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(WT080217-03) 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE CHATEAU L'OISELINIERE DE LA RAMEE, CHEREAU CARRE  $15.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Light lees scent. Not as forceful but also good./ Milder in acidity. Another pleasing 2015 Muscadet. The group preferred this to the Verdier. 16.3.
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(WT080217-04) 16 COLLI MARTANI GRECHETTO GRECANTE, ARNALDO CAPRAI  $19.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Flashy, crisp varietal display. An exacting muskiness. Musk melon and pear. Ideal./ Juicy, flavorful, hallmark. The acid, the texture, the etch. All. I tasted this a few months ago, and it wasn't ready for prime time. Now it's a star. 17.0.
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(WT080217-05) 16 SANCERRE, CHATEAU DE THAUVENAY  $18.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Attractive vim and vigor. Citrus and gooseberry./ Oh, juicy citrus taste. Full, racy texture. Gives and gives. Yes. Fine value in Sancerre. 16.9.
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(WT080217-06) 16 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, ENTRE DEUX MERS  $12.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 40% sauvignon, 20% each sauvignon gris, muscadelle, semillon. Lots of guava and passion fruit. Zingy, thrilling./ Full flavor of sauvignon blanc, plumpness of sauvignon gris and semillon, green tinctures of muscadelle. Sprawling, persistent, flavorful aftertaste. 16.7.
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(WT080217-07) 15 CHATEAU BELLEVUE, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON GRIS  $19.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%. Pretty rich and powerful at 14.5%. Lightly nutty and creamy varietal leanings./ Body and richness. Power and presence. Take it right to the table for rich fish and poultry dishes. 16.3.
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(WT080217-08) 16 BEAUJOLAIS ROSE D' FOLIE, JEAN-PAUL BRUN  $14.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%. Lithe, fresh, quaffable. As designed./ Gentle acid. Smooth. I'd like a little more vigor. Undeniably gulpable though. 16.0.
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(WT080217-09) 15 CROZES HERMITAGE, DOMAINE BREYTON  $24.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Cool fruit leanings, and light reduction. The mildness of an organic wine./ Fine extract and tannin on the palate, if not much depth and Rhone Septentrionale syrah character. 16.2+.
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(WT080217-10) 15 RIOJA GARNACHA, VINEDOS LA MALDITA  $10.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%. Straight on black Rioja grenache. A bit obdurate./ Two dimensional and standard, if wholesome. 15.5.
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(WT080217-11) 15 RIBERA DEL DUERO, BODEGAS BARCO DE PIEDRA  $14.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; estate bottled; vyds at 2400'-3200'. Young. Not as cool and racy-spicy as the 2012 and 2014. Warmth of a ripe year./ Yeah, ripe and full, warm and robust. Vein of caramelly oak extending through the finish. I think this will earn more vitality if given a few more weeks/months in bottle. May have just been shipped. 16.2+.
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(WT080217-12) 12 MADIRAN L'ORIGINEL, DOMAINE DU CRAMPILH  $17.99
08/02/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; all tannat. Tannat toughness, grip, material. Licorice lacings. 2012 precision./ Yes, meaty, gamy, fully extracted. A sleeper, well priced, well prepared for cellaring. Balanced and thorough. 16.9+.
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(WT080917-02) 15 VINHO VERDE LOUREIRO DOCIL, DIRK NIEPOORT  $18.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 11%. Good body and varietal clarity. Rich in fruit./ Full, textured, clear, and expressive of loureiro. 16.2.
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(WT080917-03) 15 ALTO ADIGE PINOT BIANCO PLOTZNER, KELLEREI ST. PAULS  $19.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; est. 1907. Lots of clearly stated varietal character./ Smoothness of 15. Palate back up initial impressions.. Good through and through. 16.2.
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(WT080917-04) 14 PFALZ PINOT BLANC DRY, FRIEDRICH BECKER  $19.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 13%. Dry and full of 14 extract. Fine nasal texture./ Rich, rich flavor profile. Really juicy and full of character. 16.9.
