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(WT050317-01) 15 COTES CATALANES COTE EST, FAMILLE LAFAGE  $9.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%; 50% grenache blanc, 30% chardonnay, 20% roussanne. Pleasing freshness. Roussanne peach. A balanced of varietal contributions and positive scent assembly./ Dry yet tender. Well balanced, texturally. Flavorful. One of the best vintages of this. Nice acid ring at the end. 16.6.
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(WT050317-02) 15 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE MALLORY & BENJAMIN TALMARD  $15.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Good body and extract etch. Full character. Grows and grows in the glass./ Yes, full. Plenty of form and filling. Great acid. Ideal, really. Wow. 16.9.
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(WT050317-03) 16 COTES DU ROUSSILLON ROSE MIRAFLORS, FAMILLE LAFAGE  $14.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12%. Still some banana fermentation residual. Also plenty of berry pastille. Cool and clear./ Wow, body, texture, presence. Acid and extract. Great, fully accomplished palate already. The nose will catch up by summer's start. 16.2+/16.7.
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(WT050317-04) 15 CHIANTI CLASSICO, PODERI CASTELLARE DI CASTELLINA  $23.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Oh, boy. Full, lavish 2015 fruit and great, spicy oak seasonings. Complex, ample, enticing./ Again, alluring. Berry-cherry, oak, anise, orange zest. Great acid. Vintage and winemaker are thoroughly sympathetic. 17.5+.
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(WT050317-05) 11 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, TOMAIOLO  $16.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; est. 1803. Oh, certainly more revealing than the compact 2010 was. Soft and open bouqueted. Super dried cherry, anise. Sweet fruit core./ Satisfying 2011 body. Caramelly oak and sweet and dried fruits. Acid and light tannin well proportioned. Well crafted riserva. 17.3+.
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(WT050317-06) 14 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE, CORTE ARMANO  $18.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Sweet, stewed cherries ripasso. Full and spicy./ Dark fruited, spicy. Positive ripasso raisined fruit qualities. Like the 2011 that served us so well. Less developed, of course. No cool-vintage diminution. This is fully blown. Wow. 17.1+.
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(WT050317-07) 13 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE CAMPOLIETI, LUIGI RIGHETTI  $16.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; est. 1909. Sweet, ripe, modern. Super and real ripasso. Soo enticing, sweet fruit./ Yes, and great acid too. A different ripasso take from the Corte Armano. Sweeter, fresher fruit. Positive ripeness and no raisin. Equally valid. Irresistible. 17.1.
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(WT050317-08) 15 PAYS D'OC COTE MAS ROUGE INTENSE, PAUL MAS LITER  $12.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; 45% grenache, 25% carignan, 15% cinsault, 10% merlot, 5% syrah. A 2015 Med joy of bright, dark fruits. Better than the 2012. Spicy, savory, come hither./ Attractive body. Fine fruit, flavor, texture, balance. 16.6.
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(WT050317-09) 15 COTES DU RHONE, CHARLES THOMAS  $14.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; 50% syrah, 40% grenache, 10% mourvedre. Firm syrah basis. Negoc narrow, sleek, two dimensional./ Yeah, lacks aroma and flavor adventure. Good acid and texture though. Maybe it will show more after additional bottle age. 15.5+.
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(WT050317-10) 15 COTES DU RHONE CHATEAU DE SEGRIES, HENRI DE LANZAC  $15.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; at Lirac. A good year for this chateau. Race, etch, and clear lines. Dark fruit. Cool, Right Bank Lirac contributes race to the ripe fruit of sunny 2015. This is fine./ Rich fruit core plus that racy aspect. Logical 2015 Lirac. Lots of animation. Best vintage here in years. 16.6+.
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(WT050317-11) 11 RIOJA, LONDONO  $8.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%; 80% tempranillo, 20% garnacha. Ruddy and turbid but sweet nose. Mature and useful. Has pride./ Yes, rich and ripe. No age issues for this taster. Wants food. 16.4.
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(WT050317-12) 15 CAMPO DE BORJA GARNACHA JOVEN, BODEGA QUO  $11.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 14%. Joven whole bunch, carbonic maceration stuff. Fresh and suave and cool./ Yes, fruity and racy. All up front; no secrets. What it is. 15.4.
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(WT050317-13) 15 CASTILLA TEMPRANILLO PASO A PASO, FINCA LAS CRUCES  $7.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%. Sweet and lightly syrupy in this ripe vintage. The alcohol shows./ Hot and superficial. Lacks depth and dimension. 2014 was better here. 15.2.
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(WT050317-14) 14 RANCHO ZABACO HERITAGE VINES DRY CREEK VALLEY ZINFANDEL  $16.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.8%. DCV zinfandel through and through: lots of power, raspberry, peppercorn, American oak. All give all the time../ Fruit sweetness controls the power. Dynamite DCV zinfandel. Sweet, sassy, dynamic, all. BBQ choice. 16.9.
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(WT050317-15) MUSCAT OF PATRAS, PATRAIKI  $11.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) 15%. Sultry, musky alexandria muscat aroma. A good one. Tawny orange./ Yes, seductive, real, sweet, right. 17.3.
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(WT050317-16) REKORDERLIG SWEDISH HARD CIDER HALF LITER  $4.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRUIT) 4.5%; A. Pear, B. Wild Berries, C. Spiced Apple. A. Pear and vanilla; entices. 16.0. B. The usual ‘mixed berries' anything blur; artificial. 14.0. C. Vanilla enhances again, and the spice is admirably light. 16.0.
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(WT050317-17) COUNTRY WINDS CREAMERY FARMSTEAD GOAT CHEESE 4 OZ  $6.99
05/03/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (DAIRY) from Zeeland MI; aged 3 weeks. Loved by the group which bought me out. More on the way.
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