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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Errazuriz 2011 Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserva Red (Aconcagua Valley)

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Smooth, deep aromas of berry, spice, earth and minerals are rolled into a pure, harmonious whole. This Cabernet Sauvignon-led blend is racy, clean and layered on the tongue, while oaky flavors of vanilla and cream are backed by ribald blackberry and cassis. The elegant finish is potent and deep. Drink through 2020.  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
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Errazuriz 2011 Viñedo Chadwick Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)

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Confident, smoky aromas of black fruits, quality oak and minerality set up a round, dense, smooth palate that’s as elegant as things get in Chile. True Cabernet Sauvignon flavors are spicy, lightly herbal and suggest licorice, cassis and blackberry. On the finish, warm oak, menthol and medicinal flavors call for another few years in bottle. Best from 2016–2023.  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
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Viña el Principal 2010 Andetelmo Red (Maipo Valley)

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Bold berry, herb and olive aromas seem typically Chilean. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, with 17% Petit Verdot, is round but firm, with superb structure and potency. Flavors of baking spices, herbs and rooty black fruits finish long, smooth and oaky. This is a sexy, polished, dark-tinted wine to drink through 2022.  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
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Erasmo 2009 Late Harvest Torontel (Maule Valley)

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This Torontel is elegant and stately, delivering apricot, peach, mango and spice aromas on the bouquet. A fruity, full-bodied palate is sticky but braced by proper acidity, while cinnamon, caramel, toffee and baked pear flavors finish long and yummy.  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
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Concha y Toro 2011 Terrunyo Andes Pirque Vineyard Block Las Terrazas Cabernet Sauvignon (Pirque)

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Deep, alluring aromas of blackberry and cassis are youthful and thus a bit animal and wild. In the mouth, this young CS is chunky, rubbery and dense. Flavors of blackberry, cassis and black coffee are on the dark side, while the finish offers a meaty, substantive feel, tons of lasting fruit flavor, and a touch of heat and burn that will fade away with more time in…  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
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Kuyen 2011 Red (Maipo Valley)

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Year after year this Syrah-led blend excels. This version is bright, clean and polished. Cherry and plum aromas are racy, with distinct minerality. Flavors of chocolate, leafy spice, earth and berry fruits finish with a final blast of vital berry flavors before fading in long, pleasurable fashion. Drink through 2020.  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
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Lapostolle 2011 Canto de Apalta Red (Rapel Valley)

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This Carmenère-led blend is heady, meaty and inviting up front. In the mouth, clamping tannins are delivered amid serious structure. Flavors of berry, cassis, chocolate and spice lead to a lasting, pure finish that fades slowly and in phases. Best through 2019.  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
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Montes 2011 Folly Syrah (Colchagua Valley)

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Loamy, dark, rich aromas of pastry, blackberry, blueberry and turned earth scream “ripe.” In the mouth, this is bulky but focused. Flavors of black fruits, chocolate, fig, herbs and spice finish with notes of tobacco, raw oak, mint and bright acidity. Drink now through 2019.  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
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