Joe Czerwinski

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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Escarpment 2013 Kupe Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Martinborough)

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The best of Escarpment’s latest bevy of single-vineyard releases, Kupe (ku-pay) is from the close-planted vineyard nearest the winery on Te Muna Road. It’s floral upfront, loaded with raspberry and blueberry fruit and amazingly supple despite using 70% whole clusters and 50% new oak. Drink 2016–2025.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2015)
93
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Pegasus Bay 2012 Pinot Noir (Waipara Valley)

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Peg Bay is the flagship winery of Waipara, yet the wines remain realistically priced. Plum, cola and cherry notes are accompanied by strongly umami sensations akin to mushroom and roasted beef, giving this wine ample complexity. While the wine is concentrated, it has an airy, graceful feel to it. Drink 2016–2024.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2015)
92
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Domaine Maby 2014 Prima Donna Rosé (Tavel)

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  1. $18

This complex rosé effortlessly combines hints of flowers, dried spices, garrigue and red berries. It’s full-bodied yet paradoxically weightless, buoyed by a long finish of crushed stone and fresh lime juice. Drink it over the next few years.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2015)
92
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Escarpment 2013 Te Rehua Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Martinborough)

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Veteran winemaker Larry McKenna says Te Rehua consistently shows the most ripeness of his various single-vineyard wines. In this vintage, that comes across as a slightly jammy midpalate filled with plums and blackberries. Upfront, there’s a floral element, and on the finish, some dusty tannins. Try it once 2016 rolls around, and drink it through 2025.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2015)
91
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Omaka Springs 2014 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

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Hints of struck flint and white currant lead the way, followed by herbal, currant-like flavors and notes of fresh fig. This is medium-bodied, but with hints of creaminess to its texture and a long, wet-stone finish.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2015)
91
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Chateau d'Aqueria 2014 Rosé (Tavel)

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Full-bodied, rich and slightly warm, this assertive Tavel boasts notes of raspberry, peach and melon. It’s a bold, fruit-driven style that brightens on the finish, where crisp acids and a chalky feel add texture.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2015)
91
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Mas Carlot 2014 L’Irresistible Rosé (Costières de Nîmes)

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Produced from the estate’s old-vine Grenache, this is a silky, medium-bodied rosé. It’s pale in color, but bold in flavor, offering hints of strawberries, peaches and brine that finish long and mouthwatering.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2015)
91
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Nautilus 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

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  1. $19

This is a tight, crisp rendering of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Struck flint aromas add nuance, while the bright lemon-lime flavors whirl together into a citrus sorbet of refreshment.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2015)
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