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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Teso La Monja 2011 Alabaster Tinta de Toro (Toro)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $220
Smoky berry, lemon peel, graphite and huge black-fruit aromas provide a stellar opening. Raw tannins and staunchness create a powerful palate that needs time to mellow out. Flavors of loud oak, black fruits, hard spices, toast and licorice finish peppery, tough and with some heat. Best from 2015–2023.  — M.S.  (7/1/2014)
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Alto Moncayo 2011 Garnacha (Campo de Borja)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $44
Fans of full-bodied, dark-fruited reds will swoon over this modern-style Garnacha from old vineyards in Aragón. Pitch black, the nose provides a pure blast of blackberry and cassis, and the palate is chewy yet fresh, with baked black-fruit flavors as well as coffee, chocolate and vanilla. A smooth, lush, layered finish with vanilla and toffee notes is the final act…  — M.S.  (7/1/2014)
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Trapiche 2011 Iscay Syrah-Viognier (Mendoza)

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  1. $75
As far as Argentine Syrah goes, this vintage of Iscay, which contains 3% Viognier in a nod to France, is the new benchmark for the country. Daniel Pi and Joey Tensley’s wine discloses aromas of jammy berry fruits along with cardamom and floral notes. The palate is a fortress of layers, while flavors of blackberry, cassis and chocolate set the stage for finishing…  — M.S.  (7/1/2014)
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Pagos del Moncayo 2012 Prados PdM Moncayo Red (Campo de Borja)

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  1. $38
With its opaque black color and massive yet alluring aromas of blackberry and black currant, this whopper is on the money. The mouthfeel is lush and pure, while flavors of blackberry, chocolate and baking spices flow easily onto a subtle finish that’s neither overly oaky nor weighty. Drink through 2017.  — M.S.  (7/1/2014)
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El Enemigo 2011 Malbec (Mendoza)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $30
With an opaque purple tint and super-concentrated aromas of blackberry and violet petals, this is an in-your-face Malbec that pulls no punches. The “Enemy,” which is really your friend, pushes blackberry, licorice, chocolate and floral flavors on a frame that expands as it airs out. Drink now through 2019.  — M.S.  (7/1/2014)
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Teso La Monja 2011 Victorino Tinta de Toro (Toro)

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  1. $63
Dense intitial aromas suggest rubber on top of blackberry. In the mouth, this Tempranillo is deep as a trench, with layering and firm tannins. Flavors of toasty oak, blackberry, coconut and herbs dance together like a world-class ballet troupe, while the finish is textured, toasty and loaded with power. Drink from 2015–2021.  — M.S.  (7/1/2014)
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Torres 2008 Grans Muralles Red (Conca de Barberà)

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  1. $150
Loamy berry and saucy notes make for a complex bouquet, while the mouthfeel on this Catalonian blend is smooth, round, precise and structured. Flavors of ripe plum, herbs, licorice and savory spices finish dark, chunky and deep, with lasting cocoa and cherry notes that suggest warmth and richness. Drink through 2019.  — M.S.  (7/1/2014)
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Alto Moncayo 2011 Veraton Garnacha (Campo de Borja)

  1. $27
This full-bodied, ripe wine offers blackberry and spiced plum aromas on top of a minerally base. In the mouth, it’s big but fresh and free-flowing. Flavors of black plum and black cherry are lively despite some creamy oak that rises on the finish. Drink through 2016.  — M.S.  (7/1/2014)
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