2010 Neyen "Espíritu de Apalta" Apalta Colchagua Valley

SKU #1227162 92 points Wine Spectator

 Redolent of dried currant and sandalwood, this is a vibrant, gutsy red, featuring of deep vein of cocoa powder. Exhibits an elegant texture, with a finish that lingers with fig and olive notes. Drink now through 2019. 2,500 cases made.  (11/2014)

91 points James Suckling

 A round and juicy red with hints of sandalwood, dark berry and blueberry. Full body, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Opulent yet shy. A blend of half carmenere and cabernet sauvignon. Better in 2015.  (6/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Neyen shows more purity on the nose compared to the 2009, with blackberry, blueberry, flinty notes and a touch of smoke. It has fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins over a dense core of earthy, tobacco-infused black fruit. The finish shows more delineation and refinement than the 2009. There is a satisfying, sophisticated touch to this 2010. Drink 2014-2022.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

"Neyen was founded in 2002, one of the first wineries in the Apalta. However, vines had been cultivated in their vineyard since the 19th century. Moreover, they boast some Cabernet and Carmenere cuttings taken from Bordeaux as far back as 1890. It was bought by Raul Rojas in 1970 and a gravity-transfer winery was constructed in 2002; then in 2010 the estate was acquired by Huneeus Vintners, the Napa-based company that owns Veramonte in Casablanca. The vines are dry-farmed and yields are low – under 1kg per plant. They tend not to accumulate excessive sugar during the growing season and ripeness is said to be homogenous throughout the vineyard. I conducted a mini-vertical of this wine and am pleased to report that their finest release is the current one." -- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.