Big and blowsy aromas of litchi and candied citrus are typical of California Viognier, yet more individual are the flavors of apple, spiced lemon rind and pepper. With no one characteristic dominating, this is a wine that spreads itself all over the map. The finish is hefty, almost fat, while healthy acidity and a citrusy core keep it lively. —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.