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(WT080917-05) 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET  $19.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Clear and northern, unwooded chardonnay. Rich and penetrating. Building bulk as it airs./ Rich and full textured.. Really delivers the mouthfeel. Masterful. 17.0.
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(WT080917-06) 13 CHABLIS LE CLASSIQUE, PASCAL BOUCHARD  $16.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; 5-generation family firm. A flattering nutty-grainy patina either from barrel or bottle age./ Yes, it works here. Is it barrel or bottle bouquet? Good value. 16.1.
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(WT080917-07) 16 THE ROYAL VALLEY VINEYARDS OLD VINES WESTERN CAPE CHENIN BLANC  $11.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SOUTH AFRICA) 13%; aka steen. Banana fermentation residual still. Musk melon varietal character. Plenty fresh./ Again, still showing some fermentation signs yet at 18 months' age. That's unusual. 15.8+.
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(WT080917-09) 15 PFALZ RIESLING BONE DRY, REICHSRAT VON BUHL  $15.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 12.5%. A rich Pfalz riesling, replete with nuts, grains, and yellow fruits. Lots of dry extract. Full, full, full./ Extract, power, substance, texture, succulence, balance. All. 17.0.
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(WT080917-10) 16 COTEAUX VAROIS EN PROVENCE DIAMARINE, LE CERCLE DES VIGNERONS DE SAINT LOUIS  $11.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Light banana still. A clear fruit statement./ Same. Pre-mature yet. Like so many over the last few months. 15.0+.
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(WT080917-11) 16 CARMIGNANO ROSATO VIN RUSPO BARCO REALE, FATTORIA AMBRA  $12.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE) 13.5%; sangiovese, canaiolo, cab sauv. Full red orange color./ Yes, red wine-like peels extracts. This delivers full body and aroma. It just dazzles./ Rich, full, bold. Great acid. Emulates a lighter bodied red wine such as Bardolino or Beaujolais. 16.7.
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(WT080917-14) 10 BIERZO MENCIA TILENUS, BODEGAS ESTEFANCA  $18.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; aged 8 months in oak. Great oak and barrel and bottle bouquet development. Still years to grow from this durable vintage. No longer any mencia reduction of course./ Yes, time earned suavity, yet it still has a solid core of potential, and fine tannin. One big Bierzo. 17.0+.
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(WT080917-15) 16 DABLON ESTATE VERJUS  $2.19
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRUIT) 0%; pressed juice of unripened wine grapes. Pleasingly fresh, fruity, floral nose./ Totally tart. Suggestion of dried herbs. Thyme especially. Distinct salad applications. A fine product.
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(WT080917-16) PATRAS MAVRODAPHNE, CAVINO  $7.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) 15%. A relatively undernourished mavrodaphne./ Pleasant but light weight and simple. However, the price is very favorable. 15.9.
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(WT080917-17) BODEGAS OLIVEROS CRIANZA ROJO VERMOUTH  $14.99
08/09/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (APERITIF) 15%; aged 2 years in oak; essence of 30 botanicals. Barrel age, oak, tonic, and herbs aplenty./ Very much full of bitter herbs and tonic/quinine. Plus the barrel-aged wine basis. Sweet, strong, balanced. A little of this will go a long way in a cocktail. 16.6.
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(WT081617-01) 16 VINHO VERDE, CICONIA  $7.99
08/16/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 11%. A nice and spritzy, fresh, summer-time Vinho Verde as usual./ The spritz is surely refreshing. Low key aromatics. Popular with the group. 15.9.
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(WT081617-02) 16 VINHO VERDE, LAS LILAS  $9.99
08/16/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 11%. This has flair, aromatics, top grape varieties. Yes, in tune with this series, and worth the higher price./ Indeed, flavorful, and fizzy as well. More abundant fruit taste. 16.4.
