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Anton Bauer 2007 “Cuvée No 13” (Wagram) – 40% blaufränkisch, 35% zweigelt, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot. This isn’t bad, exactly, but there’s way too much striving (the blend, yes, but also the oak) that is not supported by the raw materials. This is pleasant but thoroughly anonymous. And it’s fine that Austria wants to me-too their native grapes like this, but I don’t have to be interested in the result. (1/12)


Anton Bauer 2009 Grüner Veltliner Rosenberg (Donauland) – Open, but it’s a small opening, spreading tiny white petals to show the (nicely) vegetal greenness within. There’s just a touch of the lurid to the aroma, but it’s a luridness that exists mostly in a nearby room, rather than right in front of the taster. Simple, nice, not really more than that. (2/11)