If you want to know what artificial oak smells and tastes like, it's on full display here. Sawdust aromas come before a creamy, oaky palate. It's not cloying or overly heavy, and the acidity is strong enough to keep things lively, but it still lacks a clean fruit character, and the forced oak flavor is not appealing. —M.S.
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Spanish and South American 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,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.