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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Emilio Moro 2011 Malleolus Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $49

This pure, bullish, smoky Tinto Fino is full of charred blackberry, cassis and licorice aromas. The palate is massive but superbly balanced. Flavors of mocha, black coffee, bitter chocolate, toast, blackberry and cassis finish with power and precision. Drink 2017–2025.

 — M.S.  (9/1/2015)
94
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Resalte 2009 Gran Resalte Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $80

Rooty aromas of blackberry and baked plum share space on the bouquet with vanilla, smoke and coconut scents. This feels lush, round, firm and tannic, with profound depth. Flavors of blackberry, baking spices, chocolate and pepper finish toasty, with massive black-fruit leftovers. This is a powerful specimen to drink 2017–2030.

 — M.S.  (9/1/2015)
93
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Bodegas y Viñedos Tábula 2011 Tábula Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $55

Inky aromas of ripe blackberry, black currant, lemon peel and graphite set up a chewy, concentrated, intense palate with blackened flavors of licorice, chocolate, peppercorn and blackberry. A charred, tannic, mouthfilling finish says this should spend more time on its side before opening. Hold until 2017, then drink through 2025.

 — M.S.  (9/1/2015)
93
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Cepa 21 2011 Malabrigo Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $90

Ripe aromas of cola nut, burnt brown sugar, cedar and blackberry feed into a giant palate with killer tannins. Flavors of blackberry, cassis and burnt toast end in a tarry pool of black-fruit flavors and monster tannins. This is rewarding now but also punishing; hold until 2017, then drink through 2025.

 — M.S.  (9/1/2015)
93
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Montebaco 2011 Alma de Vino Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $39

Blackberry, a hint of raisin, mild char and lemon-peel aromas make for a fine bouquet. This is lively, punchy and chewy, with big tannins. Blackberry, chocolate, loamy earth, toast and peppery flavors finish long, baked, ripe and with the potential for an even better future. Drink through 2021.

 — M.S.  (9/1/2015)
93
points

Altos del Terral 2009 T1 Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

  1. $130

A deep, dense bouquet with blackberry, root beer, tree bark and tarry aromas properly announces a lush, full-bodied, tannic palate with toasty oak, menthol, licorice and blackberry flavors. Pepper and dark chocolate notes control the finish on this lush, modern, toasty wine. 100 cases made; drink from 2017 through 2028.

 — M.S.  (9/1/2015)
92
points

Vatan 2012 Tinta de Toro (Toro)

  1. $45

Dense, dark, smoky, oaky aromas come with welcome nuances of licorice and graphite along with bold blackberry scents. This feels flush, layered and strong. Flavors of baking spices, blackberry, chocolate and char finish peppery, toasty, tannic and with plenty of black-fruit power. Drink through 2022.

 — M.S.  (9/1/2015)
92
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Astrales 2012 Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

  1. $70

Hailing from a warm year, this smells heavy and raisiny, with crusty, toasty blackberry and plum scents. A wide, smooth palate shows soft but present tannins, while this tastes baked, with blackberry, loam and prune flavors. A toasty finish with a chocolate cake note confirms the wine’s ripeness. Best enjoyed 2016–2022.

 — M.S.  (9/1/2015)
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