Michael Schachner

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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CVNE 2010 Real de Asúa Tempranillo Blend (Rioja)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $100

The best of CVNE’s impressive lineup of 2010 high-end Riojas is this pure, staunch, ripe stud that’s blasting with blackberry, woodspice, leather and cedar aromas. Lush, layered and deep as an ocean trench, this ultraripe, expressive wine pumps out blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors prior to a lush, mile-long finish. Amazingly pure and delicious; drink…

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
95
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CVNE 2010 Pagos de Viña Real Tempranillo Blend (Rioja)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $110

CVNE’s top wines from 2010 are outstanding across the board. This sun-baked wine is bursting with black cherry, blackberry, spice, vanilla and cedary aromas. A tight, exact and fresh palate blends richness and balance, while ripe blackberry, cassis and black pepper flavors finish with a pure feel, a touch of buttery oak, and nuances of licorice and herbs. Drink…

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Clunia 2011 Finca El Rincón de Clunia Tempranillo (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $90

Highly enticing, handsome aromas of graphite, blueberry, boysenberry and oaky grit are firm and minerally. This lush, modern, stately Tempranillo is pure, plump and deep on the palate. Flavors of blackberry, cassis and fine oak come together like paint on Dalí’s canvas, while the finish is loamy and complex, with flavors of tobacco folded into silky smooth depth…

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
94
points

Dominio de Berzal 2011 7 Varietales Red (Rioja)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75

Concentrated, inky and charred on the nose, this is a ripe and heady Rioja with strong barrel influences. Blackberry, cassis and roasted black-plum flavors are appropriate given the wine’s hefty build. Finishing flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and baking spices are long and thorough. Drink this powerful Tempranillo-led blend through 2030.

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Marqués de Riscal 2010 Baron de Chirel Reserva Tempranillo Blend (Rioja)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75

This deep, smoky, minerally wonder is full to the brim with ripe blackberry, tobacco and fine-oak aromas. In the mouth, this Tempranillo-led blend is rich and jammy but not out of shape. Blackberry, prune and toasty flavors finish lusty, with a touch of heat and burn that should settle in due time. Drink now through 2023.

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Terreus 2010 Paraje de Cueva Baja Red (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $150

Loamy berry, blackberry pie and pastry aromas are like the red carpet at a big event. This is the epitome of a lush, layered, structured Tempranillo. Borderline syrupy flavors of blackberry, coffee and mocha end with chocolate and vanilla richness as well as lusty boldness. Hold until 2018, then drink through 2025.

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
93
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Torres 2010 Mas La Plana 40th Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon (Penedès)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70

Spain’s preeminent varietal Cabernet is excellent in its 40th rendition. This single-vineyard wine opens with dark, brooding aromas of rooty spice, licorice, tar, herbs, cassis and prune. In the mouth, this is wiry and tight at the core, but friendly around the edges. Flavors of currant, toast, vanilla, pepper and barbecue sauce finish with ripping acidity but also…

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
93
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Concha y Toro 2011 Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto)

  1. $125

As per usual, Don Melchor is singing a pretty tune. Deep, dense aromas of floral berry fruits and tarry darkness are solid and complete. Pure, elegant and confident across the palate, this delivers firm cassis, plum and cherry flavors backed by a toasty finish accented by licorice. This is rich and brawny but not heavy; drink through 2023.

 — M.S.  (8/1/2015)
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