Review: Wines of Chile’s Neyen, Ritual, and Primus

Huneeus Vintners manages a portfolio of wines from around the globe. Three of its South American Portfolio wines, all from Chile, were just released in new vintages. We tasted them all!

2008 Neyen Espiritu de Apalta Colchagua Valley – 80% Carmenere, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky deep maroon. Big plum character, with ample cinnamon, dark chocolate, and vanilla notes. Big body with a lasting, yet balanced, finish. Deep and rich, it stands up well to a big meal while also working enjoyably as a winter sipper. A / $50

2011 Ritual Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley – Ample fruit, with a bit of a thin body. Lots of jammy strawberry and cherry here. Easygoing, with a short, lightly vegetal finish. B- / $20

2010 Primus The Blend Colchagua Valley – A rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah and Merlot. Quite compelling, it’s got plenty of fruit despite an ample density. Almost salty up front, the plums and cedar wood in the middle give it ample complexity and drinkability. B+ / $20

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