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Attimo Winery
4071 Childress Rd
Christiansburg, VA

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AmRhein Wine Cellars
(540) 929-4632
9243 Patterson Drive
Bent Mountain, VA
Villa Appalaccia Winery
(540) 593-3100
752 Rock Castle Gorge
Floyd, VA
Boundary Rock Farm & Vineyard
414 Riggins Rd Nw
Willis, VA

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Blue Ridge Vineyard
1207 Shiloh Dr
Eagle Rock, VA

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Firefly Hill Vineyards
4289 Northfork Rd
Elliston, VA

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Amrhein Wine Cellars
9243 Patterson Rd
Bent Mountain, VA

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Chateau Morrisette Winery
(703) 593-2865
287 Winery Rd
Floyd, VA

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Peaks Of Otter Winery
(540) 586-3707
2122 Sheep Creek Road
Bedford, VA
Jefferson Vineyards
(434) 977-3042
1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA
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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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