Bathus--Amateur Wine Philosopher's Reviews

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    (5/22/2013)
    Marques de Caceres Deusa Nai Albarino 2011
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    2012 vintage available for $15.99
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    (5/3/2013)
    Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2008
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    2010 vintage available for $22.99
    This wine rewards careful attention. Initially one notices what is NOT there, more than what IS there. On the nose: No oak. The fruit is in the background, hardly perceptible at first. In fact, at first sniff about the only thing one notices is the clean-soapy-after-a-bath-smell. On the palate: Initially, only minerality, and a salinity that borders on downright saltiness, with precious little fruit. But spend a little time with this wine and then, on the nose, you will begin to detect lovely honey-and-orange blossoms, and on the palate, peach, melon, sour crabapple--all distinct and precise, but also all very subtle. This is wine worth paying attention to, but if you don't pay attention, you might miss it entirely. (Note: I am drinking and reviewing this wine in early 2013 when it is five years old, so it is almost certainly not the same "exhuberant" wine described in Wine Advocate. With age, it has become more restrained and subtle, more interesting.)
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  • Laurenz V Singing Gruner Veltliner 2010
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    First two bottles of this GruVee were not all that impressive. The last bottle was better, so I'm giving it another star (to make 3, which is a decent score on a 5 star scale). Sorry, no details, but it's been a while, and I didn't keep notes.
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    (4/9/2013)
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2009
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    2010 vintage available for $19.99
    Beautiful wine, but made in a subtle and restrained old world style that won't appeal to most modern tastes. Predominately cherry and stemmy nose. On the palate, cherry, graphite, and anise. High acid. Clean, clear, and bright all the way around. Fine tannins extend the finish. This will seem thin and acidic to undiscerning modern palates. Definitely a food wine.
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    (4/9/2013)
    Justin Isosceles 2010
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    2011 vintage available for $64.99
    When I ordered this on February 14th, winedotcom sent me the wrong bottle. Instead of Isoceles, they sent me the 2010 Cabernet, which is an entirely different bottle of wine. Winedotcom is supposed to be sending me the correct bottle to arrive on the 21st. So I will report back at that time. However, if they do send me the correct bottle, it will be a while before I can write a review of it, because I won't be opening it for several years. But if it is true to form, it will be delicious. BTW: The 2010 vintage might be the last one produced under the direction of Justin Baldwin since he sold the winery in April 2011.UPDATE: Wine dot com refunded my purchase price because (as I suspected) they did not actually have the 2010 Justin Isosceles in stock.
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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
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