Michael Schachner

Michael Schachner

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.

Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast, for which he is a contributing editor and a member of the magazine’s tasting panel. In addition, he is a wine consultant and professional speaker. His areas of wine expertise include Spain and South America.

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Tapiz 2010 Reserve San Pablo Vineyard Selección de Barricas Red (Mendoza)

  1. $30

Rich, lusty aromas of blackberry, graham cracker and coconut are hard-driving in this blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. It’s oaky and full of coconut, vanilla, blackberry and toasted marshmallow flavors. Ripe and oaky on the finish, it also offers coffee, mocha and chocolate notes. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2015)
92
points

Zuccardi 2012 Finca Piedra Infinita Malbec (Mendoza)

  1. $120

This fruit-driven, minerally Malbec hails from the Altamira section of Mendoza’s Uco Valley. Blueberry, cassis and stony aromas feed into a deep, pure palate with plenty to offer. Flavors of cassis, blackberry, peppercorn and exotic spices finish with moderate tannins and flavors of fig and black pepper. Drink through 2019.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2015)
92
points

Finca Perdriel 2009 Vineyard Selection Red (Mendoza)

  1. $65

Deep and dense from head to toe, this Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend opens with heavy, loamy black-fruit aromas along with coconut, graphite, cedar and tobacco scents. A definitively rich and chewy palate is tannic and heady but cushioned, while baked, toasty blackberry flavors come with vanilla and marzipan notes and an inky, chewy, thick finish. Drink…

 — M.S.  (7/1/2015)
91
points

Altos Las Hormigas 2012 Appellation Malbec (Vista Flores)

  1. $40

This Malbec from the Vista Flores zone of the Uco Valley falls outside the box. An exotic bouquet comprised of blueberry, graham cracker, citrus peel and cardamom aromas stirs interest, while a jammy palate deals blueberry, baking spice, Middle Eastern spice and blackened flavors. This is extracted but juicy on the finish. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2015)
91
points

El Enemigo 2012 Bonarda (Mendoza)

  1. $30

Intriguing aromas of lavender, hoja santa and green tobacco blend nicely with blackberry and blueberry scents. This top-flight Bonarda feels lush and only moderately tannic. Blackberry, leather and mild briny flavors finish minty and lightly herbal. Drink now.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2015)
91
points

Lamadrid 2012 Single Vineyard Gran Reserva Malbec (Agrelo)

  1. $35

Cedar, graphite, marzipan, black plum and blackberry aromas ooze power and ripeness. This is concentrated and dark in style, with oaky blackberry and cassis flavors. Spice, vanilla, raisin, cassis and chocolate flavors reflect maximum ripeness, while the finish is dense, layered and potent. Drink this hefty, extracted Malbec through 2020.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2015)
91
points

Benvenuto de la Serna 2010 Trisagio Malbec-Petit Verdot-Tannat Red (Valle de Uco)

  1. $28

Sweet oak and vanilla aromas are front and center on a jammy bouquet that also features black plum and blackberry scents. This blend of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat feels full, lifted and balanced. Ripe, enticing flavors of wild berry and cassis are backed by toast, chocolate, vanilla and coconut notes as well as heat and burn. Drink through 2019.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2015)
90
points

Altocedro 2012 Finca Los Tanos Malbec (Uco Valley)

  1. $35

Ripe, dense blackberry aromas are capped by creamy, toasty, chocolaty oak. In the mouth, this touches up against syrupy and cloying. Toasty oak, graphite, vanilla and milk chocolate flavors accent core blackberry, while heat and a chocolaty oak flavor drive the finish. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (7/1/2015)
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