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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Penfolds 2009 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $200
Penfolds Bin 707 has leapt in quality over the past few vintages. The 2009 features hints of mint, cedar and vanilla accenting ripe cassis fruit. It’s full bodied and rich, velvety without being overly soft, with a dusty tannic structure that should support it over two decades or more of aging. Drink 2015–2030+.  — J.C.  (4/1/2014)
94
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Thorn Clarke 2010 William Randell Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Eden Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $50
This Eden Valley wine displays classic Cabernet structure. It’s full-bodied and powerful, but never jammy or soft, like some Barossa Cabs. Vanilla accents pristine cassis fruit, which shows enormous depth. Drink 2018–2025, and very possibly beyond.  — J.C.  (4/1/2014)
94
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Yalumba 2008 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz (Barossa)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $54
Always one of Yalumba’s top offerings, the 2008 doesn’t show any of the vintage’s ill effects. Instead, this blend of Cabernet (56%) and Shiraz (44%) offers a rich, open-knit mouthful of chocomint and dark plum, underscored by savory, meaty notes. This is full bodied and supple, yet muscular, with at least a decade of cellaring potential.  — J.C.  (4/1/2014)
93
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Kumeu River 2010 Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay (Kumeu)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $53
Maté’s Vineyard stands apart from the other Kumeu River bottlings for its consistent acid line and persistent finish, while retaining all of the typical Chardonnay flourishes. Roasted-nut notes impart an almost nougat-like nuance to the fruit flavors of citrus and white peach, while the palate is big and broad but neither overly muscular nor flabby. Long and toasty…  — J.C.  (4/1/2014)
93
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Chapel Hill 2010 Shiraz (McLaren Vale)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $36
Powerful and concentrated, this Shiraz is seemingly imbued with the essence of dark fruit, framed by well-managed oak. Cedar, mint and cassis notes are a bit Cabernet-like, but the structure is pure Shiraz, broader and suppler than Cabernet, with a rich texture and a long finish. Drink now–2025.  — J.C.  (4/1/2014)
93
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Clearview 2010 Reserve Chardonnay (Hawke's Bay)

  1. $54
This is Chardonnay that makes no apologies for what it is: bold, lusty and unashamedly oaky. And what’s wrong with that? Smoke, roasted nuts and grilled peach notes set the stage, followed by an incredibly long, lime-driven finish. It’s delicious now, but should drink well for another 3–4 years at least.  — J.C.  (4/1/2014)
93
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Dog Point 2010 Chardonnay (Marlborough)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $38
A terrific effort, the 2010 Dog Point Chardonnay features bright, vibrant fruit of the peach and citrus varieties, framed by hints of scorched toast and caramel. It’s fairly full in body and voluptuously textured, yet still has great drive and energy, ending on a long, citrusy finish. Drink it over the next several years.  — J.C.  (4/1/2014)
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Mazza Vineyards 2010 Shiraz (McLaren Vale)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $30
A big, bruising example of McLaren Vale Shiraz, this is full bodied, with ample alcohol and chewy tannins. Blackberries dominate, but hints of licorice come through, adding interest. Any oak is barely noticeable, wrapped in the power and density of the fruit. Drink 2015–2023.  — J.C.  (4/1/2014)
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