2008 Antiyal Vinedo Escorial Maipo Valley
($60) Deep violet. Exotic aromas of candied dark berries, fruitcake, licorice and dried flowers. Lush and gently chewy in texture, displaying sweet blackberry and blueberry flavors and a sexy floral undertone. Becomes spicier with aeration, picking up star anise and black pepper notes that carry through a long, intensely perfumed, tannic finish. This wine’s structure bodes well for aging.
2008 Antiyal Kuyen Maipo Valley
($60; 43% carmenere, 39% cabernet sauvignon and 18% syrah) Glass-staining ruby. High-pitched, assertive aromas of raspberry and blackberry, complicated by floral and incense nuances and a hint of smoky herbs. Juicy, palate-staining red and dark berry preserve flavors show impressive purity and pick up sweetness with aeration. Lively and precise on the finish, which echoes the floral and smoke notes strongly. Incidentally, the 2007, which I had the chance to taste twice this winter, both in Chile and here in New York, is showing a wild array of spice-accented dark berry qualities and an exotic note of apricot. It’s quite open-knit now but has the depth to age for quite a bit longer.
2007 Antiyal Carmenere Vinedo Escorial Maipo Valley
($48-$60) Bright purple. Blackcurrant and cherry pit on the nose, enriched by pungent spice and tobacco qualities that gain power with air. Sweet, sappy red and dark berry flavors are framed by dusty tannins, becoming brighter on the back end. The spicy note recurs on the long, focused finish. Give this a little air. (Global Vineyard Importers, Berkeley, CA; T. Edward Wines, New York, NY)