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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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(WT051017-01) 15 VOSS YOUNTVILLE SAUVIGNON BLANC  $16.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 11.5%; est. 1986; harvested early from an organic vineyard. Unique, fresh, citric. Ideal 15 linear, tensile qualities./ Yes, citrus, no gooseberry, grass, or mango. Cool. Ideal Napa sauvignon zone. Much better than the 2014. 17.2. List price: $25.
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(WT051017-02) 15 MACON LA ROCHE VINEUSE VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA GREFFIERE  $16.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Very full, old vines material. Some oak as usual. There's plenty of Roche Vineuse foundation here to bear it./ Yes, full textures of both fruit and oak origin. Ample sweet fruit of 2015. Large. 17.0.
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(WT051017-03) 15 SANNIO FALANGHINA, FEUDI DI SAN GREGORIO  $14.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Ideal peach and sweet citrus aromas. Pungent./ Soft and plump 2015. Sufficient acidity to balance. 16.7.
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(WT051017-04) 15 TERRAZAS DE LOS ANDES RESERVA MENDOZA TORRONTES  $11.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 13.5%.. Lightly reduced still thanks to the hermetic quality of a screwcap. Otherwise, spot on, so give it plenty of aeration for full enjoyment. This displays the gewurz facet of torrontes for its rosiness./ Lots of gewurz spice and rose. Dry and tangy food wine. Full rewards for aeration here, so splash it headlong into a decanter. 16.8+. List price: $20.
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(WT051017-05) 14 MOSEL RIESLING SPICY GOAT, WEIS & HOFSTATTER  $9.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 10.5%; ‘a hot wine for hot people!'. Nik Weis of Mosel's St. Urbanshof and Martin Hofstatter of Alto Adige's J. Hofstatter crafted this cuvee. Pure and racy Weis style of riesling./ Yes, racy and off dry. Weis refuses to make Mosel riesling trockens. Proper grip and degree of development for 2014. This is a deal! 16.6. List price: $15.
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(WT051017-06) 16 CHINON RIVE GAUCHE ROSE CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU  $14.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Fully accomplished and elegant. Flair and burnish here. Lovely, subtle perfumes. Best ever vintage of this./ Again, finesse, fruit, finish, texture, flavor. Ideal. 17.2.
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(WT051017-07) 13 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CASTELLO DI ALBOLA  $12.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; at Radda, in the western hills. Plump and accomplished in 2013. Dried cherry and orange peel Tuscan sangiovese aromas. Perfect presentation./ Yes, texture and flavor profiles just right. Spot on. Some barrel aging influence too. Well priced. 16.6.
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(WT051017-09) 15 CHATEAU TOUR DE LUCHEY, BORDEAUX  $9.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; proprietor Henri Masse at Moulon. Solid. Some gaminess. Sweet red currant./ Medium bodied. Not yet displaying a full 2015 fruit profile. Either due to youth or travel shock. Give it some additional bottle age. 15.7+.
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(WT051017-10) 14 CHATEAU LARRIVAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $18.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; at Cissac. Nobility of Cissac cabernet sauvignon plus a barrel-aged complex. The most sophisticated Larrivaux vintage I've tasted. And a fabulous value in Haut Medoc claret./ Solid, linear, and fine 14 mouthfeel. The fruit is sweet, but there are dry tannins behind to resolve yet. 16.8/16.2+.
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(WT051017-11) 15 RIBERA DEL DUERO FINCA RESALSO, BODEGAS EMILIO MORO  $14.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; all tinta fino (tempranillo). Ripe, sweet, roasted raspberry. Intense./ Sweet and sassy. Always a treat. In 2015, it's especially ripe and sweet fruited but kept in balance by the right form, acid, and fine tannin. 16.5.
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(WT051017-12) 12 JIM BARRY THE LODGE HILL VINEYARD CLARE VALLEY SHIRAZ  $14.99
05/10/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRALIA) 14.5%; in the eastern ranges at 1500 ft.. Sweet, plummy, full, and maturing nicely./ Yes, plum and peel. White pepper. The lift of a high altitude shiraz. 16.3. List price: $22.
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(WT051717-02) 16 CRAGGY RANGE TE MUNA ROAD VYD MARTINBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC  $19.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (NEW ZEALAND) 13%. Wow, special. Gooseberry, tangelo, guava. Distinct from Marlborough sauvignons./ Yes, different. Clarity, citricity, etch, length. 17.2.
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(WT051717-03) 16 COTES DU RHONE ROSE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES  $12.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Hoppy still. Texture and grip and size evident./ Quiet. Premature. Has grip. 15.0++.
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(WT051717-04) 16 COTES DU RHONE ROSE LES 3 SOEURS, DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS  $12.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%. Still a bit tutti-frutti fermentation residual./ Same. No fruit flavor declaration yet. Good form, power, grip. 15.5+.
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(WT051717-05) 15 CHATEAU HAUT CLARIBES, BORDEAUX  $11.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Gensac; Silver Medals - Paris, Bordeaux. Deep and dark and young still. Reduced yet./ Tight and tart and narrow for 2015. Travel weary? The group liked it better, and orders were taken. 15.0++.
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(WT051717-06) 15 CHATEAU VIEUX MANOIR, BORDEAUX  $11.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; at Targon. Richer, blacker fruit. Full and tarry./ Tart and close. Just shipped? Orders taken for this one too. 15.9+.
