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Hartwood Winery
(703) 752-4893
345 Hartwood Road
Fredericksburg, VA

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Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery
(540) 663-2813
8215 Oak Crest Dr
King George, VA
 
Cooper Vineyards
(540) 894-5253
13372 Shannon Hill Rd
Louisa, VA

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Dominion Wine Cellars
Number One Winery Ave.
Culpeper, VA

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Stone Mountain Vineyards
(434) 990-9463
1376 Wyatt Mountain Road
Dyke, VA
 
Rogers Ford Farm Winery
(540) 439-3707
14674 Rogers Ford Road
Sumerduck, VA
 
Athena Winery And Vineyards
474 Edge Hill Farm Rd
Heathsville, VA

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Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery
9423 Batesville Road,
Afton, VA

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James River Wine Cellars
(804) 550-7516
11008 Washington Highway
Glen Allen, VA

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Gilbert Tallard
8982 Dick Woods Rd
Afton, 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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