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(WT031517-1) AMALIA MOSCHOFILERO METHODE TRADITIONNELLE BRUT, TSELEPOS  $31.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPARKLING) Fully expressive of bottle bouquet rather than moscho fruitiness. Fine mousse. Great harmony./ Yes, Champagne like indeed. The class, the brioche, the finesse. 17.4.
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(WT031517-10) 14 MONTSANT BLAU, CELLER CAN BLAU  $11.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%; 50% mazuelo (carignan), 25% each syrah, garnacha. Deep, sweet black cherry carignan. Rich and full presence./ Yes, sweet, generous fruit appeal, with tannin and other textural play. Has weight and takes up space. 16.4.
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(WT031517-11) 14 SNOQUALMIE COLUMBIA VALLEY SYRAH  $9.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Perfumed and unique spicy, savory airs. From wood? Likely. More dazzle and freshness than the Top 100 2013./ Warm spices echo on the palate, including syrah white pepper. Well crafted and a good value. 16.0.
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(WT031517-12) 14 JUMILLA MONASTRELL COMOLOCO, JUAN GIL  $8.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%. Oh, boy. Such a woody-spicy aromatic adventure./ Sweet and savory. Complete. Bargain. Better than the 2013. 16.9.
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(WT031517-13) 14 Z. ALEXANDER BROWN UNCAGED NORTH COAST CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $15.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Spicy oak and sweet fruit. North Coast demeanor./ Flavors and textures rather blurred at this stage. 2014 grace notes at the end. It's all moot. The vintage has moved to 2015 already. 16.2+.
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(WT031517-14) 14 QUEEN OF HEARTS ESTATE SANTA BARBARA PINOT NOIR  $12.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. Deep and racy 2014 Santa Barbara classic pinot nose./ Modest in flavor intensity and acidity. The palate is a bit of a letdown compared to previous vintages. Maybe it's just a stage. 15.9+.
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(WT031517-15) SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA MANZANILLA LA GUITA, DOMINGO PEREZ MARIN  $14.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 15%; bottled 6/10/16. Oh, this is clean as a whistle. And fully alert. Total, textbook manzanilla./ Yes, lithe and pure. Almond, green olive, and sea salt. Definitive. And well priced. Got to have some of this in my fridge. 18.4.
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(WT031517-16) 15 PANGON ASSYRTIKO ARETI, BIBLIA CHORA  $29.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) Full and fresh and classic assyrtiko. Has it all./ Jawbreaker assyrtiko extract like the best Santorinis. Awesome. Wow! Premier Cru Chablis! 17.7.
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(WT031517-17) 16 NEMEA AGIORGITIKO ROSE, DRIOPI  $16.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) Full, and fulfilled. No fermentation residuals./ Suave, well balanced, and all around accomplished. 16.8.
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(WT031517-2) 15 MANTINIA MOSCHOFILERO, TSELEPOS  $21.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) Beautiful moscho stone fruit expression. Subtle; not overdone or gushy./ Yes, the fruit, the flair. Essentially dry, with soft padding beneath. Well balanced. Yes. 16.6..
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(WT031517-3) 15 EPANOMI ASSYRTIKO MALAGOUSIA, KTIMA GEROVASSILIOU  $29.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) Lovely, full, and fine, with subtle varietal aromatics./ Yes, fine textured, full bodied. Real character and clarity. Recalls Chablis, albeit a softer side. Yes. 16.9.
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(WT031517-4) 14 PANGON ASSYRTIKO ARETI, BIBLIA CHORA  $29.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) Showing signs of age. Nut, grain, orange peel./ Palate confirms. This is not to my tastes. 15.9-. See notes on the 2015 (4A) at the end. Two attendees preferred the 2014, three (including me) the 2015. 15.9-.
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(WT031517-5) 14 PISATIDA ENIPEAS RODITIS-ASSYRTIKO, KTIMA BRINTZIKI  $16.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) 80/20. Plenty of character of each variety. Deep fruit, mineral etch./ Full, rich stone fruit flavors. Good acid, astringency of assyrtiko. Wet stone coolness. Yes. 16.8. A rose followed. It's at the end (5A).
