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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Artadi 2011 Viña El Pison Tempranillo Blend (Rioja)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $300
Artadi’s top wine is dynamite in a bottle. Ripe, saturated, oaky aromas of blackberry, leather, blueberry pie and aged cheese are incredibly potent and alluring. This is huge in the mouth, with lemony oak and broad tannins that don’t grind. Intense blackberry, coffee, toast and smoky flavors finish a mile deep, with all sorts of textural grab and character. Best…  — M.S.  (10/1/2014)
94
points

Artadi 2011 Pagos Viejos Tempranillo Blend (Rioja)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $100
Violet petal, fine leather, roasted berry and spice aromas are classy and elevated. This is a deep, generous, modern Rioja with tons of ripeness but also ideal balance. Black-fruit flavors spread from cheek to cheek, while toast, bitter chocolate and espresso notes add complexity. This beauty finishes stout, with toast, mint, chocolate and herb flavors. Drink from…  — M.S.  (10/1/2014)
93
points

Riglos 2011 Gran Corte Las Divas Vineyard Red (Tupungato)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
Always one of Mendoza’s best blended reds, this mix of 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc opens with crisp aromas of minerals and black fruits. The palate is jammy and chunky but not soft. Roasted, earthy, leathery berry flavors are complex, while the finish is deep and dense. Drink through 2019.  — M.S.  (10/1/2014)
93
points

Cheval des Andes 2009 Red (Mendoza)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $89
Toasty, minty and true to form, this Malbec-Cabernet blend is heady stuff, with hard tannins and plenty of ripeness. Blackberry, coffee, chocolate and herbal flavors are aggressive yet harmonious, while the finish is black and muscular in nature. With such tough tannins, this needs time to settle; best after 2017.  — M.S.  (10/1/2014)
93
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Terrazas de Los Andes 2008 Single Parcel Los Castaños Malbec (La Consulta)

  1. $100
Dark plum, prune, forest floor and mossy aromas blend with leather on the nose of this muscular, brawny wine. In the mouth, it’s full-bodied but holds onto agility and freshness. Ripe, pure flavors of black fruits, fig and chocolate finish with density, power and richness. Drink through 2018.  — M.S.  (10/1/2014)
93
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Artadi 2011 Valdegines Single Vineyard Tempranillo Blend (Rioja)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $65
Ripe, savory and smoky up front, this is oozing blackberry, cassis, bacon and leather aromas. The palate on this minerally Rioja is as juicy, ripe and fresh as they come. Flavors of plum, berry, herbs and oak are integrated, classy and finish long, with a touch of coconut and raw wood that will likely disappear with more bottle age. Drink through 2025.  — M.S.  (10/1/2014)
93
points

Matarromera 2005 Gran Reserva Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $115
This is one of Matarromera’s best wines to date. Aromas of cedar, tobacco, leather and smooth black fruits are elegant and complex. A big, lush but balanced and integrated palate is home to blackberry, spice cake, tobacco and cocoa flavors, while the finish displays lemony oak notes and toasty espresso. Drink this flush, delicious wine through 2019.  — M.S.  (10/1/2014)
92
points

Zolo 2010 Black Malbec (Mendoza)

  1. $40
Compact, inky aromas of blackberry, balsamic notes, earth and smoke are complete. This is lively yet full-bodied in feel, with dark, toasty black-fruit flavors that come with hints of chocolate, pepper, herbs and fig. A long, toasty, slightly hot and burning finish keeps this smoldering for a while. Drink through 2018.  — M.S.  (10/1/2014)
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