This perennial knock-out is excellent again. It has maple, coffee and other wood-driven aromatics. The mouth is like a bowl of black plums mixed with mocha, coffee and bitter chocolate. And the finish is ultrasmooth, with light but welcome intrusions of vanilla. In a perfect world it could use at least two to three years of aging. —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.