This 100% Tuscan Cabernet has struggled for ripeness in the past couple of vintages, and the 1998 is fairly green at the core. Beyond that it has a nice feel and racy tannins. But the murky, somewhat underripe flavor profile is a hurdle that it just can't clear. This type of wine makes one wonder about Cabernet's performance in central Tuscany. —M.S.
Empson USA Ltd
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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.