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(WT090518-01) 17 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE DOMAINE DE LA GRENAUDIERE, OLLIVIER PERE  $10.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Bright, mossy, large, right./ Delicious acid savor and classic tender center. Hallmark. Bargain priced. 16.6.
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(WT090518-02) 17 BLUSTONE LEELANAU PENINSULA PINOT BLANC  $23.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) 12.5%; winery only. Bright, brisk, and full classic full of 2017 expression already. Generous./ Full of flavor, body. Some stone fruit even. Another super NW MI pinot blanc. 16.9.
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(WT090518-03) 16 COTES DU ROUSSILLON BLANC CUVEE CENTENAIRE, DOMAINE LAFAGE  $14.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; grenache blanc, grenache gris, roussanne; 100 yr old vines; 30% aged 4 months in new barrels. A tad rusty and orange rind evolved already./ Again. Go to 2017. 15.7-.
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(WT090518-04) 16 CAROL SHELTON WILD THING SONOMA CHARDONNAY  $18.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Sweet nose. Mellow malo, with bright acid too. Well crafted./ Yes, round malo, light oak treacle, and acid to make it meal-worthy. Well crafted. 16.5.
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(WT090518-05) 15 ROERO ARNEIS, ARBETA  $9.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. OK still, with sweet, lemony fruit. Yes, like last week's Gavi, it still has brightness./ Well, a bit rusty on the palate. 16.0/15.1-.
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(WT090518-06) 14 ROERO ARNEIS, ARBETA  $8.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Plenty of vital signs, though it is rustier than the 15./ Clear 14 acid, form. Actually younger in structure. 15.9.
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(WT090518-07) 17 ROVE ESTATE RAGAIRE LEELANAU PENINSULA ROSE  $21.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) 12%; 60% cab franc, 40% merlot; winery only. Sweet enough, but has the claret varieties structure I don't prefer./ Again, too much tannin and too little flavor. 15.3.
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(WT090518-08) 17 PELEE ISLAND WINERY ONTARIO CABERNET FRANC  $9.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (CANADA) 12.5%. Oh, sweet and crisp both, and full of spontaneity and spunk. Ideal cool climate cabernet franc red raspberry aroma./ Yes, both sweet and tart, and full of fruit. Great price. 16.9.
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(WT090518-09) 17 ZORZAL TERROIR UNICO TUPUNGATO VALLEY MALBEC  $14.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 13%. Oh, full, bright, young, upbeat black cherry malbec nose. Sweet fruit./ Great acid and form. Some tannin yet. Fine future. 16.6+.
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(WT090518-10) 16 ROOT 1 MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $10.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (CHILE) 13%; from ungrafted vines. Rich, bright, sweet, black and convincing Maipo cabernet sauvignon with aromas of blackberry and dusty black currant. Fine showing for this steady bargain./ Yes, clear and juicy black currant Maipo and varietal character, with an alluring creme coating. 16.7+,
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(WT090518-11) 15 CHATEAU DE BON AMI, BORDEAUX  $9.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; Famille Regaud at Le Puy. Good 15 richness. Berry and cherry. This works./ Great acid and tannin textures. Both flavor and texture working hard to please the palate. 16.2.
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(WT090518-12) 15 CHATEAU PEYROLAN, COTES DE BOURG  $11.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; Gold Medal - Macon. Very bright fruit, and seemingly some oak. Bourg size and give. Complex./ Yes, some oak tannin and taste, with full fruit presence. All around fine flavor and texture. 16.5.
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(WT090518-13) 15 CHATEAU LE TEMPLE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC  $18.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; Denis Bergey at Valeyrac; mostly cab sauv, with merlot, petit verdot; 12 months in barrels. More significant, with cabernet sauvignon presence and definite oak. Big time qualities./ A little hesitant on the palate for now. Good oak. This will fill up and out with bottle age. 16.8+.
