Earth, bacon, maple and mushroom comprise the nose on this Tuscan Cabernet, which for reasons still unknown never seems to get to that optimum level of ripeness. Hence, there's a streak of green running through the heart of the palate. In addition, hard tannins make it tough to swallow. Time could help that, but it won't do much for the bell pepper flavor. —M.S.
Moët Hennessy USA
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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.