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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Marques de Griñon 2010 Emeritvs Red (Dominio de Valdepusa)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $100

Concentrated, intense aromas of graphite, blackberry, spice and earth notes set up a rich palate that’s registering at max ripeness. Gigantic blackberry, baked black plum and toasted flavors finish dark and lush. This blend of Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Syrah is a big-wine lover’s dream come true. Drink through 2023.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Errazuriz 2011 La Cumbre Syrah (Aconcagua Valley)

  1. $125

Cool, earthy, foresty aromas dance with sweet berry and spice scents to form a superb nose. This offers an exemplary mix of weight and acidity, while lively berry flavors are meaty, complex and show mild herbal notes, peppery spice and juicy length on the finish. Definitely one of Chile’s best Syrahs. Drink through 2019.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Lapostolle 2010 Clos Apalta Red (Colchagua Valley)

  1. $93

Alluring aromas of cigar box, cedar shavings, olive and berry fruits are magnetic with this Carmenère-led blend. In its youth, it is pushy and vibrant in the mouth. Flavors of tobacco, chocolate and leafy, lightly herbal berry fruits finish smooth, long and with just enough acidic cut. Drink through 2022.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Marques de Griñon 2010 AAA Red (Dominio de Valdepusa)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $250

This black-colored, opaque bruiser is as concentrated as wine gets before crossing the line. Aromas of gritty black fruits are amped up, while the palate pounds with extraction and tannins. Huge flavors of blackberry and cassis finish with more muscle than finesse. This is ultra ripe Graciano and Petit Verdot that nobody would describe as shy. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Bodega Volcanes de Chile 2011 Tectonia Red (Central Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $20

This blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre is fighting (and winning) above its weight (price) class. Tarry, gritty, asphalt-like aromas blend with smoky berry notes to form an inviting bouquet. The palate is round and juicy in feel, with herbal, minty red-berry flavors and a deep, flush finish that’s showing a high level of complexity. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Caliterra 2011 Edicion Limitada Red (Colchagua Valley)

  1. $33

Aromas of graphite, earthy berry, dried cheese, fine oak and dense black fruits make for a supremely confident bouquet. The palate on this Cabernet-led blend is pure, forward and racy, with depth and structure. Flavors of coconutty oak blend with chocolate, blackberry and cassis, while the finish is ripe, long and satisfying, with just a touch of herbal essence…

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Morandé 2010 Edición Limitada Carignan (Loncomilla Valley)

  1. $25

This Maule Valley old-vines Carignan opens with licorice, blackberry and cassis aromas along with exotic spice notes. It’s big, tannic and firm as a boulder, with baked flavors of black fruits blended with coffee and toast. Licorice, blackened toast and overall grit take this to a good but gripping conclusion. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Viña Bisquertt 2012 Ecos de Rulo Malbec (Marchigue)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $19

This full-bodied Malbec out-performs its price. Ripe blackberry and pencil aromas set up a dense, tight, structured palate with focused, drilling flavors of blackberry and licorice. If you like layered, full-fruit reds with balance and harmony, this is it.

 — M.S.  (11/1/2014)
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