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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Spy Valley 2012 Envoy Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $32
A tremendous effort from Spy Valley, this easily eclipses the winery’s regular Sauvignon Blanc. Fig, melon and hints of vanilla mark the nose, while the palate amps up the citrus component, providing delineation to the nectarine flavors. It’s on the full side of medium-bodied, with a silky, slightly creamy texture and a lingering finish that seamlessly blends…  — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Ata Rangi 2012 Pinot Noir (Martinborough)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $69
This looks to be among the best vintages for this wine, or at least it’s one of the most flattering to taste young. Stunning floral notes emerge from the glass, wrapped in ripe black-cherry scents. On the palate, it’s slightly plummier, but still retains those exciting rose-petal nuances and folds in hints of spice and earth. Despite the evident suppleness, there’s…  — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Cloudy Bay 2011 Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
Starts off with a slightly funky, struck-match aroma, but then opens to reveal tangerine, nectarine and roasted-nut scents. The flavors are an blend of all that, delivered via a rich silky-textured palate and ending long.  — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Brancott 2010 Chosen Rows Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

  1. $50
It’s taken New Zealand’s largest producer a while to get on board the barrel-fermented express, and this wine is still only 50% done in wood, mainly large formats. Some funky, slightly acrid notes mark the nose, but this adds welcome complexity to the stone-fruit aromas. It’s rich and textural in the mouth, the ripe fruit marked by intriguing hints of green herbs…  — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Domaine du Pegau 2010 Cuvée Réservée Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $65
At the moment, the 2010 Réservée is intense but moody, showing a smoky, gamy, feral side. The fruit is subdued but concentrated, picking up multiple earthy, spicy nuances including iodine and licorice. It’s a big wine, with chewy tannins that leave the impression of fine suede behind on the long finish.Give it another five years in the cellar.  — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Trinity Hill 2010 Homage Syrah (Hawke's Bay)

  • Online Exclusive
  1. $120
Perennially one of New Zealand’s top Syrahs, this full-bodied, creamy-textured wine finishes long and velvety. The black olives, espresso and cracked peppercorns on the nose are marvelously varietally true, while the palate features those dark fruit notes and a moderate dose of dried spices. Drink now–2025.  — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
92
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Delas Frères 2011 François de Tournon Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $35
This is a dark, plush Saint-Joseph, not an edgy, wiry, herb-scented version. Superripe plum and licorice notes are framed by soft tannins and hints of baking spices, but the wine’ essential Syrah nature comes through on the dusty pepper-and-anise finish. Drink now–2020.  — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
92
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M. Chapoutier 2011 Chante-Alouette Marsanne (Hermitage)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $109
This is the most impressive Chante-Alouette I can recall, boasting layers of honeyed pineapple fruit, the barest hint of fresh, just-golden toastiness and notes of gingered apricot. It’s full bodied and lush on the palate, ending long and mouthwatering. It should drink well into 2015, but expect it to close up only to re-emerge between 2020 and 2030.  — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
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