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(WT090518-14) 15 LES TOURS DE CHATEAU BEAUMONT, HAUT MEDOC  $14.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; at Cussac; second wine; 60% cab sauv, 40%. Wow, lots of cabernet sauvignon black currant and a surprising measure of oak in a cru bourgeois second wine./ Fruit surge and fruit depth. Awesome value. 16.9+
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(WT090518-15) 15 JOHANNISBERGER ERNTEBRINGER RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT KRAYER  $12.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 10%; est. 1866. Some advanced terpene evidence./ Again. On the small side. 15.8.
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(WT090518-16) 17 THIRSTY OWL FINGER LAKES DIAMOND  $8.99
09/05/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. NEW YORK) 11.5%; Double Gold Medal - Tasters Guild; legend on back label; not in MI distribution. Yes, the ultimate diamond character. Intense and unique./ Yes, acid etch, extract, character, all. 16.8.
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(WT091218-01) 17 ALTO ADIGE PINOT BIANCO TRADITION, CANTINA TERLAN  $18.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Full of personality, thrust, richness. Apple and quince./ Just as forthcoming on the palate. Ample, dry, vinous, meal-worthy. 16.9.
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(WT091218-02) 17 CAMPANIA FIANO, LA CAPRANERA  $14.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Pure, hallmark, young. With aeration, gathering peach, apricot, honey, and flowers./ Tender on the palate. The acid is enveloped with youthful fruit richness. This will all come into harmony after a few more weeks in bottle. 16.6/16.2+.
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(WT091218-03) 17 VENTOUX ROSE CUVEE DES 3 MESSES BASSES, VIGNERONS DU MONT VENTOUX  $11.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE) 13.5%; 60% grenache, 20% each cinsault, carignan; $29.99 3 liter bag in box. Fulfillment achieved. Months back, it was asking for more bottle age. Nose enveloped with aromas of berries and flowers./ Less expressive on the palate, it may reward even more bottle age. Some astringency to shed too. 16.3/15.8+.
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(WT091218-04) 16 CHATEAU DU PIN, BORDEAUX  $8.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; at Saint Martial (Entre deux Mers). Sweet and fulfilled already. As rich as a 2015, with 2016 silky texture. Ideal./ Dry, and still a little tart, but well managed, well textured, and well composed overall. Good stuff. Will appreciate a few more months in bottle. 16.2+.
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(WT091218-05) 16 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU DUC, BORDEAUX  $9.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; next to Lussac Saint Emilion; 80% merlot, 10% each cab sauv, cab franc. Sweet and spicy, smoky, almost jammy. Surely ripe and empyreumatic. And ideal also./ Yes, texture, spice, fruit vigor. Ripe and large. 16.4+.
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(WT091218-06) 15 CHATEAU BLOUIN, BORDEAUX  $11.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; at Arveyres (Graves de Vayres); 80% merlot, 20% cab franc. Ripe, black, and smoky. Suggests creosote. Intense./ Less rich but just as black fruited. Needs bottle age to develop more depth and roundness. 16.3/15.9+.
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(WT091218-07) 15 CHATEAU LA HASE, BORDEAUX  $12.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; at St. Michel de Fronsac; 60% merlot, 20% cab sauv, 20% cab franc. Deep and smoky. Seems barrel aged./ Large. Dry and astute. Full and cellar-worthy. 16.5+.
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(WT091218-08) 15 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE SARAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR  $11.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; at Saint du Bois (Entre deux Mers); 75% cab sauv, 25% merlot; Gold Medal - CIV. Excellent. Ambitious. Shows cabernet sauvignon and oak./ Cabernet tight and tannic. Again, the barrel element. Will certainly reward cellaring. 16.6+.
