Functional Rioja Reserva is what this is. The nose starts out smoky and powerful, but the fruit is lean and on the snappy and tart side, with orange peel and cherry skins getting into the game. For a stellar year like 2001, it's surprisingly lean and basic.
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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.