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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Finca El Origen 2010 PHI Single Vineyard Red (Uco Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $70

This Malbec-led blend offers a smooth bouquet that’s ripe and stately, with coconut, tobacco and marzipan notes. A round, pure, full-bodied palate is perfectly balanced, while blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors turn smoky, spicy and peppery on the finish, which is long and superbly built. Drink through 2019.

 — M.S.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Valderiz 2009 Tempranillo Blend (Ribera del Duero)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $40

This is an exemplary RDD with an ideal mix of leather, black fruit, spice and toast aromas. The palate is free-flowing, with balance and power but also elegance. Flavors of oaky toast, mixed spices, licorice and molasses come with ribald berry and cassis, while the finish shows blackened toast, bitter chocolate, warmth and length. Drink this ideal Spanish red now…

 — M.S.  (12/1/2014)
94
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SonVida 2012 Malbec (Mendoza)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $23

This gorgeous Malbec gets it right. Compact, minerally aromas of blackberry are deep and a bit feral. The palate is juicy and pulses with ribald berry fruit and acidity. Blackberry flavors are beefy, salty and a touch roasted, while the finish is baked, rich and perfectly oaked. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Dominio de Tares 2011 Cepas Viejas Mencía (Bierzo)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $52

This exemplary old-vines wine delivers ripe blackberry, leather and herb aromas along with hints of toast, minerals and lemon peel. The palate is sinewy and powerfully built. Flavors of loamy berry, toasty oak, licorice and lemon zest end with a blackened overriding flavor and length. Drink now through 2021.

 — M.S.  (12/1/2014)
93
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El Enemigo 2012 Malbec (Mendoza)

  1. $28

Alejandro Vigil’s El Enemigo wines are worth jumping on if you like full-bodied, robust Argentinean reds. This is typically smoky and dark up front, with molasses, marzipan and blackberry aromas. The palate clamps down with tannic grip, while flavors of oak, blackberry, tobacco, vanilla and spices end briary and with subtlety, which is what makes this powerful wine…

 — M.S.  (12/1/2014)
93
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Bodega Catena Zapata 2010 Nicolas Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec (Mendoza)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $135

Spicy, leathery, gritty notes share the nose with ripe black-fruit scents on this blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Malbec. At this stage, the palate feels narrow and pinched but not miserly. Flavors of spicy blackberry, briary plum and cassis finish with smooth yet strong tannins and a note of licorice. Drink 2015–2022.

 — M.S.  (12/1/2014)
93
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Finca Flichman 2012 Dedicado Red (Mendoza)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $30

Heady, ripe black-fruit aromas are accented by coconut, graphite and mineral notes. This is a powerful yet classy blend of Malbec along with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah. The flavor profile is toasty and oaky, with tons of vanilla, coconut, licorice and cardamom accenting potent berry and cassis flavors. The finish is deep, ripe and delicious. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (12/1/2014)
93
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Bodega del Abad 2011 Carracedo Mencía (Bierzo)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $78

This intense Mencía is showing heavy doses of asphalt, raw oak, char, exotic wood and dark berry aromas. It’s layered, rich and lively in the mouth, with heady, toasty flavors of smoked black fruits. A mix of toast, baking spices and licorice flavors shadow subtle but integral black-fruit notes. Best from 2015 through 2020.

 — M.S.  (12/1/2014)
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