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(WT091218-09) 15 RESERVE DU CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR  $15.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; at Lugon, west of Fronsac; second wine; 90% merlot; 10% cab franc. Yes, barrel aged like the Grand Vin. Intense, dark, and sweet 2015 fruit soaks up the oak nicely. Really thrives on its barrel influences./ Full, sweet fruited, oaky, balanced. A keeper. 16.7+
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(WT091218-10) 15 CHATEAU MONT PERAT, BORDEAUX  $19.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; at Capian (1eres Cotes de Bordeaux); 80% merlot, 10% cab sauv, 10% cab franc. Seriously barrel aged. Very large./ Large, sweet, ambitious, suave and harmonious. Has it all. Really well crafted. Surely worth the premium. 16.9+.
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(WT091218-11) 14 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, BORDEAUX  $11.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; at La Sauve (Entre deux Mers); 80% merlot, 20% cab sauv. More mature than the 15s and 16s. Smoky; seems to show barrel influence. Wow, quite a value./ Berries, and smoky, barrel like notions. Intense. What a pleasant surprise and deal. 16.6.
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(WT091218-12) 14 BROADSIDE PRINTERS ALLEY PASO ROBLES RED  $14.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14%; 60% merlot, 35% cab sauv, 5% petit verdot. Rich and rightfully sweet fruited Paso red. Oak framing contains it nicely. This works./ Yes, sweet, spicy, oaky, and Paso lavish. Kudos to the winemaker. 16.7.
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(WT091218-13) 13 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, CASTELLO DI GABBIANO  $24.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Oaky, long in barrel suave, and spot on for a five year old riserva./ All over again. Rich and right. 16.8.
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(WT091218-14) 14 WEHLENER SONNENUHR RIESLING SPATLESE, DR. PAULY BERGWEILER  $34.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 9%. Spatlese sweet nose, 2014 well extracted, Wehlener floral. This is rich and right./ A fine balance of sweetness, acidity, and extract. Sweetness still a little to the fore. A champion with cellar potential. 17.3+.
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(WT091218-15) ST. JULIAN ON THE TOWN LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE SWEET WHITE  $7.99
09/12/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) 10%; traminette, riesling, vidal; Double Gold Medal - 2018 Michigan Wine Competition. Sweet and spicy. Talks all three of the varietals./ Yes, sweet and traminette spicy. Riesling peach, vidal pear. My compliments to the winemaker. 16.6.
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(WT091918-01) 17 LUGANA, SOC. AGR. OTTELLA  $14.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. 2017 fresh and crisp. Some sulphur to shed still./ Oh, sweet citrus and nectarine. 2017 Euro white come hither quality. Aerate it good, and the nose will be as fulfilling as the palate. 16.7+.
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(WT091918-02) 17 COTES CATALANES BLANC COTE EST, FAMILLE LAFAGE  $7.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%; 50% grenache blanc, 30% chardonnay, 20% roussanne. Finallly a fresh enough batch thanks to this new vintage release. Soft southern chardonnay core./ Soft and early maturing. 16.3.
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(WT091918-03) 17 VOUVRAY CUVEE DE SILEX DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES, BERNARD FOUQUET  $18.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Fresh and crisp. Low key yet./ Sec tendre. Mild or coated acidity. Needs time to bulk up. 16.3+.
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(WT091918-04) 17 STOLPMAN ESTATE BALLARD CANYON GRENACHE ROSE  $16.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE) 12%; on limestone. Yes, grenache strawberry meets calcaire. Spot on. Euro. Wow!/ California roundness, softness, and flavor amplitude. Take it to the table. 16.7.
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(WT091918-05) 16 BODEGA NORTON 1895 COLECCION MENDOZA MERLOT  $9.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 13%. New, bright, primary. Juicy fruit./ Sweet and easy drinkin'. 16.0.
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(WT091918-06) 16 SEAN MINOR 4B CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIR  $14.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Sweet and standard./ Same. Dull. Sweetish. Passable. 15.2.
