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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Kumeu River 2012 Hunting Hill Chardonnay (Kumeu)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $49

In 2012, my favorite of the Kumeu River Chardonnays is the medium- to full-bodied, creamy-textured offering from Hunting Hill. Think streusel-topped citrus, but dry, with a long, harmonious finish.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2015)
93
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Kumeu River 2011 Hunting Hill Chardonnay (Kumeu)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $45

The 2011 Hunting Hill is an immediately seductive Chardonnay. Toasted nuts, grilled white peaches and hints of pineapple all come together on a sumptuous midpalate, then finish bright, citrusy and long.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2015)
93
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Kumeu River 2011 Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay (Kumeu)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $51

The 2011 Mate’s Vineyard appears to have more focus and drive than the Hunting Hill, but fewer curves. Toasted nuts garnish pineapple and tangerine fruit, while the finish is long, tight and richly textured. This should be long-lived by New Zealand Chardonnay standards; drink now–2022.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2015)
93
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Babich 2010 The Patriarch Premium Red Wine (Hawke's Bay)

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  • Online Exclusive
  1. $60

At almost two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a dark, intense, cassis-laden wine. It’s full-bodied and richly textured, with obvious cellaring potential of at least 7 or 8 years. Dark chocolate and gentle coffee notes creep in on the midpalate, while the long, mouthwatering finish features layers of soft tannins.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2015)
92
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Kumeu River 2012 Coddington Chardonnay (Kumeu)

  1. $45

Smoke and custard notes accent scents of wet stone and citrus, while the palate delivers white peach, lime and vanilla flavors. This is plump and full in the mouth, yet still finishes with mouthwatering precision.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2015)
92
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Greywacke 2011 Chardonnay (Marlborough)

  1. $39

This is a moderately rich Chardonnay, loaded with hints of pineapples, white peaches and roasted cashews. It’s round in the mouth, delivering ample weight and complexity, yet finishes long, with fresh, citrusy acids. Drink now–2016.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2015)
92
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Sacred Hill 2011 Helmsman Red (Hawke's Bay)

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  1. $85

Full-bodied and fairly tannic, but showing ample depth of fruit, this Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend shows plenty of mocha and cedar, but also intense flavors of black cherry and cassis and a long, layered finish. Drink now–2023.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2015)
92
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Soho 2011 McQueen Pinot Noir (Central Otago)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $44

Made by Grant Taylor (Valli), this is a silky-textured wine that should remain delicious through at least 2020. It’s not the ripest vintage, but there’s ample plum and black cherry fruit, subtle rosemary and thyme notes and a touch of mocha.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2015)
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