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(WT031517-6) 14 NEMEA AGIORGITIKO, DRIOPI  $23.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) Oh, clear and bright and classic St. George varietal expression./ Deep, pure, intense. 16.8.
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(WT031517-7) 13 THESSALIA XINOMAVRO VALOS, KATSAROS  $29.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) Sweet and mellow and mature nose./ Yes, well along in bottle bouquet development. Still a little tannin to shed. Super fruit, balance, texture. Defines xinomavro. 16.9.
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(WT031517-8) 09 PANGEON VITA VITA RED, BIBLIA CHORA  $19.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) This includes some Bordeaux varieties, and it shows. International style./ Some oak, earth, and the usual claret profile. 16.2.
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(WT031517-9) 11 CHATEAU ARGADENS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR  $14.99
03/15/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; Famille Sichel; at St. Andre du Bois. Nice maturity, spicy savor coming on. Runs deep. Sweet fruit. Accomplished/ Good 11 acidity, with melted tannins. Suavity, savor, balance. Complete. 16.8.
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(WT032217-1) 15 SOAVE CLASSICO, AZ. AGR. INAMA  $17.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12%. Top drawer. Full garganega aroma and presence./ Very nice flavor intensity and depth. And length. Textbook. Always a good source, this is the best vintage I've tasted. 17.0.
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(WT032217-10) 12 CARIGNANO DEL SULCIS NUR, CANTINE SARDUS PATER  $14.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Reduced./ Closed, young. Can't get a good read on it yet. 15.8+.
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(WT032217-12) 09 CARIGNANO DEL SULCIS RISERVA IS ARENAS, CANTINE SARDUS PATER  $23.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%. Fully mature. Dried fruit./ Sweet sensations to start. Rugged. Then starts to dry out. Don't keep much longer. Useful with hearty fare now. 16.1-.
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(WT032217-2) 14 RAYMOND R COLLECTION LOT NO. 3 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY  $12.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Good light oak dressing and coastal demeanor./ Yes, both oak and fruit exhibit Napa Valley winemaker expertise. 16.2.
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(WT032217-3) 13 ALTA VISTA ESTATE PREMIUM SALTA TORRONTES  $14.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 14%; vineyard at 5741'. Deep and riesling like aroma. Nice development. Light muscat airs too./ Juicy and fine. Floral aspects. Unique. Fine. Totally wholesome. 16.5.
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(WT032217-4) 15 ALTO ADIGE LAGREIN ROSE, CANTINA ANDRIANO  $18.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Good cherry-nut sundae nose. Ample. No signs of aging./ Well endowed with fruit, strength, body, all. 16.7.
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(WT032217-5) 12 FRITZ ESTATE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $29.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.4%; est. 1979. In a mid age trough it seems. Dry and vinous at present./ Some good, juicy RRV fruit showing on the palate. Will fill our with bottle bouquet over the coming 1-2 years. 15.9+.
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(WT032217-6) 14 TERRA D'ORO AMADOR PETITE SIRAH  $17.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; est. 1970. Dark and gripping, red-berry fruit nose. Dry and vinous./ Sweet, warm Amador interpretation of petite sirah. Will prove fine. 16.3+.
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(WT032217-7) 14 CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA LE BOMBARDE, CANTINA SANTA MARIA LA PALMA  $14.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Nice, sweet grenache fruit./ Again. Simple and wholesome. 15.9.
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(WT032217-8) 14 CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA COSTERA, ARGIOLAS  $16.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%. Light reduction, which is not uncommon for young Argiolas rossos. Fresh./ Smooth on the palate. Wants more time to develop the third dimension: depth. 15.6+.
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(WT032217-9) 12 CARIGNANO DEL SULCIS GROTTA ROSSA, CANTINA SANTADI  $15.99
03/22/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Deep, singed, thorough./ Yes, a properly hearty, rustic carignan wine that will serve well at the dinner table. 16.3.