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(WT081617-03) 16 ANJOU BLANC DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE, THIBAUT HENRION  $11.99
08/16/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Fresh, new, young. Apple and melon. Good, crisp relief. Sweetens with air. Lime chimes in./ Sweet as a nut. Truly dry, with a nice, tender core. Ideal poise; will continue to fill out as the weeks pass. 16.4+.
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(WT081617-04) 16 PFALZ PINOT GRIS VILLA WOLF, ERNST LOOSEN  $14.99
08/16/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 12.5%. Young and fresh. The appley face of pinot gris in youth. Spot on poise./ Sweet core. Medium acid on entry that builds toward the back. Will gain more textural interest and balance over the coming weeks. 16.3+.
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(WT081617-05) 16 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO, KRIS  $11.99
08/16/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. Good, clear, crisp cool climate varietal qualities. Lots of race, and depth too./ Round and accomplished at this stage. Rich stuff. 16.4.
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(WT081617-07) 16 COTES CATALANES ROSE PENYA, VIGNERONS DE CASES DE PENE  $11.99
08/16/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%. Rich and full fruit. Just a trace of mercaptans hinders./ Very, very dry. An unusual gooseberry note. 16.0+.
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(WT081617-08) 16 SICILIA NERO D'AVOLA VILLA POZZI, CANTINE EUROPA  $11.99
08/16/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Deep, black, sweet, vigorous. The warmth of the south../ After the nose, surprisingly dry and tart and lean. Average. 15.6.
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(WT081617-11) 15 ST. JULIAN BRAGANINI RESERVE LATE HARVEST SUCCULENT SEVEN VINEYARD LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE VIGNOLES  $19.99
08/16/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) 11%; 70 gl residual sugar. Rich, deep, honey and lemon. Ripe peach comes on. Complete late harvest vignoles./ Succulent and sweet, with great acid foil. Wow. Total. 17.8.
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(WT081617-12) 12 RHEINHESSEN BEERENAUSLESE MESSIDOR, GUNDERLOCH HALF BOTTLE  $24.99
08/16/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 8%. Maturing nicely. Seems based on the pinot family. Nutty and really honeyed../ Splendid, sprawling flavor array. Honey, stone and citrus fruits. Beerenauslese concentration for sure. 17.6+.
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(WT082317-01) 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE, MONT GRAVET  $8.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11.5%; all colombard; Melvin Master selection. Crisp, green, and as emphatically varietal as ever./ Sings and rings with green citrus. Great acid. Long on texture and follow through. Best vintage ever? 16.7.
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(WT082317-02) 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES  $9.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; 50% colombard, 25% each ugni blanc, gros manseng; Peter Weygandt selection. More stone fruit. More complex range of varietal expressions. Both green and yellow fruits. Gros manseng presence./ Acid modulated by gros manseng glycerol, roundness. 3D and complex. Another best ever? 16.7.
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(WT082317-03) 15 SICILIA FIANO COSTA DUNE, CANTINE SETTESOLI  $11.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. This is fresh, crisp, and honeyed. Lithe, sandy-soil wine with a delicate etch./ Yes, both fiano honeyed smoothness and good acid etch. An ideal fiano from sandy soil. 16.3.
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(WT082317-04) 16 MCMANIS FAMILY VINEYARDS RIVER JUNCTION VIOGNIER  $11.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Very zesty citrus peel and citrus blossom. Soars. Very penetrating. More roundness to come./ It's already there on the palate. Suave with viognier glycerol that's foiled by viognier astringency. They nailed it again. Another 'best yet'? 16.8.
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(WT082317-05) 16 CORBIERES GRIS DE GRIS, DOMAINE DE FONTSAINTE  $14.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%; Kermit Lynch selection. More of a white than a rose nose. True Gris de Gris./ Flavor still masked by fermentation leftovers: hints of H2S and hops. 15.3+
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(WT082317-06) 16 COTES DU RHONE ROSE, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE  $11.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%. H2S and mercaptans./ Closed down by sulphur. Wait it out. 14.0++.
