Given the El Niño-related difficulties of the '98 vintage, this version of Don Melchor is quite nice, and just right for immediate drinking. The bouquet is meaty, with strong leathery notes. Dark cherries and black plums on the palate are Bordeaux-like. Its soft tannins make it very approachable, especially with a lamb stew or something similar.
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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.