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(WT020117-1) 13 LLOPART RESERVA ROSE BRUT CAVA  $17.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPARKLING) 11.5%; est. 1887; two years en tirage. Lots of red fruit, and bottle bouquet too. Lots of lots./ Dry and astute. Pink fruit. Good with food. I'm impressed. 17.0.
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(WT020117-10) 13 VACQUEYRAS CUVEE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE LE COUROULU  $19.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Oh, yes, silken finesse. Deep black fruit intrigue. Blackberry. Well textured./ All about race, silky texture, finesse. Like the 2012, a great and singular Vacqueyras. 17.1.
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(WT020117-11) 14 PARDUCCI TRUE GRIT RESERVE MENDOCINO PETITE SIRAH  $17.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; est. 1932. 14 close and cool. Fine oak and real petite sirah purple fruit qualities./ Yes, oak and varietal flavors. Real fruit flavor character as well as mass. Good body. Wears it alcohol well. Long finish. 17.0.
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(WT020117-12) 14 SALENTO PRIMITIVO SASSEO, MASSERIA ALTEMURA  $14.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14.5%. Deep and seductive like the 2013, and with a cool 2014 inclination. All the goods here: cremes, jams, dried fruits, fresh, black 2014 fruits. Loaded./ Yes, sweet while 14 racy fruit acid and clarity. Incredible value once again. 17.0.
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(WT020117-13) 14 OAK RIDGE OZV OLD VINE LODI ZINFANDEL  $12.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.95%. Clear, cool, sweet, precise. Not a syrupy Lodi zin. 2014 character helps. Good measure of oak. A fine representative./ Sweet, with some RS for sure. Mega purple seductive. 16.3.
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(WT020117-14) 15 LEFT FOOT CHARLEY THE MISSING SPIRE MICHIGAN RIESLING  $15.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) 9%; RS 36 g/l; 7th Hill, Cork's, Roth, Rosi, & Chown Vyds. Good cool climate riesling presentation if a little understated on the nose. Race. No petrol./ Sweetness and acid in balance. Racy. Works. Great texture. Popular with the group. 16.5.
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(WT020117-15) 15 JOHANNISBERGER KLAUS RIESLING AUSLESE, WEINGUT H. KRAYER  $18.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 8.5%; est. 1866; Silver Prize - Hessen. An exemplary young Rheingau auslese featuring aromas of orange, peach, stone. Well extracted, well balanced, well poised. Young and solidly built./ Fully sweet in 2015, with great grip and etch. Real auslese concentration, not just of sweetness but also extract. 17.1+.
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(WT020117-2) 15 SANCERRE L'AUTHENTIQUE, CLAUDE & FLORENCE THOMAS LABAILLE  $21.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; at Chavignol. Ripe, sweet, and tender. Lemonade and gooseberry./ Good race, acid support. Supple and tangy. Better than the previous vintage. Simpler than the Monts Damnes cuvee. And cheaper. 16.3.
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(WT020117-3) 14 WILDSTOCK OREGON CHARDONNAY  $11.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Nice, fresh, crisp Oregon style of chardonnay./ Apple, citrus, and light oak vim and vigor. Textbook Oregon chardonnay at a reasonable price. List price: $22. 16.4.
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(WT020117-4) 08 CITATION OREGON CHARDONNAY  $16.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13%. Ample, deep, rich, Burgundian. Has aged famously. Fabulous texture, bouquet, depth./ Yes, aged well in barrel and bottle. Power, fine acidity, all. List price: $35. 16.9.
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(WT020117-5) 15 PELEE ISLAND ONTARIO CABERNET FRANC  $9.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. CANADA) 13%. Sweet and ideal northern cabernet franc, as always. Red raspberry./ Sweet red raspberry and seeds. Balanced, racy, savory. 16.6.
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(WT020117-6) 13 FAMILIA ZUCCARDI SERIE A VALLE DE UCO CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $14.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 14%.Deep seated and skillfully barrel aged. Black currant and blackberry cabernet sauvignon aromatic display. Complex, deep, racy./ Oak and light herb. Dry, with good acidity for mealtime applications. A winery to watch. 16.5.
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(WT020117-7) 11 TOSCANA DAINERO, SOC. AGR. CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO  $16.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; 90% merlot, 10% sangiovese. Brighter and more accessible than the 2010 tasted last week. That's 2011ľa year younger by date but three years more advanced in development. Racy, savory herb, meat, dried fruit complex. Very attractive./ Rich, easy, flowing, enticing, and complex. Complete. List price: $25. 17.5.
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(WT020117-8) 13 JENNER SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR  $16.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.4%; 2nd label of Fritz. Deep, loaded, complete. Noble reduction. This is something big./ Yes, pure, sweet, reductive. All ripe pinot fruit; no Sonoma Coast tea and tartness. Suave and even textured. Terrific value. List price: $29. 16.9.
