Racy and quick, with modest tannins and deep black-fruit and berry flavors. Traditional Chianti is defined by wines like this. It has a solid and necessary tannic structure but enough richness to offset any hardness that may stem from the tannins. The finish is plush and easy, with a full batch of chocolate and coffee. Give it a year or two if possible. —M.S.
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.