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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Almaviva 2011 Red (Puente Alto)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $180

Berry aromas with a mineral twang lead to notes of earth, olive and freshly fallen leaves. As per usual for Almaviva, the palate is round and smooth as silk. Blackberry, cassis, toasty oak and cocoa powder flavors finish creamy and oaky, but this still holds the line and is perfectly balanced for the long haul. Best from 2016 through 2022.

 — M.S.  (12/31/2014)
92
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Caliterra 2012 Edición Limitada B Red (Colchagua Valley)

  1. $30

Deep, pure cassis and red berry aromas are integrated and thorough. This Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is racy, tight and hard-driving, with bold berry, pepper, baking spice and chocolate flavors. A toasty, peppery finish is juicy, forward and long. Drink through 2020.

 — M.S.  (12/31/2014)
92
points

Montes 2012 Purple Angel Carmenère (Colchagua Valley)

  1. $85

As per usual, Purple Angel is a full-force experience. Hailing from a warm year, this is dense and purple in color, as it should be. Aromas of graphite, oak, tobacco and black fruit set up a jammy, full palate with saturated flavors of spice-laden blueberry and boysenberry. Finishing notes of tobacco, herb and oak cement this big-boned wine’s ripe, beefy status…

 — M.S.  (12/31/2014)
92
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Viña Bisquertt 2010 Tralca Red (Colchagua Valley)

  1. $100

Reedy, berry aromas come with a shot of eucalyptus, which is very Chilean. A tight, tannic, dry palate is exact and intense. Flavors of leafy and slightly herbal black fruits are matched by licorice and coffee notes, while the finish is long, dry, snappy and loaded with earthy spice notes and hints of olive and mint. Drink through 2019.

 — M.S.  (12/31/2014)
91
points

Santa Rita 2010 Triple C Estate Bottled Red (Maipo Valley)

  1. $40

Slightly green, minty aromas of tobacco, spice, purple flower and sawdust filter onto a structured, lively palate. Flavors of dark berry fruits are accented by mint, coffee and chocolate, while the finish hits with controlled heat and herbal berry flavors. Drink this Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère blend through 2020.

 — M.S.  (12/31/2014)
91
points

Antiyal 2012 Red (Maipo Valley)

  1. $75

Earthy, ripe and a touch mulchy smelling at first, this blend comes around to show full plum and berry scents. The palate is bulky—a reflection of a warm vintage. Ripe berry notes house chocolate and fig flavors, with a touch salt finishing it off. Drink through 2019.

 — M.S.  (12/31/2014)
91
points

Errazuriz 2012 Max Reserva Syrah (Aconcagua Valley)

  1. $20

Berry aromas are a touch dusty and floral on the nose, with hints of earth and cedar. On the palate, this wine is bright and balanced, with fresh acidity. Rich berry, cassis and spice flavors finish agile and long. Drink through 2016.

 — M.S.  (12/31/2014)
91
points

Estampa 2012 Reserve Assemblage Carmenère-Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon Red (Colchagua Valley)

  1. $19

Dark, concentrated and powerful, this Carmenère-heavy blend pumps out huge cassis, blackberry and cola aromas in front of a racy, tannic, jet-powered palate. Baked, lemon-blackberry and cola flavors are earthy and forceful. Tobacco and cedar notes along with hard tannins push the finish. Drink through 2018.

 — M.S.  (12/31/2014)
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