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(WT010219-01) 17 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES BLANC  $16.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAIX) 12%. At Portets; proprietor Arnaud de Butler; 80% semillon, 20% sauvignon blanc. Graves rich and full, 2017 racy and inviting. Complex aromatic spectrum suggesting that semillon, given the spotlight, can really strut its stuff./ Great zest and vitality. Tangy, juicy. Again, insights into semillon, flairs of sauvignon exuberance. Yow. 16.9.
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(WT010219-02) 17 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO, CANINA COLLI EUGANEI  $8.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. Rich and penetrating green-fruit goodness of pinot grigio. Full fruit vigor of 2017./ Full, rich, and long for this wine compared to vintages past. It's that 2017 fruit fulfillment. Overachiever. 16.5.
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(WT010219-03) 17 PFALZ PINOT GRIS VILLA WOLF, ERNST LOOSEN  $14.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 12.5%. A different take on pinot gris. Plumper fruit; racy nonetheless./ Really fruity compared to the Venezie. Softer, easier. Well fashioned. 16.7.
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(WT010219-04) 17 ELK COVE ESTATE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS  $18.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13%. Reflects its greater power and punch. Great sense of presence plus the usual class of this cuvee. Dials the volume up to salmon-mate level./ Yes, big, broad, sweet fruit flavor. Plenty of texture. Fills the mouth, spreads all over the place. Confirms my perennial affection for this. 17.4.
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(WT010219-05) 17 LEON ALBARIN BLANCO PARDEVALLES, RAFAEL ALONSO  $15.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13%. Wow, tropical airs, including mango, passion fruit. Deep, cool, reductive bulb flower aura. Unique and definitive./ Flavors confirm aromas. Special stuff. Add the textural aspects for a great adventure in mouthfeel. 17.1.
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(WT010219-06) 17 RIBEIRO TREIXADURA THE FLOWER AND THE BEE, COTO DE GOMARIZ  $17.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%. Highly scented like albarino. