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(WT041217-1) 15 SAUMUR BLANC LES POUCHES, CAVE DE SAUMUR  $11.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%; single vineyard. One of the best in the series thanks to a warm, sunny growing season. Cool northern fruit that's ripe while still crisp./ Really fruitier, riper, and more aromatic than usual. More-ish. 16.3+.
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(WT041217-10) 14 ANGELINE RESERVE PASO ROBLES MERLOT  $14.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%; est. 1990. Sweet, woody, roti Paso. Generous if predictable./ Sweet and woody, with texture and tannin. A logical and pleasing Paso merlot on the palate. 15.0/16.0+.
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(WT041217-11) 13 NOBLE VINES 337 LODI CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $12.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; 337 is a particular clone of cabernet sauvignon. Dark and sweet and convincing Clements Hills grown 337 clone cabernet. Presents good intensity of its own./ Fruit sweetness balanced by good acidity. Lots of attractive wood and fruit cremes. 16.3.
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(WT041217-12) 14 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE PIAUGIER  $16.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 75% grenache, 25% syrah. Jolly color./ Fresh, cool, blue-black 14 fruit style. Racy, peppery. Garrigue too./ Vigor, spice, race, balance. Plenty of flavor and texture appeal. Yes. Well liked by the group. 16.7.
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(WT041217-13) 15 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE  $24.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; grenache, syrah, mourvedre. Large, close, young. Traditional Tourade style. Not nearly as forthcoming as the 2014 Vacqueyras tasted last week./ More revealing on the palate. More spice, vigor, flair. Plenty of Gigondas bulk. Will be a good one. Popular with the group. 16.5+.
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(WT041217-14) 14 RAVENSWOOD OLD VINE NAPA VALLEY ZINFANDEL  $19.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 15%. Strong and dry. No Napa elegance. Well, maybe a hint of same./ Sweet and strong for Napa zinfandel. Woody. Four square. This ought to have more charm than the 2013, but it doesn't. Something's changed. The price is higher to boot. 16.2+.
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(WT041217-15) 15 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, ANDRE SCHERER  $16.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ALSACE) 13%. Highly perfumed. Scherer at his best. Rose, ginger, tonic, barbershop./ Lush for all its glycerol yet literally dry. Ideal. His best vintage yet. 17.3.
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(WT041217-2) 15 CHABLIS CHAMPS ROYAUX, WILLIAM FEVRE  $22.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Full, fresh apple, peel, calcaire. The ripeness of 15./ Whoa! All about extract, volume, body. The flavor and texture intensity of a Premier Cru. Full of material. Lasting finish. 17.3.
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(WT041217-3) 13 KNIGHTS BRIDGE WEST BLOCK KNIGHTS VALLEY CHARDONNAY  $28.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.8%. Plenty of oak but not blatant or top heavy. Certainly the size and build of 2013./ Fuller oak presence on the palate. Well built. Solid framework, sweet Knights Valley fruit core. All. 16.7.
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(WT041217-4) 16 SANTA RITA 120 VALLE CENTRAL SAUVIGNON BLANC  $7.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (CHILE) 13.5%. A little on the fat side this vintage./ Same. Gentle. Wide appeal. Appreciated by the Europhiles nonetheless. Another good value effort here. 15.9.
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(WT041217-5) 15 BOURGUEIL LIEU DIT BEAUREGARD, CAVE DE BOURGUEIL  $11.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%; from gravelly and sandy soils. Oh, boy, ultra fresh and real Bourgueil cabernet franc. Cool northern vigor and 2015 fruit ripeness work together really well./ Yes, cool, racy, tarry, zesty. 16.3+.
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(WT041217-6) 14 VAR PINOT NOIR DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE, LOUIS LATOUR  $14.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; from clay and limestone soils. Fresh, cool, upbeat pinot noir for sure. Cool vintage in Haute Provence, a zone well south of Burgundy but of greater elevation./ Zesty, spicy, sweet plum and cherry pinot fruit. Plus good acid. 16.4.
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(WT041217-7) 15 BENEVENTO AGLIANICO, LA GUARDIENSE  $9.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALYT) 12.5%. Full and real aglianico statement that recalls nebbiolo in a warmer setting than Piemonte. Rich, dark cherry and pitch. Deep and spicy./ A troubling degree of VA though. Daring. Will that resolve itself? I've seen it happen in other rossos. 16.4/14.8+?
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(WT041217-8) 15 TERRE SICILIANE NERO D'AVOLA, SOC. AGR. CUSUMANO  $12.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%. Glass stopper. Too good a seal? Severe and tight for 2015 south./ Tight, tense, vinous. No fun at all at this stage. Possibly just shipped. 14.0++
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(WT041217-9) 15 ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS CLASICO MENDOZA MALBEC  $11.99
04/12/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 13%. Firm and ungiving. A cool vintage. Other 15 Mendoza malbecs have left the same impression./ Sweet, ripe fruit and tart underripe fruit impressions. Mixed messages. Sense of high pH. Future? Boy, I hope this improves. Former vintages have been much more appealing. 13.5+?
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