Joe Czerwinski

Managing Editor

Reviews wines from Australia, New Zealand and the Rhône.

In his role, Joe Czerwinski manages all aspects of digital and print production for Wine Enthusiast Magazine as well as helping drive the creative direction of the dynamic online and print publications. Czerwinski has been a wine journalist, editor and taster for over a decade and is a regular wine panelist, speaker and educator for events and organizations worldwide. Czerwinski was previously Senior Editor and Tasting Director for Wine Enthusiast Media. Czerwinski currently reviews wines from Australia, New Zealand and the Rhône Valley in France.

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Penfolds 2009 Grange Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $850
Huge dill and vanilla aromas wrap around intense mixed-berry fruit, ending on notes of espresso and dark chocolate. It’s full bodied and richly textured, but perhaps a bit coarse as well. This may not be the biggest, baddest or longest-lived Grange, but it maintains the Grange standard of excellence. Drink 2020–2030.  — J.C.  (10/1/2014)
95
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Penfolds 2010 St. Henri Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $100
This dense, richly textured wine packs in a ton of cassis and blackberry fruit. Yet the tannins are firm, the acids crisp. Because this wine is matured in old, large oak vats—and hence exposed to less oxygen than it would if matured in small barrels—it often needs considerable time in the bottle to come around. Drink 2016–2025+.  — J.C.  (10/1/2014)
94
points

Kay Brothers 2010 Amery Vineyard Block 6 Shiraz (McLaren Vale)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $120
This is a McLaren Vale classic, produced from vines planted in 1892. It’s a full-bodied, chewy style that marries cedar and mint to deep, plummy fruit. Like many of the big-name Australian Shirazes, this doesn’t require cellaring, but will reward it, at least through 2020.  — J.C.  (10/1/2014)
94
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Kilikanoon 2010 Attunga 1865 Shiraz (Clare Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $235
Fruit from 900 of some of the planet’s oldest vines goes into this wine, which gives it an interesting link to the past as well as being excellent. Cedary notes frame blueberry and blackberry fruit, picking up nuances of menthol, hickory smoke and mocha along the way. The supple tannins seem to gain grip as you sip, finishing firm enough to suggest cellaring up to…  — J.C.  (10/1/2014)
94
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Torbreck 2010 RunRig Shiraz-Viognier (Barossa Valley)

  1. $225
A perplexing wine to evaluate, the 2010 RunRig (97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier) evolves rapidly once poured, going from slightly stewed and overoaked to a wine that shows considerable class within 20 minutes or so. Aromas and flavors of brown sugar, mocha and roasted meat give way to raspberry compote, while the creamy texture and supple tannins conceal the wine’s high…  — J.C.  (10/1/2014)
93
points

Angove 2009 The Medhyk Old Vine Shiraz (McLaren Vale)

  1. $95
Full-bodied and creamy-textured, this is a lush, fruit-forward Shiraz. Yet it manages to cram in layers of cherry, vanilla and mint without seeming overly confected, balanced by the mocha and roasted-meat notes on a long, softly dusty finish.  — J.C.  (10/1/2014)
93
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Cullen 2011 Kevin John Chardonnay (Margaret River)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $109
Cullen’s Kevin John remains one of Australia’s classiest Chardonnays. The 2011 starts off with delicate scents of toasted almond and ripe pear, then develops strident citrus and tropical-fruit flavors. It’s plump enough in the mouth to satisfy while remaining only medium bodied. The mouthwatering finish seems to last forever. Drink now–2020.  — J.C.  (10/1/2014)
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Penfolds 2010 Magill Estate Shiraz (Adelaide)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $130
This full-bodied Shiraz features ample blueberry and blackberry fruit, embellished with lashings of vanilla- and brown sugar-laden oak. The tannins are somewhat chewy and the acids fresh, suggesting longevity. Finishes long and compelling. Drink now–2025.  — J.C.  (10/1/2014)
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