Nicely perfumed, with full-blast aromas of root beer and cola. The palate is a bit foresty, with tree bark and peppery notes. The finish is the first place you notice overt oak, and it's kind of buttery and unintegrated. In Penfolds' stable of Shiraz, this is meant to be round, friendly and not too complicated. —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.