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(WT051717-07) 14 THUNEVIN MAUVAIS GARCON, BORDEAUX  $22.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%. Cooked and overdone. Too oaky./ Too much. Inferior to so many 2014 clarets at this price. Much prefer the 2015 Virginie. What price ego? 15.0.
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(WT051717-08) 14 CHATEAU TOUR ST. BONNET, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC  $17.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Very nice and ripe and accomplished Medoc with barrel oak influence. Best in years. Yes, the black currant character of yore is fully evident./ Plenty of cabernet and merlot fruit, plus a gamy note. Tannin to resolve yet. 16.5/16/2+.
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(WT051717-09) 14 CHATEAU PHELAN SEGUR, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE  $44.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Bright cabernet fruit and good oak. Well crafted./ But the palate is tight and tart like many young 2014s. A reach at this price. Defer to the leading critics. 16.5+/16.0++.
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(WT051717-10) 14 CHATEAU LABAT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $19.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Saint Laurent; half each cab sauv, merlot. This continues to show with each passing vintage more of the elegance that marks the Nony-Borie family's Caronne Ste. Gemme. Cabernet speaks louder now. Much more sophisticated, soaring fruit and oak perfumes./ Full charm, third dimension, body. A little brett brings it down to earth. Nonetheless, this is a full-fledged, oak-tinged, and proud Haut Medoc cru bourgeois. More stylish, less stodgy than it used to be. 16.9+.
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(WT051717-11) 14 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $21.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Saint Laurent; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Well, even more class, refinement, subtleties. And additional new oak influence. As usual, CSG leaves me breathless./ The palate is firmer than the nose at this stage. Tannic still. Portrays fine potential. 17.1+/ 16.8+.
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(WT051717-12) 14 CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC  $47.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%. Full, romantic, and rightful cru classe Pauillac. 80% cabernet sauvignon and shows it. Good oak too. All class cabernet and oak./ Firm, forthright Pauillac stature. Even that cherished, elusive cedar note of Pauillac cabernet. The real deal. 17.8+.
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(WT051717-13) 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BESSAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX  $28.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; 54% merlot, 46% cab sauv. Some reduction to start. No Margaux charm evident at first. Then the nose clears and deepens. Now cabernet-on-gravel black currant charm is revealed./ Rich, and rather dense for Margaux. Certainly a plentiful 2014. 16.3+.
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(WT051717-14) 14 CHATEAU BROWN, PESSAC- LEOGNAN  $25.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; 55% cab sauv, 42% merlot, 3% petit verdot. Deep, deep cabernet currant and fine Graves dark earthiness. A wine of place. A hallmark take on Graves. The oak is lavish too. A super plush nose./ Yes, full, round, deep, complete. Wow! This is Grand Cru material! 17.5+.
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(WT051717-15) 14 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL  $47.99
05/17/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; 90% merlot, 10% cab franc. Fabulous new wood elegance. Great craftsmanship. Deep, subtle, potent./ Bulk, power, Pomerol padding, tannin for the future. Loaded. 17.7+.
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(WT052417-01) 16 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, BODEGAS LA CANA  $15.99
05/24/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%. Young, unfulfilled and still with some banana fermentation aroma residual./ Same. But liked by the group. I've had too many of these premature white and roses this spring to tolerate this stage. 15.5+.
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(WT052417-02) 16 FENN VALLEY FENNVILLE MUSCAT OTTONEL  $12.99
05/24/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) 11%. Deep and green and classic. Defines the varietal for its larger than life New World magnification./ Great acid verve. Green all over. Lots of green citrus. Yow! 18.0.
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(WT052417-03) (16) KARMA VISTA LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE VALVIN MUSCAT  $14.00
05/24/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) 12.5%. Milder, musky, right./ Sweet and spicy and savory. Yes. This too tells its varietal's tale.17.0.
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(WT052417-04) 16 TAVEL LES FALAISES DE BRAISE, DOMAINE MOULIN LA VIGUERIE  $16.99
05/24/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ROSE) 13.5%. Rich and round, full and fruity. Total Tavel. Measuring rod rose./ Rich, robust, sweetly fruity, thorough. Great acid, body, verve, all. My image of Tavel. And it's ready for prime time. 17.8.
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(WT052417-05) 16 TAVEL CUVEE DES LYS, CHATEAU DE MANISSY  $17.99
05/24/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ROSE) 13.5%. Full, with a darker disposition and more peels extract. Big. Will age well./ Yes, young and still lightly reductive. Plenty of material here. Give it a chance to reach adulthood. 16.8+.
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(WT052417-06) 16 TAVEL CUVEE RAPHAEL, CHATEAU LA GENESTRIERE  $18.99
05/24/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ROSE) 14%. Large and fruity. Still a little tutti-frutti for youthfulness./ Yeah, young and still in something of a shell. This has the material. 16.6+.
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(WT052417-08) (13) KARMA VISTA RESERVE LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE SYRAH  $24.00
05/24/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) 12.5%. Deeper, younger, oakier. Thorough. Complex fruit-oak aromatic range./ Plentiful fruit and oak flavors and textures. Full bodied. Bravo. 16.9.
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(WT052417-09) 14 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO TAVERNELLO, CAVIRO  $5.99
05/24/17 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12%. Sweet and giving and real. Deep. A deal./ Spicy and full. Light gaminess. Great acid. Wow, some value. 16.2.
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