This Bordeaux style blend smells and tastes like anything but Bordeaux, proving that similar blends do not produce similar wines if the terroir is different. The barrel influence is strong, as is the herbal quality. Richness on the palate comes to the rescue. There's nice cassis and plum flavors. And the finish is smooth and classy. Only a hint of green at the core holds it back. —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.