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Batar 2011

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - June 30, 2014

90 Points "A butterly style, with butterscotch, toast and spice details accenting the melon and apple flavors. Stays spicy, echoing the toast note on the lingering finish. Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - January 10, 2014

92 Points "This is always one of the best whites of Tuscany, with a yogurt, apple and dried-pineapple character. Full and rich with beautiful fruit and a lovely texture and tension. Drink now. Made from biodynamic grapes. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - August 01, 2013

93 Points "The 2011 Batar is striking in this vintage. Peach, mint, jasmine, Chamomile, honey and almond notes all flesh out in the glass. Ample, resonant and rich on the palate, the 2011 impresses for its balance, class and harmony. Once again, Batar is one of the most distinctive Tuscan whites. Batar is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Blanc, with the Pinot Blanc adding an element of freshness that was absolutely critical in this precocious vintage. The 2011 will be appealing young, but it is also a wine that ages very well, and I imagine it will be even better in another year or two. The 2011 was fermented in barrel, with some lees stirring, where it spent nine months prior to being racked into cement for blending and bottling."

Batar 2010

Wine Spectator - Bruce Sanderson - October 01, 2013

90 Points “Toasty, displaying vanilla, clove, nutmeg, butterscotch and baked apple flavors. Balanced, this wine is rich in texture, with a long finish."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - June 19, 2013

93 Points "A wine with layers of dried apple and pineapple character, with hints of chalks and light oak. Full body, bright acidity and a lightly chewy finish. Fascinating white. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco."

Batar 2009 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - March 2012

90 Points "This oak-aged blend of equal parts Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay opens with a beautifully intense bouquet of vanilla bean, peach cobbler and citrus mousse. White almond and toasted spice make for rich accents on the long fresh finish."

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - January 03, 2012

91 Points "Aromas similar to pineapple ice cream and apples follow through to a full body, with lots of fruit and firm acidity. Delicious now, but better in 2012. Biodynamically produced."

vinousmedia.com - Antonio Galloni - August 01, 2011

89 Points "The 2009 Batàr shows good up-front fleshiness in its juicy apricots, peaches and light floral honey although some of the intial depth in the wine tapers off on the finish. Batàr has a track record of developing beautifully in bottle. It will be interesting to see the direction the 2009 takes. Today, it appears a measure of minerality is lacking in comparison to the finest vintages."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - August 2011

89 Points "The 2009 Batar shows good up-front fleshiness in its juicy apricots, peaches and light floral honey... Batar has a track record of developing beautifully in bottle. It will be interesting to see the direction the 2009 takes."

Batar 2008 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - March 2012

90 Points "Tuscan dishes celebrate fresh, seasonal ingredients such as fava beans, artichokes, asparagus, zucchini and extra virgin olive oil. This structured white wine offers the richness of texture and aromatic intensity to pair with the best of that culinary tradition."

Decanter - Antonio Galloni - October 01, 2010

91 Points "The 2008 Batàr is rather pointed and focused in this vintage, which also happens to be one of the most elegant I can remember. There is wonderful purity and energy in the ripe peach fruit with subtle undertones of flowers, minerals and French oak that add complexity. The oak seems dialed down in 2008 and what comes through is the exceptional beauty of fruit planted on these high-altitude hillside vineyards. Batàr is 50% Pinot Blanc and 50% Chardonnay aged in French oak barrels, 50% new."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - October 2010

91 Points "The 2008 Batar is rather pointed and focused in this vintage, which also happens to be one of the most elegant I can remember. There is wonderful purity and energy in the ripe peach fruit with subtle undertones of flowers, minerals and French oak that add complexity. The oak seems dialed down in 2008 and what comes through is the exceptional beauty of fruit planted on these high-altitude hillside vineyards."

Batar 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Monica Larner - July 01, 2010

92 Points "Here is an exceptionally fresh and pristine blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco from a biodynamic vineyard in Tuscany with buoyant aromas of honeysuckle, stone fruit, apricot and white mineral. The wine is crisp, sophisticated and lasts many long minutes in the mouth."

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - August 31, 2009

92 points "An intense, minerally nose, with notes of bitter almond, sultana and ripe melon, leads to a full-bodied palate, with rich mineral character and lemony acidity. There's a velvety, almost tannic texture on the long finish. Compact. Powerful and impressive."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - August 01, 2009

91 Points "Querciabella's Batar...is quite possibly the most elegant, refined white being made in Tuscany today. Those qualities are on display in the sublime 2007. Ripe, succulent peaches, apricots, smoke, honey, spices and sweet toasted oak all come together with unusual grace. The oak is especially well-balanced in this vintage. Simply put, the 2007 Batar is a gem."

Batar 2006 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - June 2008

90 points "The 2006 Batar is one of the small handful of truly distinctive whites being made in Tuscany. This lush, full-bodied wine reveals ripe peaches, cantaloupe, jasmine, honey, spices and toasted oak on a soft-textured, medium-bodied frame. Still quite primary today, it will acquire further nuance and put on weight with further bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016."

Batar 2005 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Suckling - October 31, 2007

90 points "Fresh apple, flower and light toffee aromas follow through to a full body, with a round texture and a long, rich finish. There's loads of fruit and character, yet this is refined."

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - June 2007

90 Points "The estate’s barrel-aged 2005 Batar...is consistently one of Italy’s finest whites. The 2005 presents attractive suggestions of jasmine, peaches and sweet tropical fruit on a medium-bodied frame buttressed by a lively note of minerality. While the 2005 is not one of the more opulent Batars, it is nonetheless a very finessed wine that is sure to find many admirers. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017."

Batar 2004 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Antonio Galloni - June 2007

92 Points "During a recent visit to the estate I had the opportunity to taste every Batar back to 1995 and there can be no question that in top vintages it is a wine that is capable of developing further complexity with age. The standout of that tasting was the sublime 2004 Batar...which captures the fullest expression of this wine. Endowed with layers of sweet fruit interwoven with mineral and sweet toasted oak notes, it offers outstanding length on the palate in a more full-bodied style than the slender 2005, with notable finesse and terrific overall balance. Although it can be enjoyed today, this wine has a history of filling out its frame with some bottle age. It is not to be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2019."