We review the 2009 Antiyal and 2009 Kuyen wines here.  Alvaro is also consulting winemaker at Emiliana Orgánico where he makes the wines Coyam and Gê from biodynamically farmed vines.  We review Coyam here.

 The importer of Kuyen and Antiyal is Global Vineyard Wine Importers of Berkeley, CA. Coyam is imported by Banfi Vintners, Old Brookville NY.

 Tasting Notes

Antiyal 2009  ($65) 91+

Antiyal is consistently outstanding, vintage after vintage. The 2009 vintage shows superb integration of wood and fruit, an intriguing complexity of aromas and flavors, including underbrush, dark red fruit, and raspberry highlights. It has a softly textured palate and firm structure that make the wine very drinkable now but with the stuffing to age. Antiyal is a blend of Carmenère (41%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), and Syrah (24%) sourced from biodynamically certified vineyards (including the one surrounding Álvaro and Marina’s house).

Kuyen 2009 ($30) 90+

What an easy drinking wine! There’s loads of ripe, rich red fruit on the nose and palate with red raspberry notes and a hint of coffee beans. The palate is lush with beautiful, fresh red plum and berry fruit, finishing with excellent length and purity. Highly recommended.  A blend of 40% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenère, and 2% Petit Verdot.

Emiliana 2009 Coyam Colchagua ($34) 91

Opaque ruby red. Coyam is a densely aromatic and seriously structured wine showing dark red and black fruit with chocolate notes on the nose that carry over along with a tobacco spice and earth notes to a lush and rich palate. Finishes very long with good extract and firm tannins. It’s a blend of 41% Syrah, 29% Carmenère, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabermet Sauvignon and little Petite Verdot and Mourvèdre aged 13 months in 80% French and 20% American oak.  Coyam is made from certified biodynamic grapes.

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