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(WT012517-1) 16 KONO MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC  $12.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (NEW ZEALAND) 12.5%; Maori owned. Sweet citrus and soft tropics, including passion fruit. Balanced and charming./ Yes, tender on the approach, with enough acid backing. Suave, gentle, perfectly fashioned. Sits comfortably on the palate. 16.7.
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(WT012517-10) 15 MINERVOIS BASTIDE, CHATEAU COUPE ROSES  $14.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; 48% carignan, 46% grenache, 6% syrah. Spicy and vigorous. The ripest vintage in years here. Elegant too. Wonderfully proportioned varietal lineup./ Yes, really voluptuous in ripe 2015 compared to the previous four vintages. The group spoke of brett. I didn't notice any. 16.6.
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(WT012517-11) 15 HAHN CENTRAL COAST GSM  $14.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; 59% grenache, 33% syrah, 8% mourvedre; Spectator Top 100. Spicy and right. Drier than the cabernet./ Yes, drier and spicier, and a touch slighter. Good. 16.0.
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(WT012517-12) 13 SNOQUALMIE COLUMBIA VALLEY SYRAH  $9.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Spectator Top 100. Standard, vinous. Little varietal character./ Cool WA black fruit. Medium body and flavor intensity. The group was more enthused than I.. 15.2.
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(WT012517-13) 13 DOURO VEEDHA, SOGEVINUS  $14.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 13%. Yes, violets to the fore. I love that. Elegant. Douro substantial too. Spicy wood. Schist foundation./ Ripeness of Douro on the palate too, without excessive power and singe. Very popular with the group. 16.7.
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(WT012517-14) 10 TOSCANA DAINERO, CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO  $16.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 90% merlot, 10% sangiovese. 2010 size and meatiness. At a quiet stage between aroma and bouquet. In a trough like many 2010 Tuscans at this stage./ Medium richness, medium acidity. Balanced. One to cellar. List price: $25. 16.4+.
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(WT012517-15) 15 ORVIETO CLASSICO AMABILE, BIGI  $10.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12%. Fabulously tangy as well as rich. Lemon peel, zest./ Flavorful if still restrained in youth. The acid is coated. Lemony finish. 16.6+.
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(WT012517-16) 15 LEFT FOOT CHARLEY MURMUR MICHIGAN WHITE  $14.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) Pinot gris (from the MacDonald vineyard), chardonnay, and pinot blanc. Good richness and balance./ Pinot gris body. These vines are 15 years old. This works. Wide spectrum of flavors and positive texture. I much prefer this to the 2014. 16.5.
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(WT012517-2) 15 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE MANDARD  $14.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13.5%. A more delicate approach–Loire vs Marlborough. Sweet lemon curd. Deep and penetrating gooseberry. Poise and confidence./ Citrus, mint, calcaire. Soft acidity of 2015. Good, bitter aftertaste has a balancing effect. 16.8.
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(WT012517-3) 15 CASTLE ROCK CENTRAL COAST CHARDONNAY  $8.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Light oak. Rather neutral nose./ Sweetish. Nowhere near as impressive as the 2014. 15.0.
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(WT012517-4) 14 FORIS ESTATE DRY SOUTHERN OREGON GEWURZTRAMINER  $14.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.9%. Thick, viscous gewurz aroma, offering ginger, rose, and even tar./ Very gingery, spicy. Dry and suave. Gewurz medium acidity and thickness. Unique and special. 16.6.
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(WT012517-5) 15 VAL DE LOIRE HEHO, DOMAINE LES HAUTES NOELLES  $12.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%; 45% each cabernet franc and grolleau; 10% gamay. A fresh melange of these grape varieties. Pleasing fruit, spice, peel extract vigor./ Lovely fruit flavors of lower Loire red varieties. Attractive levity. Rangy, cool, and ready for food. 16.5.
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(WT012517-6) 15 HAHN CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $14.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; Spectator Top 100. Rich, sweet, and convincingly coastal./ Warm, juicy, ripe fruit. Cunningly crafted for broad, current appeal. Yes. 16.4.
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(WT012517-7) 14 PAOLETTI PICCOLO CRU CALISTOGA RED  $25.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.6%; 50% cab sauv, 20% merlot, 18% malbec, 6% each petit verdot, cab franc. Younger and closer knit than the 2013 at recent encounter. Naturally. 2014 dark fruit. Compact yet. Just shipped./ Oh, the rich and rangy and racy palate is more revealing than the nose. Baking spices. Calistoga sweet, ripe fruit. Palate is already good to go. Likely the nose will be too, after further aeration. 17.1+.
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(WT012517-8) 14 FORCE OF NATURE MOSSFIRE RANCH PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $22.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. Rich in oak and Paso sweet, ripe fruit./ Yes, Paso sweet but not pruny, not sloppy. 2014 containment. Good vintage here. Good stuff. 16.5.
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(WT012517-9) 15 VITTORIA FRAPPATO IL FRAPPATO, VALLE DELL' ACATE  $16.99
01/25/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Spicy, sweet cherry and plum./ Cherry cordial. Good acidity. All the frappato appeal and definition one could want. 16.8.
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