Bathus--Amateur Wine Philosopher's Reviews

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    (6/29/2014)
    Dr. Loosen Dr. L Estate QbA 2012
    Sold Out $12.99
    2013 vintage available for $12.99
    This is NOT an "Estate" wine. Wine dot com should not title this as an "Estate QbA." An "estate" wine is a wine made with grapes grown on the producer's property or from a specific grower's property. This wine was made with purchased grapes from various different growers. On its website, Loosen specifically writes that the "Dr. L" line of wines are "not estate wines." Loosen makes some very fine estate wines, but Dr. L is not an estate wine. Perhaps someday wine dot com will correct this error, but I doubt it. Anyone with more than a passing fancy of wine knows that such distinctions are important. Unfortunately, wine dot com frequently mis-describes wines on its webstie, uses reviews that were for a different wine, or photos that are for a different wine. On several occasions wine dot com has shipped me a wine different from the wine described or pictured on its website because its people (either the ones writing the website copy or the one assembling the orders at the warehouse) did not know which wine was which. To its credit, wine dot come has always corrected such shipping errors. However, even after it corrects the shipping errors, the web page listings are not corrected. Oh well. As to this wine itself, it ain't half bad for the price: Actual riesling character for around ten bucks--perfect for take out Asian food on Wednesday night.
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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
    Sold Out $27.99
    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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    2013 vintage available for $16.99
    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
    Sold Out $19.99
    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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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
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    2010 vintage available for $19.99
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