Joe Czerwinski

Managing Editor of Digital and Print

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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Jules Taylor 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $17
A ripe, lush style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, this features ample nectarine and cassis fruit, tinged with just a bit of green leafiness. Ample weight on the mouth gives way to a long, mouthwatering finish. Winemaker Jules Taylor is on a roll.  — J.C.  (7/1/2014)
92
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Mud House 2013 The Woolshed Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  1. $28
This wine reflects many of the refinements that have crept into New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc over recent years. There’s just a hint of sweatiness, not out-of-control thiols, and the texture is silky, giving a rich feel without requiring high alcohol levels. Gooseberries and pink grapefruit round to the flavor profile, ending on a clean, refreshing note.  — J.C.  (7/1/2014)
92
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Saint Clair 2013 Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Dillons Point Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  1. $27
The Pioneer Block series from Saint Clair remains a reference point for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This year, I had a slight preference for Block 3 from the low-lying Dillons Point subregion. It’s grassy yet ripe, with flamboyant nectarine and gooseberry notes, plenty of weight and textural interest and a long, mouth coating finish.  — J.C.  (7/1/2014)
92
points

Saint Clair 2013 Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  1. $29
As usual, the Wairau Reserve is Saint Clair’s biggest, plushest, most opulent Sauvignon Blanc bottling. Bold and unabashedly tropical in nature, it screams passion fruit aloud, then settles down into a mouthwatering, slightly chalky finish of immodest length.  — J.C.  (7/1/2014)
92
points

Jules Taylor 2012 OTQ Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  1. $22
Hand-picked, whole-cluster pressed, barrel-fermented—this represents one of the directions forward-thinking NZ Sauvignon Blanc producers are pursuing. It’s fully ripe and velvety in texture, with toasty, nutty notes but no obvious vanilla overtones, as only used oak is employed. Peach and nectarine flavors finish long and citrusy.  — J.C.  (7/1/2014)
91
points

Clos Henri 2013 Petit Clos Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $16
A French-owned outpost in the South Pacific, Clos Henri seems to be finally coming of age. This entry-level offering delivers a hint of smoky, fumé character, but also plenty of ripe fruit, ranging from fig, melon and stone fruit to zestier notes of passion fruit. It’s reasonably full-bodied, with an attractive, silky mouthfeel and a touch of gingery spice on the finish.  — J.C.  (7/1/2014)
91
points

Eradus 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Awatere Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $18
This relatively small estate in the Awatere Valley continues to impress. The tomato leaf character of the region comes through loud and clear without being overbearing, being balanced by passion fruit and gooseberry flavors. It’s reasonably full in body, yet finishes spicy, prickly and refreshing.  — J.C.  (7/1/2014)
91
points

Kim Crawford 2013 Spitfire Small Parcels Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  1. $26
This top-flight effort features herbal, slightly pungent notes that accentuate the wine’s ripe, nectarine-like stone-fruit elements. There’s ample weight and richness on the palate, lightened on the finish by a fresh, green-leafy component.  — J.C.  (7/1/2014)
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