The temperature outside is getting colder, meals are getting hardier and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper are the flavors of the season. It’s the ideal time for drinking bigger, more mouth-filling red wines.
Bold and spicy with a nice finesse, the Kuyen 2008 red blend from Chile is a wine to enjoy this fall. Winemaker Alvaro Espinoza and his wife Marina craft the wine from biodynamically grown grapes on their small estate in the Maipo Valley. Kuyen means “moon” in Mapuche, a Chilean native language.
The wine is 49% Syrah, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Carmenere. The wine was aged for six months in French oak barrels, then aged an additional six months in the bottle before it was released.
Full and intense, the Kuyen 2008 is a wine that will warm up your palate this November. Black cherry, plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black pepper, clove and a hint of dark chocolate. Velvety tannins, well-balanced acidity and a long finish make this a really pleasing sip.
Pair the Kuyen 2008 with lamb, steak, grilled or braised red meat or hearty stews.
A bottle of the Kuyen 2008 costs approximately $30.