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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Astrales 2010 Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $70
This could be the best Astrales to date. Alluring scents of plum, blueberry and spice are backed by balsam dust and briary pipe-tobacco aromas. Deep and tannic on the palate, then packed with mocha, chocolate, toasted marshmallow, cassis and cherry cough drop flavors, this is fixed and firm now, with a staunch, intense, nervy finish. Drink from 2015–2028.  — M.S.  (9/1/2014)
95
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Cepa 21 2010 Malabrigo Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $90
Aromas of spiced berry, coffee and balsam wood start slow and pick up intensity. This is powerful but focused from front to back, with hard but honest tannins that will soften with time. Pure, potent flavors of cherry, berry and chocolate come with tons of spicy, peppery oak and all sorts of textural depth. Drink from 2015–2028.  — M.S.  (9/1/2014)
95
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Campo Eliseo 2009 Tinta de Toro (Toro)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $80
Hailing from a warm region and a warm vintage, this is displaying maximum ripeness on the nose via raisin, prune, blackberry and fig aromas. In the mouth, this is loamy, chewy, a mile deep and rich as Bill Gates. Concentrated black cherry, blackberry, cassis, chocolate and mocha flavors conclude with baked notes, licorice and tobacco. So smooth, yet bullish. Drink…  — M.S.  (9/1/2014)
94
points

Maurodos 2010 San Román Tinta de Toro (Toro)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70
This burly Tempranillo opens with an alluring blend of graphite, stony mineral, marzipan and ripe black-fruit aromas. The palate is lusty, giant and tannic, but not mean or fierce. Blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors end with café mocha and licorice notes, while tannic grab suggests aging this until 2015–16 and drinking through 2023.  — M.S.  (9/1/2014)
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Artadi 2010 Viña El Pison Tempranillo Blend (Rioja)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $350
This single-vineyard Rioja is smooth, pure and elegant. Aromas of lemon peel, tobacco, cookie dough, marzipan, spiced plum and cassis set up a lush, deep palate with saturated flavors of wild raspberry, ripe plum, chocolate and fig. Compelling notes of licorice and chocolate are accompanied by a touch of youthful heat and burn on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2025.  — M.S.  (9/1/2014)
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Emilio Moro 2010 Malleolus Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $50
Deep berry aromas blend with sweet, creamy, spicy oak notes on the nose of this cellar-worthy bruiser, which is live-wire, energetic and holding a lot in reserve. A full allotment of oak-driven flavors include coffee, mocha, pepper, baked berry and chocolate. On the finish, it’s huge and tastes of toast, medicinal berry and chocolate-drenched cherries. Drink from…  — M.S.  (9/1/2014)
94
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García Figuero 2010 Tinus Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $300
Ripe, muscular aromas of forest floor, blackberry, cassis and violet are stunningly attractive. This is showing vise-grip tannins in support of blackberry, licorice, mocha and woodspice flavors. Café mocha and an oaky, creamy note of toffee work the finish on this well-structured wine that should be drunk from 2015–2025.  — M.S.  (9/1/2014)
93
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Artadi 2010 Valdegines Single Vineyard Tempranillo (Rioja)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $65
This is one minerally wine for Rioja. Stony scents blend with latex and Band-Aid, while lemon peel and hard-driving berry aromas define the nose. Monster tannins are absorbed by the wine’s broad foundation, while flavors of smoke, oak, plum and wild berry finish savory and long, with a final shot of oak-based clove. Best from 2018–2025.  — M.S.  (9/1/2014)
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