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(WT082317-07) 15 APALTAGUA ESTATE GRAN RESERVA ENVERO APALTA VINEYARD COLCHAGUA VALLEY CARMENERE  $15.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (CHILE) 14%; 60 year old vines; 10% cabernet sauvignon. Clear, elegant oak and carmenere berry-plum confit. Sweet and spicy, penetrating aromas. Great oak embellishments./ Balanced, fresh, upscale, delicious presentation of carmenere. Fine tannins. 16.9.
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(WT082317-08) 15 ROMAGNA SANGIOVESE TAVERNELLO, CAVIRO  $5.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12%. Lovely, lithe Romagna take on sangiovese in 2015. As good as it gets. Sweet fruited and carrying just the right weight./ Yes, 2015 fruit cremes with Romagna levity. Ripe fruit, not dried. 16.4.
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(WT082317-09) 16 VALPOLICELLA, ALLEGRINI  $15.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Nice and sweet, with the rightful medium weight of a Valpol. Better than the previous two editions, good as they were. Zesty corvina dominance./ Sweet and lovely. Again, appropriately middle-weight. Perfect balance, poise, comfort, ease. Yes! 16.8.
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(WT082317-10) 15 EASTERN ANATOLIA OKUZGOZU-BOGAZKERE YAKUT, KAVAKLIDERE  $12.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (TURKEY) 13.5%. Sweet and gentle. Milder than usual. You could serve it cool./ Good, racy texture and acid There's fine tannin, so you mustn't chill it after all. There have been better vintages of this, wines that reminded me of Grand Cru Beaujolais. 15.8.
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(WT082317-11) 15 SALENTO PRIMITIVO SASSEO, MASSERIA ALTEMURA  $12.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14.5%. Super sweet, powerful, and concentrated in 2015. In tune with the series, and amped up this warm vintage. Toasty oak extras./ Yes, large, strong, and concentrated, but not so sweet on the palate. Has tannin. Needs food. And would appreciate additional bottle age. 16.5+.
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(WT082317-12) 15 OZV OLD VINE LODI ZINFANDEL  $12.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.95%. Likely Mega Purple enhanced. That and Lodi syrupy. A simple wine./ Very sweet; literally sweet. Adjusted. Light wood. There will be fans. 15.4.
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(WT082317-13) 14 CAROL SHELTON WILD THING OLD VINE MENDOCINO ZINFANDEL  $19.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. Oh, yes, Mendocino black, 14 crisp. Wine of place, vintage. Fine oak too./ Palate is even better. Sweet-acid-tannin balance. Broad display of lovely, intense black raspberry and peppercorn flavors. Super palate already. The nose will fill out further over the coming months. 17.3+.
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(WT082317-14) 13 PFALZ GEWURZTRAMINER SPATLESE, FITZ-RITTER  $18.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 9.5%; Derek Vinnicombe selection. Light SO2. Sweet and intense gewurz rose, ginger, orange zest, glycerol./ Gewurztraminer's relative mild acid, coated with spatlese sweetness. Still filling out. This will bulk up over the coming months. They always do. 16.5+.
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(WT082317-15) 16 MOSCATO D'ASTI CASCINETTA, VIETTI  $15.99
08/23/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 5%. Racy, crisp, light hearted, medium intense./ Sweet, racy. Nice and gentle on the approach. 16.3.
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(WT083017-01) 15 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA QUILLA  $12.99
08/30/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Dry and austere. Tight and young./ Same. Good with food for sure. More aromatic and textural pleasures to come. 16.0++.
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(WT083017-02) 16 VENETO PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA COLLI EUGANEI  $8.99
08/30/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. Deep and full of green fruits. Best vintage of this yet. Thoroughly three dimensional./ Juicy grteen apple and lime. Nicely balanced and accessible. Come hither. One glass invites another. 16.3.
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(WT083017-03) 16 CHATEAU L'ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC  $12.99
08/30/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; 80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon. Deep and rich semillon with a racy sauvignon edge. Spot on interchange of the two./ Yes, rich sauvignon tropical fruits–guava and citrus–with semillon plush basis. Racy overall. A winner once again. 16.7.
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