Telltale oak is manifested in the scents of smoke and bacon fat aromas, though that oakiness overshadows the black fruit. In the mouth, you get some black cherry and blackberry, but also plenty of vanilla and licorice. With decent depth and moderate complexity, this is a good, likable wine. —M.S.
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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.