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(WT032917-1) 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LES GRAS MOUTONS, LA PEPIERE  $16.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Fresh, full, fragrant. What more could I want of a Muscadet?/ Yes, full of botanicals, plus juicy acid and savory extract. Positively fills the mouth. Very popular with the group. 16.9.
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(WT032917-10) 15 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR  $11.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; proprietor Thierry Lurton; 95% merlot, 5% cabernet franc. Ripest vintage of this yet. Still dark fruited but also sweet. Measured, not sloppy. Gateway to 2015 claret./ Tighter, with less padding. Still, there's a sweet cherry merlot core. Fine tannin. Balanced. Will age gracefully. 16.2+.
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(WT032917-11) 13 OLELO PASO ROBLES MERLOT  $14.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Sweet and standard Paso merlot all around./ Both ripe and green cherries. Pleasing enough. 14.8.
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(WT032917-12) 15 CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE 50TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE COLUMBIA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $15.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%; 14 months in French & American oak, 1/3 new. Sweet fruit and oak. A marker vintage for this series./ Soft and oaky. Fruit and nut and wood cremes. Tannin and alcohol not fully assimilated yet. 16.0+.
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(WT032917-14) 14 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES  $14.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. Oh, totally racy, peppery, garrigue laden. And cool in 14. Plenty ripe enough. No reduction. Sweet enough too. Goes with the flow in 2014./ Yes, sweet and ripe and viscous, with a balance of tangy acid. All. Long, spicy aftertaste and lightly tannic finale. 16.9.
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(WT032917-15) 07 CHEVALIER DU PASTEL, SAUTERNES HALF BOTTLE  $14.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; special attendee price: $8.99. Sweet, deep, open, mature, honeyed 07. Nut, pineapple, citrus. Depth, balance. Nice now./ Yes, all, plus good acid. Botrytis almond. A value. 16.9.
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(WT032917-2) 15 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES SELECTION MASSALE, DOMAINE SERVIN  $24.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; vines propagated by burying canes. Full and calcaire-laden. Rich and stony, almost grainy./ Again, massive extract. More terroir than fruit. Large scaled, full textured. 17.0+.
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(WT032917-3) 14 PAVIA CHARDONNAY CAMARA, TENUTA MAZZOLINO  $11.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. Aging gracefully. Apple and citrus./ Vinous and savory. Balanced and fine with food now. 16.3.
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(WT032917-5) 16 VINHO VERDE ROSE ARCA NOVA, QUINTA DAS ARCOS  $8.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL ROSE) 11.5%. Light fizz./ Wisp of bubble gum yet, plus lots of raspberry and strawberry perfumes./ Yes, fizz and gaiety. Nice tender core. Juicy, berry filled finish. Coming on nicely. 16.4+.
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(WT032917-6) 15 RIBEIRA SACRA MENCIA VINA DO BURATO, D. VENTURA  $16.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 12.5%. The usual mencia reduction issues./ Again. Plus the usual brett. Some carbonic maceration signs. Not my cup of tea. 14.5+.
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(WT032917-7) 15 DOGLIANI DOLCETTO SAN LUIGI, AZ. AGR. PECCHENINO  $17.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Still sharp edged, surprising for warm, sunny 2015./ More sweet fruit on the palate. More extroverted. Aeration and a few months' aging will reap benefits. Very popular with the group. 16.1++.
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(WT032917-8) 13 OLTREPO PAVESE BONARDA MAZZOLINO, TENUTA MAZZOLINO  $14.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; aka croatina. Suave and sweet cherry, orange, earth. Sweetens further with aeration. Deepens too./ Very nice openness and good ripeness here. Well textured too. Good example of this grape variety. 16.5+.
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(WT032917-9) 16 SAN PEDRO GATO NEGRO VALLE CENTRAL CARMENERE  $4.99
03/29/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (CHILE) 13%; est. 1865. Good, cool, gummy fruit. Jujubes. Clear headed, not earthy./ Well, a little moist earth on the palate. High yield, modest ripeness. Not bad for a cheap carmenere. 15.2.
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