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(WT010417-1) GRUET METHODE CHAMPENOISE AMERICA BLANC DE BLANCS  $17.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. SPARKLING) 12%. Good bottle bouquet. Fairly gross mousse./ Yes, younger tasting, with an large mousse. Fairly short finish. Not bad, but it seems these are getting less ‘en tirage' time now. 16.0.
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(WT010417-10) 14 CATENA ZAPATA ESTATE HIGH MOUNTAIN VINES MENDOZA MALBEC  $18.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 13.5%; est. 1902. Oh, my, deep, peppery, spicy, black, racy. Refined wood in balance./ Full oak cremes. Suave, with tempered acidity. Pleasingly soft and ready to enjoy. 16.7.
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(WT010417-11) 13 SAN PEDRO ESTATE 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD MAULE VALLEY MALBEC  $14.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (CHILE) 14.5%. Very ripe. Plum pudding like. Light oak. Dried fruit, warm spices, power. Loaded./ Balanced and full of body and flavor and texture. Mega malbec. 16.9.
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(WT010417-12) 10 JASON-STEPHENS ESTATE SANTA CLARA VALLEY SYRAH  $16.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.7%. 2010 dark and solid. Surprisingly unevolved. Woody, spicy, dry, and proud./ Suave, with oak and integrity. Full glycerol. 16.4.
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(WT010417-13) 14 CARNIVOR CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $12.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.9%. Mega purple color./ Ripe and open and assisted. Generous, honest./ Sweet, ripe and made to please. Right. 16.1.
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(WT010417-14) 15 GNARLY HEAD 1924 DOUBLE BLACK LIMITED EDITION CALIFORNIA RED  $9.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 15%; petite sirah, zinfandel, malbec. Frosted bottle now. Oh, boy, very spicy wood additives, well conceived and executed./ Sweet, spicy, powerful. Yes. 16.2.
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(WT010417-15) CHATEAU FONTAINE CHERRYSHINE MICHIGAN CHERRY HALF BOTTLE  $16.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN FORTIFIED) 18%; fortified with Fontaine's cherry eau-de-vie; last week's bottle deemed corked. What a difference this week. Power, cherry, spirit, kirsch. Balanced and sweet on the nose./ Yes, sweetness and strength in balance on the palate too. Full cherry flavor. While working in tandem, spirit and wine each make a distinct and lovely statement. 18.0.
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(WT010417-2) 15 COTES DU ROUSSILLON BLANC LES VIGNES DE BILA-HAUT, MICHEL CHAPOUTIER  $14.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Scent of viognier or rolle. I'm guessing the latter. Cool and fresh./ Good astringency that is a feature of both viognier and rolle. Good vintage for this. Turns out to be grenaches blanc and gris, and macabeu. The macabeu's the scented one, not the two I guessed. Works. 16.3.
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(WT010417-3) 15 LANGHE ARNEIS, CORDERO DI MONTEZEMOLO  $18.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; est. 1340; 19th generation estate.Seems rustic, coarse. Little perfume. Earth and sulphur./ Edgy, rough. No. Did not improve after aeration. 13.0+?
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(WT010417-4) 15 FLEURIE GRAND CRU CLOS DE LA ROILETTE, DOMAINE COUDERT  $21.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Elegant, dark, silky, deep, poised. Nobly reductive. For its coolness, it seems more like a 2014 than 2015./ Dark and young and reductive. The class is there. Air and age. 16.5++.
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(WT010417-5) 13 ALENQUER QUINTA DAS SETENCOSTAS, CASA SANTOS LIMA  $12.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 13.5%; 50% castelao, 20% camarate, 15% each tinta miuda, preto martinho. Rich and dark and silky. Pure and deep cherry and spice complex./ Pure, satiny, classy, balanced. Perfect posture. Long, enticing blueberry cobbler aftertaste. This all fits together so comfortably. 17.0.
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(WT010417-6) 13 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES  $14.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. OMG! Deep, garrrigue and potpourri scented without oakiness. Full garrigue range of peppercorns, sage, rosemary./ Yes, good body, fruit sweetness, full presence, acid, texture, all. This estate keeps on truckin'. 16.8.
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(WT010417-7) 14 TERRAZZE RETICHE DI SONDRIO NEBBIOLO BOTONERO, MEMETE PREVOSTINI  $22.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. A fresh, spicy, northern, high altitude take on nebbiolo, rightly delicate./ Smooth fruit coating. Racy acid. No tannin. Not your basic Langhe nebbiolo. Its own thing. 16.6.
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(WT010417-8) 13 AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE GRICOS, AZ. AGR. GRIFALCO  $15.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Expressive of licorice, tar, cherry, peppercorn. Great aglianico, deep and persistent./ Yes, well textured, well balanced. Sweet fruit flavors, fine tannin, all. One of the best in this series. 17.0.
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(WT010417-9) 13 AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE GRIFALCO, AZ. AGR. GRIFALCO  $21.99
01/04/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Additional freshness and uplift. Perhaps longer in barrel, but not woody. Deep and concentrated cherry essence and licorice./ Palate shows more oakiness, more structure. This is young, backward, powerful. Not as appealing as the Gricos at present; crafted for cellaring. 16.6+.
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