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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Emilio Moro 2010 Malleolus de Valderramiro Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

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Gorgeous aromas of toasty oak, wood smoke, minerals and layered black fruits feed into a concentrated, thick palate that demands a knife and fork for dissection. Flavors of toast, vanilla bean, woodspice, bacon, mint and blackberry are lush. Give this beauty another couple of years, then drink through 2022.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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Paul de Albas 2011 Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

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Heady, rich, balsamic aromas fold in attractive notes of cedar, tobacco and black cherry in front of a fully ripe, superbly balanced palate that nails it in terms of structure. Mocha, espresso, fudge and blackberry flavors finish with spicy, mossy, dry notes and a final wave of blackened toast and tannins. Best from 2017–2022.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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Emilio Moro 2010 Malleolus de Sanchomartín Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

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Graphite, maple and other oaky aromas dominate this lush, pitch-black Tinto Fino. A chewy, dense mouthfeel is rich as an oil baron, while oak-driven flavors of vanilla and baking spices accent blackberry and cassis. On the finish, this is monster-sized and full of blue-fruit deliciousness. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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LTU 2010 Malbec (Uco Valley)

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LTU is a small-production label that reaches big. The 2010 Malbec is rich and smooth up front, with robust, lusty aromas of coconut, graphite, blackberry and blueberry. Creamy oak and fresh acidity make for a plush, modern mouthfeel, while flavors of coconut, toffee, vanilla and blackberry are deep and pure. A ripe, round, decadent finish with flavors of toasted…

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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Tapiz 2010 Black Tears Malbec (Mendoza)

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Graphite, lemon peel, cedar and blackberry aromas are lusty and high in quality. A flashy, fresh, slick mouthfeel is the perfect vessel for toasty, dark blackberry, coconut, vanilla and mocha flavors. The mocha note persists on the finish, which is juicy and fresh but also thick and chewy. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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Achaval-Ferrer 2012 Finca Bella Vista Malbec (Luján de Cuyo)

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  1. $140

Dusty cherry, wild berry and minerally aromas comprise a compact, deep nose that’s entirely inviting. Juicy, bold and bright on the palate, with sturdy tannins, this offers exotic notes of cumin and baking spices along with wild berry flavors. It’s elegant, complete and thorough on the finish; drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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Astrales 2011 Christina Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

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Black in color and inky on the nose, this ultra-concentrated, superripe Tempranillo is smoky and toasty, with accents of graphite along with blackberry. An extracted, dense palate is braced by solid tannins and healthy acids. Blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors conclude this rich, flashy wine. Drink 2016–2021.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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El Enemigo 2011 Gran Enemigo Red (Mendoza)

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Round, earthy blackberry aromas are dressed up in dry spice and oak. A fleshy, pure palate has bounce to its step, while oaky, toasty flavors of baked black fruits, cocoa and spice finish with just the right amount of cutting acidity and flavors of baking spices. Drink this Cabernet Franc-led blend through 2020.

 — M.S.  (4/1/2015)
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