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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Ata Rangi 2013 Pinot Noir (Martinborough)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $55

Power and grace combine in this tour de force from Helen Masters, Ata Rangi’s winemaker. Toasty oak frames intense black cherry fruit, with hints of herbs adding a savory element. Firm tannins provide ample structure, while the lengthy finish prolongs the pleasure. Drink 2018–2025.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2015)
93
points

Schubert 2012 Marions Vineyard Pinot Noir (Martinborough)

This is so deliciously complex, yet so silky in texture. Smoky bacon notes entice the palate, even before the deep, ripe cherry fruit and faint herbal shadings register. A super effort; drink now–2018.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2015)
92
points

Akarua 2013 Rua Pinot Noir (Central Otago)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $35

This shows the immediate appeal of Central Otago’s 2013 vintage. Yes, the acids and tannins stick out a bit, but they’re cushioned by loads of ripe berry fruit. Hints of dried bracken and chocolate add complexity, while the finish glides to long, dusty completion. Drink now–2018.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2015)
92
points

Dog Point 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $22

Everything you’d ever want in a Sauvignon Blanc is here—and then some. Grassy, herbal, citrusy aromas set the pace, joined by some slightly feral, wooly pungency that adds even greater complexity. On the palate, it’s plump and mouthwatering without being excessively tart, and lingers gloriously on the finish.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2015)
92
points

Alana Estate 2013 Pinot Noir (Martinborough)

This looks to be reasonably long-lived, as it’s firm but fine. Cherries, mushrooms and toasty oak mingle easily around a backbone of silky tannins and crisp acids. Drink 2016–2022.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2015)
92
points

Akarua 2012 The Siren Bannockburn Pinot Noir (Central Otago)

  1. $130

This luxury-priced wine boasts plenty of ripe fruit, yet avoids being one-dimensional. Hints of smoke and damp moss add complexity to the cherry aromas and flavors, while the silky tannins glide easily over the palate. The finish is long, while simultaneously slightly dusty and mouthwatering. Drink now–2020.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2015)
92
points

Craggy Range 2012 Aroha Pinot Noir (Martinborough)

  1. $99

This has the look of a monster. It’s dense and dark in color, with brooding aromas of plum and mushroom. Yet that’s somewhat deceptive, because it’s relatively light and nimble on the palate. It’s a fine juxtaposition of darkness and levity that should drink well through 2020.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2015)
92
points

Ellero 2012 Pisa Terrace Pinot Noir (Central Otago)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $40

Hints of rosemary and thyme add a sheen to this wine’s already attractive gloss of black cherry fruit. Meaty and tarry elements add richness and depth to the flavors. This is richly textured and long on the finish. A fine effort from this American-owned venture.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2015)
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