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(WT091918-07) 14 THE CROSSINGS AWATERE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $24.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (NEW ZEALAND) 14%. Cooler and more elegant. Cool vintage forward and flowing./ Good, juicy acid and suave texture. Food wine. 16.4.
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(WT091918-08) 17 ZOLO ESTATE LUJAN DE CUYO MALBEC  $12.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 14%. Sweet, strong, buxom. Rich, spicy, concentrated./ Strong and inelegant on a hot day. Sulphur at finale. 16.2.
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(WT091918-09) 16 DE WET EXCELSIOR ROBERTSON CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $8.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SOUTH AFRICA) 14%. Bright, warm, new. Berry and light oak./ Rich and right and well priced. Bit hot on the finish because the weather's so warm today that the samples are no longer at ideal service temperature. 16.1.
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(WT091918-10) 15 THE GATEKEEPER SOUTH AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ  $12.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRALIA) 14%; unfiltered. Buxom, ample, friendly. Sweet, abundant, spicy-oaky./ Rich and full McLaren style of fruit plus the oak seasonings. Gives and gives. 16.7.
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(WT091918-11) 11 RIOJA RESERVA, MARQUES DE VARGAS  $24.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; 85% tempranillo, 10% mazuelo, 5% garnacha. Husky, mature, strong, sweet Baja Rioja./ Same. 16.2.
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(WT091918-12) ST. JULIAN LATE NIGHTS LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE SWEET RED  $7.99
09/19/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) 10%; Silver Medal - 2018 Michigan Wine Competition. Vinifera or hybrid basis. No fox./ Sweet savor. Not much fruit. Light labrusca on finish. 15.7.
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(WT092618-01) 17 CHABLIS, JEAN-PAUL & BENOIT DROIN  $22.99
09/26/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Oh, boy, full and impressive aroma and texture. Apple, quince, and calcaire in spades. Wow, big time Chablis nose!/ Well, this is just all over the place with 2017 expressiveness. The flavors and textures surge forth, spread out over the palate. Rich, textured. Both awesome and alluring. 17.4.
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(WT092618-02) 17 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MANDARD  $14.99
09/26/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. Very, very pretty aromas of tangerine and nectarine. Dainty and delightful./ Good green fruit sauvignon flavors: lime and green melon. Crisp acidity. 16.7.
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(WT092618-03) 17 PIEMONTE ROSATO LAVIGNONE, SOC. AGR. PICO MACCARIO  $17.99
09/26/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; barbera. Full and berry-cherry scented. Fruit gummies clarity and intensity./ Full red berry-cherry flavors. Body and texture and acid for food. 16.6.
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(WT092618-04) 15 CHATEAU DE LAGORCE, BORDEAUX  $11.99
09/26/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; 'Selection de nos meilleurs cepages'; Benjamin Mazeau at Targon. Gorgeous red violet color./ Deep, earthy, fruity, solid, generous./ Medium bodied for now. Give it time to fill out. 16.4/16.2+.
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(WT092618-05) 15 CHATEAU LA COUDRAIE, BORDEAUX  $9.99
09/26/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; Vignobles Jolivet at Soussac. Higher alcohol leads to more body. Rich, ripe, and deep 15 fruit./ Yes, riper and richer all around. A deal in 15 claret. 16.5+.
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(WT092618-06) 16 CHATEAU JOUANIN, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX  $14.99
09/26/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%. As when previously tasted, very ripe. But not as exaggerated as the 2015. It fills the bill this vintage./ Powerful and ripe. Big time tannins too. These temper the ripeness. Can't fault its ambitions. 16.6+.
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(WT092618-07) 15 CHATEAU PEYRABON, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $19.99
09/26/18 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Saint Sauveur. More cabernet sauvignon showing in this Left Bank wine. Saint Sauveur restraint. Oak and cabernet berry-currant. Good./ Still a bit of a recluse. Not one of your heart on sleeve, come hither 2015s. Wants cellar time. 16.4/16.0+.
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