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(WT020117-9) 14 THE GRINDER WESTERN CAPE PINOTAGE  $12.99
02/01/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SOUTH AFRICA) 14.5%. Coffee, mocha, chocolate. Rich and complete. As promised./ All of the above confirmed on the palate. Fine balance, arabica-like fruit and acid. 16.5.
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(WT020817-10) 15 BODEGAS MAINQUE TRES EXILIOS MENDOZA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $8.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 13.2%. Young, sweet, neat, convincing. Cabernet sweet berry./ Yes, ripe berries and light cremes. Enough acid. Balanced and likeable bargain. 16.0.
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(WT020817-11) 12 MERCER CANYONS COLUMBIA VALLEY RED  $9.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.9%; merlot, syrah, cab sauv, malbec, petit verdot, meunier, cinsault. Fine blackberry aroma plus suavity of bottle age. Nice bottle bouquet development./ Suavity, easy, fruit sweetness, and hint of oak. Balanced and delicious now. 16.3.
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(WT020817-13) 14 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER THE FURST, VIGNERONS DE. KIENTZHEIM- KAYSERSBERG  $14.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ALSACE) 13.5%. Tonic, rose, barbershop. Balanced. Light reduction./ Harmonioius, medium full and viscous. Good acid foil. Right body and strength. 16.5.
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(WT020817-14) 13 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, DOMAINE ZINCK  $18.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ALSACE) 13.5%; 4/8 dry/sweet scale. A sweeter take, with rose and ginger./ Sweet and right. Plenty of oomph and stamina.16.9.
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(WT020817-15) 15 MOSCATO D'ASTI SORI GRAMELLA, AZ. AGR. ELVIO TINTERO  $14.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 5.5%. Very, very bright, lifted, even soaring./ Sweet and fresh. At a nice stage, yet a few more weeks in bottle will augment its aromatic profile. 16.9+.
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(WT020817-2) 13 CHALONE ESTATE CHALONE CHARDONNAY  $28.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; 30+ yr old vines at 1800'; aged in French oak. Young. Well built. Shows barrel aging and subtle oakiness. Burgundy notions. Composed, confident./ Yes, subtle, well married oak and chardonnay character. Light reduction. Big sized. To keep. 17.0+.
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(WT020817-3) 15 AIRFIELD ESTATES LONE BIRCH YAKIMA VALLEY ROSE  $8.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.2%. Fresh, with full fruit, presence, fortitude. All the while, joyous./ Sweet fruit. Great acid etch. Totally fresh and mealworthy. Very popular with the group. 16.6.
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(WT020817-4) 15 BOURGUEIL CUVEE ALOUETTES, DOMAINE DE LA CHANTELEUSERIE  $14.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Sweet on the approach, followed by peels, reduction. Dark and deep and sour./ Yes, tart and reductive. For what's supposed to be a fun cuvee and fruity vintage, this is no fun at all. 15.8+.
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(WT020817-5) 15 BARDOLINO CLASSICO, LENOTTI  $9.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) Sweet, spicy, delicate cherry aroma. Not 15 soft./ Low flavor profile at present. Little oomph and fruit. Better served cool. 15.4+.
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(WT020817-6) 15 VAUCLUSE LE PIGEOULET, FAMILLE BRUNIER  $17.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; owners of CdP estate Vieux Telegraphe; 80% grenache, 10% syrah, 5% ea cinsault, carignan. Large and expressive. Well extracted. Full aroma depth and range. Fruit, peppercorn, garrigue. Big, powerful presence./ Yes, plenty of oomph and range here. Certainly portrays 2015's lushness after a series of less-ripe years. Good vintage for this cuvee. 16.6.
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(WT020817-7) 15 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DU JONCIER  $14.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; at Tavel. Racy, tart, dark, crisp Gard 15. Depth and force./ The palate is sweeter and also a little reductive. Red and black currant flavors of Gard. High acid for 2015. 16.1+.
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(WT020817-8) 14 RIDGE THREE VALLEYS SONOMA RED  $28.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; 65% zinfandel, 17% petite sirah, 14% carignane, 4% grenache. Ripe, large, rangy, peppery. 14 darkness, depth, restraint./ Rich but also 14 racy. Not over the top. Young and characteristic of the vintage's North Coast reds. Good acid. 16.7+.
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(WT020817-9) 14 CAHORS, CLOS LA COUTALE  $14.99
02/08/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; 80% malbec, 20% merlot. Good vintage of this. Precise cherry, licorice, tar. Well drawn and focused. 14 clarity. Plus plenty of sweet fruit./ Racy, peppery, spicy. Licorice. Some herbaceous qualities on the aftertaste. Good overall. 16.3+.
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(WT021517-1) 16 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC UNIQUE, DOMAINE DELAILLE  $14.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Intense, precise, vigorous passion fruit aroma./ Yes, plus juicy citrus fruit. Very zingy. Citrus oil aftertaste. This is screaming for attention.16.8.
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(WT021517-10) 15 COTES DU RHONE SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS  $12.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Northern Rhone winemaker style, dark and a little surly./ Yes, still tight and tart. Not yet 2015 giving. 16.0++.
