Mary John Baumann, DWS

Accredited wine expert with advanced wine education, sales and lecturing talent. Creative marketer with demonstrated success in global marketing and development of leading multinational luxury brands.

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  • Sep 28, 2012 at 2:25pm
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    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Sep 28, 2012 at 1:30pm
    At the opposite end of the spectrum in Piemonte, modern winemaking is very much alive at Conterno-Fantino's chic, state of the art winery atop the village of Monforte d"Alba. In addition to delivering panoramic 360 views of the Langhe, the estate delivers top quality Barolo taking full advantage of roto fermentors to achieve maximum extraction and new French oak barriques to coax forth both power and finesse. Sori Genestra is planted on clay soils at 1,300 ft elevation. The 2009 vintage spent eleven months in new French oak barrels, ten months in tank and nine months in bottle. Its purple flecked color is notably deeper than most Barolos, echoing the masterful extraction techniques in place. The highly extracted nose reveals very intense violet and rose notes layered with sweet spice and truffle. A very complex wine beautifully marrying sweet aromas with savory muscle. A huge wine with very well balanced high acid, grippy tannins and high alcohol. Very concentrated and long for cellaring at least a decade, or perhaps save for the grandchildren?

  • Sep 28, 2012 at 2:22pm

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    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Sep 28, 2012 at 1:11pm
    A rare digestif native to Piemonte, Chinato is a mysterious blend of bitters and botanicals infused in a base of dry Barolo, then fortified to 16% alcohol. Addition of a good dose of sugar at Marcarini makes this Chinato a complex elixir, perfect to follow a rich Piedmontese meal. Marcarini uses a combination of quinine bark, rhubarb and citrus, as well as a secret blend of spices. Aromatically, it is reminiscent of mulled wine, or Swedish Glogg. But the similarity stops there, On palate, it is a rich, viscous, sweet liqueur with pronounced bitters, caramel and vanillic flavors balancing nicely with high alcohol. It is a complex and stirring digestif perfect for pairing with the local Budino, a chocolate infused pudding. Marcarini Chinato is available stateside imported by Empson

  • Sep 28, 2012 at 2:20pm
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    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Sep 28, 2012 at 11:54am
    The 2008 Brunate is Marcarini's icon wine, a true expression of this top quality site with very intense savory aromas of tobacco, mocha, truffle, leather and candle wax. It is a more "masculine" interpretation of Barolo and a true masterpiece created by winemaker Manuel Marchetti, a passionate steward of the Marcarini family wines. With signature high acid and fine grippy tannins perfectly balanced with 14% alcohol, it is the most concentrated of Marcarini's two single vineyard Barolos, massive yet elegant.

  • Sep 28, 2012 at 2:18pm
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    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Sep 28, 2012 at 11:33am
    From sandy, south facing hilltop soils in La Serra, this elegant expression of Nebbiolo is deceiving at first, with its medium ruby color. Behind the robe, a very intense nose of dark cherry, kirsch, balsam and rum provide a seductive introduction to this single vineyard bottling. High acid and high, fine yet grippy tannins mesh nicely with spice, ripe fruit and high alcohol at 14.5%, Very concentrated and complex with a very long finish. Ageing for two years in new Slavonian oak botti from Austrian Franz Stockinger delivers a spice and oak tannin kick to carry this huge wine through decades of cellaring. Traditional Barolo winemaking at its best!

  • Sep 28, 2012 at 2:13pm

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    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Sep 28, 2012 at 2:09pm
    Tasting through the wines of Poderi Einaudi in Dogliani with the convivial and charming Matteo Sardagna is a job I could look forward to year after year. As great grandson of the highly respected first president of Italy, Matteo wears many hats and has a strong grasp on managing every aspect of this venerable, historic winery. While best known for working magic with the Dolcetto grape in Dogliani, the Einaudi wine that most distinguished itself from all other Barolo's was the exceptional 2006 Barolo Cannubi. Cultivated on south, southeast facing Tortonian soils combining deep sand and calcareous clay, the celebrated Cannubi hill rises to an altitude exceeding 700 feet.. Einaudi 2006 Cannubi is deep ruby in color with a purple rim. Very intense aromas of balsam, rum, cinnamon, violet and rose are joined by savory tobacco and truffle, Structurally, this is a mammoth wine proudly showing terroir and careful extraction in the cellar (pumpover, submerged cap and delestage are all used). The wine was aged 18 months in French oak (30% new) and 18 months in large botti. A magical and magnificent Cannubi to seek out. Imported by Empson.

  • Sep 7, 2012 at 9:00am
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    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Sep 7, 2012 at 9:00am
    Wood and champagne are a rarity. Apart from the great houses of Bollinger, Krug and Alfred Gratien, a number of grower producers are currently ageing a portion of their base wines in wood. One such producer is Hubert Paulet. His stunning prestige cuvee Risleus is a NV blend of 47% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir, all sourced from premier cru sites in Rilly la Montagne. Tasted twice in the past two weeks, Risleus lives up to its reputation. Very fine pinpoint bubbles, a result of extended lees ageing. Very intense nose redolent of sweet spice,ripe berries, truffles and caramel beckon the first taste....a voluptuous, creamy mousse explodes on the tongue, intensifying the very complex nose and showing great concentration. The finish is incredibly long. A marvelous champagne to drink now or age for at least 5 years. Imported by Pas Mal.

  • Jul 27, 2012 at 10:35am
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    Average Price: $40.49

    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Jul 27, 2012 at 10:33am
    Very good indeed, a fruit forward stye which is very approachable now and a good introduction to vintage port from a very good year. Opaque, vibrant purple with very intense, ripe black plum, cassis and chocolate. On palate, the signature fruitcake and sweet spices add a very rich and mouth filling texture with ripe, sweet tannins, good complexity and concentration. In perfect balance now. An affordable and hedonistic style for early drinking. Cheers!

  • Jul 27, 2012 at 10:23am
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    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Jul 27, 2012 at 10:21am
    This is a beautiful 10 year Tawny with attractive, ruby red flecked highlights and a very intense nose of red stone fruit, berries, dried plums and lovely sweet spice. The oxidative winemaking and barrel ageing are expressed in a rich nutty quality enhanced with a mocha note. On palate a beautiful balance of sweet fruit and spice, high alcohol and excellent weight with mouth coating glycerol. The long lingering finish makes it a very complex, well made tawny port - very harmonious and well paired with aged Stilton.

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 5:51pm

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    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Jul 12, 2012 at 6:00pm
    Very intense mineral, juicy grapefruit and passion fruit braced by crisp acidity, this is the perfect, refreshing summer wine served with a good chill. A unique expression of Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Camaralet Tasted the 2006 vintage with winemaker Henri Ramonteau at the Domaine while visiting Jurancon in 2007 and have been a fan since then. The 2011 is fresh with more fruit and crisper acidity than typical Jurancon Sec.

  • Jun 14, 2012 at 4:09pm

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    Mary John Baumann, DWS' Review:
    Added Jun 14, 2012 at 4:08pm
    Probably one of the finest Sauvignon Blancs to emerge from the Western Cape. This is a wine full of bright zingy citrus and liime with fine grassy aromas and hints of gooseberry. It has a freshness reminiscent of Sancerre and great balance to match. Crisp acidity, ripe, not over ripe fruit and well balanced alcohol make this a top Sauvignon Blanc underscoring the impeccable quality coming from one of many very capaable wineries in South Africa..

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