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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Maison Nicolas Perrin 2012 Viognier (Condrieu)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $71

Rich, full and opulent, this is a honeyed, lush Condrieu probably best consumed by the end of 2015. Apricot and dried pineapple notes come across almost like a dry Sauternes, accented by lingering caramel and spice on the long finish.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
94
points

E. Guigal 2012 La Doriane Viognier (Condrieu)

  1. $132

This seems a tad more restrained than usual for La Doriane, which has typically been extremely lush and exotic in the past. The 2012 isn’t as over the top, but still shows plenty of ripe apricot and tropical fruit framed by smoky oak and baking spices. The finish is long and mouthwatering, suggesting at least a few years of longevity.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
93
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Michel & Stéphane Ogier 2012 La Combe de Malleval Viognier (Condrieu)

  1. $95

Like the rest of the 2012 Condrieus recently tasted, this is full-bodied and rich without being overdone. Apricot and ginger aromas lead into flavors reminiscent of honeycomb, white pepper and apricot. The texture is slightly oily, but that’s balanced on the finish by peppery spice.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
93
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Les Vins de Vienne 2012 La Chambée Viognier (Condrieu)

  1. $85

This luxury bottling spends nine months in barrel, yet shows little overt oak. It’s full, ripe and opulent without going over the top, boasting aromas and upfront flavors of honeydew, apricot and bergamot. Then the long, mouthwatering finish folds in hints of honey and pineapple without any hint of bitterness.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
92
points

Mas de Libian 2012 Khayyâm Red (Côtes du Rhône)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $20

This superripe blend of Grenache (70%), Syrah (15%) and Mourvèdre (15%) is full-bodied, with a rich, creamy texture and a long, velvety finish. Spice and herb notes accent dusty black cherries, and a hint of cocoa sneaks in as well. Drink now–2017.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
91
points

Chêne Bleu 2013 Grenache-Syrah-Cinsault Rosé (Ventoux)

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  1. $34

This is a very pale rosé from a relatively high elevation site, so it shows ample crispness and elegance. Delicate aromas of herbs and citrus lead into flavors of peach and lime, with a bit of wet stone on the long, refreshing finish. This is well balanced and long, not a simple fruity rosé.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
91
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André Brunel 2012 Red (Côtes du Rhône)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $16

An excellent value, this comes from vines that average 40 years of age. It’s unusually complex for the price, offering hints of cracked pepper, clove, leather, plum and mint, all delivered with ample weight and a rich, supple texture. Drink now–2020.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
91
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Château Saint Esteve d'Uchaux 2012 Tradition Grenache-Syrah (Côtes du Rhône)

  • Best Buy
  1. $15

From a leading small domaine, this blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah is sure to make virtually any lover of Rhône wines smile. Crushed thyme accents ripe cherry fruit in this full-bodied, moderately rich wine that ends with a dusting of velvety tannins. Drink now–2018.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
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