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(WT021517-11) 15 COTES DU RHONE VIGNES DU PRIEURE, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN  $15.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 50% grenache, 40% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Lush if reductive. Paradox of sweet and sullen./ Yeah, sweet fruit, sour reduction. Needs time to work things out. 16.3+.
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(WT021517-12) 15 CALATAYUD GARNACHA HONORO VERA, BODEGAS ATECA  $7.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14.5%. Sweet, hot, firm framed./ Sweet, strong, lush. What it is. 15.9+.
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(WT021517-13) 14 HAHN MONTEREY PINOT NOIR  $14.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. Sweet and strong for Monterey. From Santa Lucia Highlands? Sweet and uncomplicated California pinot noir./ Softness of pinot. Heat of high alcohol. Serve with hefty fare. 15.5.
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(WT021517-14) 14 KULETO ESTATE INDIA INK NAPA RED  $19.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.8%. Very powerful and woody. Strong winemaker statement. Steak house wine. Full and good oak./ Long on wood, power, fruit. Not without 2014's cool demeanor though. 16.4.
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(WT021517-2) 16 CHEVERNY BLANC DOMAINE DU SALVARD, DELAILLE  $15.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%; 85% sauvignon blanc, 15% chardonnay. Milder. The chardonnay seems to dumb it down./ Yeah, what's the point? There's enough sauvignon to supply vigor though. I'm not sure what chardonnay brings to the table. 16.2+?
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(WT021517-3) 15 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE SAINT LANNES  $7.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12%; 80% colombard, 20% gros manseng. In this warm vintage, the colombard is riper and less green-fruited than usual. Gros manseng adds a peachy plumpness./ Yes, peach and creamsicle. Plumpness over cut. Acid present but not a leading player. 15.9+.
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(WT021517-4) 15 VOUVRAY JARDIN EN FLEURS, BESOMBES MOC BARIL  $12.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Accurate chenin aroma set of low key melon, quince, lime./ Pleasing vigor on the palate. Between sec tendre and demi sec sweetness foiled by crisp acidity. Room to grow. 16.0+.
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(WT021517-5) 15 ALTO ADIGE PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA TERLANO  $18.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. After four 12%ers, this one displays its extra power. Big, deep, and nutty grigio nose./ Yes, large on the mouth too. Nutty. Big time volume and texture for the dinner table. 16.7.
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(WT021517-8) 15 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, LOUIS JADOT  $14.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Rich and classic. The fullest and best vintage in the series. So pure and cool and Jadot well managed./ Very dry and still reductive. Dark, crisp 2015 gamay basis. 16.6+.
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(WT021517-9) 15 MORGON GRAND CRU LES CHARMES, DOMAINE PRAL  $18.99
02/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 14%; best Beaujolais vintage since 1959. Dark, big, and surprisingly tart. Lipstick reduction./ Cherry and cranberry. Young and tannic. Needs bottle age for full declaration of its assets. 16.8+.
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(WT022017-1) 15 CHALK HILL WINERY SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY  $18.99
02/20/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. Great combo of oak, barrel fermentation extras, creamy malo, and original, cool climate chardonnay fruit./ All over again. Very sweet and alluring in 2015, especially for Sonoma Coast. Well priced. 16.7.
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(WT022017-2) 15 BEAUJOLAIS VIEILLES VIGNES CUVEE TRADITIONNELLE DOMAINE DU VISSOUX, PIERRE MARIE CHERMETTE  $18.99
02/20/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Fresh and sweet and logical 2015 gamay sporting plum, cranberry, and pie cherry aromas./ Great acidity and astringency to balance the vintage's full framing and rich filling. All. 16.7.
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(WT022017-3) 14 CAHORS K-OR CLOS TROTELIGOTTE, EMANUEL RYBINSKI  $19.99
02/20/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Deep and rich, reductive and complicated 2014. Padded too. 3D./ Wow, dark, solid, reduced, and still painfully astringent. It hurts so good. Great future. 16.9+.
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(WT022017-4) 14 DOURO CRASTO, QUINTA DO CRASTO  $21.99
02/20/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 14%.Oh, this deep complex reads of rich fruit, barrel age and extract. Sweet black core fruit. Complete. Always is./ Yes, rangy, fine, full, and well balanced. 17.0+.
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(WT022017-5) 12 EXPERIENCE SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR  $25.99
02/20/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.2%. Mid life quiet stage, aroma-wise./ Softness of 2012 at four years, without a loss of newness. Some wood input. 16.1+.
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(WT022017-6) 13 L. A. CETTO ESTATE VALLE DE GUADALUPE CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $11.99
02/20/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (MEXICO) 13%. Sweet fruited, and 2013 warm and full. Wine of place./ Sweet and soft. Modest cabernet, modest priced. Slightly salty finish. 15.7.
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(WT022017-9) LILLET ROSE APERITIF  $19.99
02/20/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (APERITIF) Light aromas of citrus and rose./ Sweet citrus. Cool herbs and flowers. 16.9.
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