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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Perdriel 2007 Vineyard Selection Red (Mendoza)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $62
This is a supreme small-lot Argentine wine from lauded winemaker Jorge Riccitelli. The blend is 70% Malbec with 20% Cabernet and 10% Merlot. Aromas of loam, wild berry and vanilla are elegant and exciting. This is silky smooth, with creamy oak and ripe black-fruit flavors playing together through a mellow, plush finish. Drink this impressive, complete Malbec blend…  — M.S.  (4/1/2014)
93
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Bodega Norton 2011 Privada Red (Mendoza)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $26
As per usual, Privada displays qualities beyond its price point. This version of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is smoky on the nose, with charcoal, minerals and toast capping crusty berry aromas. The palate is super ripe and healthy in feel, with baked blackberry flavors smothered in toasty oak and chocolate. Warmth, coffee and Port notes drive the finish…  — M.S.  (4/1/2014)
93
points

Dominio de Atauta 2009 Tinto Fino (Ribera del Duero)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $32
For a reasonably priced Ribera del Duero, this wine is delivering the goods and more. The nose is jammy, concentrated and sweet, with ripe berry and Graham cracker aromas. A bold, saturated palate houses flavors of blackberry, molasses and fudge, while the ripe, smooth finish tastes of brown sugar and chocolate. Drink this modern, extracted red now through 2020.  — M.S.  (4/1/2014)
93
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Eugenio Bustos 2007 Altivo Secret Malbec (Uco Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $40
Pure berry, spice and fine wood aromas give this Malbec all it needs to impress. In the mouth, it’s balanced and easy, with blackberry and blueberry flavors that run on and on. The finish is medium in length, with a steady kick and deep, lasting flavors of berries and spice. Drink through 2016.  — M.S.  (4/1/2014)
93
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O. Fournier 2007 Malbec (Uco Valley)

  1. $90
Raisin, coconut, vanilla and anise aromas accent minty black-fruit scents in front of a full-bodied, syrupy palate that’s loaded with baked berry, cassis, coffee and licorice flavors. This is sweet and a bit herbal/green on the finish, but also juicy in feel. Drink through 2017.  — M.S.  (4/1/2014)
92
points

Legaris 2009 Reserva Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $36
This rich, heady offering is full of bacon, blackberry and lemony oak on the nose. In the mouth, it’s firmly structured, with rock-solid but not pointy tannins. Loamy flavors of blackberry, coffee and licorice are dark and warm, while the finish is clean yet heady. Overall, this is modern Ribera del Duero; drink through 2020.  — M.S.  (4/1/2014)
92
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Bodega Renacer 2011 Punto Final Reserva Malbec (Mendoza)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $20
With its reliance on old-vines vineyards, Renacer often comes out with great wines. This is one of them. Smoky, leathery berry aromas are inviting, while the mouthfeel is silky and plush. Oaky flavors of chocolate, smoked meat and vanilla accent ripe berry flavors, then clove and baking spices pour onto the finish.  — M.S.  (4/1/2014)
92
points

Zuccardi 2011 Tito Red (La Consulta)

  1. $38
Intense, focused and also quite floral on the nose, this blend of Malbec, Cab Sauvignon and the Italian variety Ancellotta is all about the fruit. Flavors of fig, blackberry and cassis ride nicely on a smooth, chewy palate. On the finish, this is layered, deep in feel and toasty in flavor. Drink this impressive, full-bodied blend now through 2018.  — M.S.  (4/1/2014)
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