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Lake Sylvia Vineyards
Rte. 1 Box 149
South Haven, MN

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Millner Vineyard, Llc
32025 State Highway 15
Kimball, MN

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Morgan Creek Vineyard
(507) 947-3547
23707 478Th Avenue
New Ulm, MN

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Goose Lake Farm & Winery
(763) 753-9632
6760 213th Ave NW
Elk River, MN
 
Forestedge Winery
(219) 224-3535
35295 State 64
Laporte, MN

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Milner Hertitage
(320) 398-2081
32025 State Hwy. 15
Kimball, MN

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Buffalo Rock Winery
(763) 682-9463
4527 23Rd St Se
Buffalo, MN

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Vintage One Wines
(763) 323-0620
11631 Magnolia Court
Champlin, MN
 
White Rabbit Vineyards & Winery
N 2614 Shore Dr
Cass Lake, MN

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Winehaven Winery & Vineyard
(651) 257-1017
9757 292Nd Street
Chisago City, MN

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The Wines of �lvaro Espinoza: Kuyen and Antiyal

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Morgan VineyardsAbout a year ago we stopped by Antiyal, Álvaro Espinoza (pictured here) and Marina Ashton’s estate in Chile’s Upper Maipo Valley. Since new releases of their wines are now available, it is time to revisit the wines. 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.

Álvaro is son of another winemaker, Mario Espinoza, and studied enology in Chile at a time prior to its wine export boom when winemaking was not regarded as a promising profession. He previously made wine at Viña Carmen, and he continues to make wine at Emiliana Orgánico and Rayun, both of which are farmed organically and biodynamically. In our Report # 21 earlier this year titled The Chilean Wine Revolution, we gave the Emiliana “G” red blend one of our very highest evaluations. The two wines reviewed here—Kuyen and Antiyal—also consistently receive plaudits from the wine critics, including yours truly.

Global Vineyard Wine Importers of Berkeley, CA, brings in Kuyen and Antiyal.

Kuyen 2008 ($30) 90+

KuyenFirst launched in 2001, this wine is quite an exotic blend of dark fruit, earth and spice. It’s not an up-front-fruit knocks your socks off kind of wine but, rather, complex and subtle on the attack. There’s a purity of berry fruit on the nose with accents of earth and cured olives. It’s a bit reserved on the palate at the present with layers of spice and earth on a backdrop of dark red fruit, finishing with ripe tannins and notable length. We recommend cellaring for a year or two, but if you must drink it now, please decant a couple of hours in advance of the meal. Kuyen is sourced from fruit grown at Álvaro and Marina’s home estate. It is a blend of Syrah (49%), Cabernet Sauvignon (34%), and Carmenè...

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