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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Lapostolle 2011 Clos Apalta Red (Colchagua Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $110

Cool aromas of cola, coffee, blackberry, stewed plum, herbs and minerals make for a highly attractive and complex bouquet. In the mouth, wall-to-wall power and tannins suggest that this needs a few more years to mellow out. Flavors of stewed plum, blackberry, Carolina barbecue sauce and a hint of citrus peel are complex and set up a deep finish with dark flavors…

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
94
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François Lurton 2011 Alka Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50

This superb Carmenère is lusty but intricate on the bouquet, with aromas of baked plum, blackberry, balsam wood, leather and horse hide. The palate shows a complex blend of high-voltage power and density; flavors of roasted blackberry, chocolate, pepper and root beer finish deep and oaky. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
94
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Santa Carolina 2010 Herencia Carmenère (Peumo)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $100

Herencia is regarded as one of Chile’s very best Carmenères. This rendition is concentrated on the nose, with blackberry, cassis, baking spices, herbal notes and root essence rolled into a fantastic whole. A deep, layered palate is loaded with blackberry, mocha and controlled herbal flavors, while the finish is oaky but comfortable, with lasting spicy flavors…

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
93
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Lagar de Bezana 2012 Edición Limitada Syrah (Cachapoal Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $40

Lagar de Bezana makes some of Chile’s finest warm-climate Syrah. This example, from a warm vintage to boot, opens with aromas of pencil lead, raw oak, boysenberry and black currant. The palate is rock solid and impermeable at this young stage, while flavors of toasty black fruits offer nuances of mint, espresso and herbs on the lively finish. Drink through 2022.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
93
points

Koyle 2011 Auma Los Lingues Red (Colchagua Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $100

Aromas of hickory and woodsmoke transition to maple, baked blackberry and cedar upon airing. This five-grape blend is led by Cabernet Sauvignon, but Carmenère and Malbec are major players as well. Expect a full-force palate with big tannins and layering. Flavors of hickory, savory berry and barbecue notes match the nose, while the finish is roasted, toasty and…

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
92
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Concha y Toro 2012 Marques de Casa Concha Syrah (Buin)

  1. $26

Composed on the bouquet, with generous aromas of marzipan, cedar, olive and high-grade dark-berry fruits, this pure, powerful Syrah from a warm year is bursting with plum, raspberry and boysenberry flavors along with chocolate and fine oak. A finish graced by mocha and coffee flavors is smooth in feel after an initial acidic blast. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
92
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Cono Sur 2012 20 Barrels Limited Edition Los Almendros Estate Syrah (Limarí Valley)

  1. $32

Classy aromas of toast, graphite, coconutty oak, raspberry and cassis make for an attractive, full-force bouquet. In the mouth, this is snappy and fresh, with more than enough body weight. Flavors of toasty oak and dark chocolate give lightly herbal plum and berry flavors a warm-climate leaning, while the finish is dry, woody and the slightest bit stalky and leathery.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
92
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Lapostolle 2012 Cuvée Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Merlot (Colchagua Valley)

  1. $24

Plum, blackberry and boysenberry aromas show nuances of citrus peel and rubber band. On the palate, this is tight, mildly tannic and slightly astringent due to firm tannins. A mix of ripe blackberry and cassis flavors come with chocolaty oak in front of a hard-pushing, lightly herbal finish. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (3/1/2015)
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