A nosing of this is like getting up close with fresh pavement. It has a tar-like smell and some horsehide accents. The palate is grapy, while the finish is hard and leathery. Based on past tastings, the producer, the appellation and the vintage aren't in doubt, but for some reason this wine doesn't sing. –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.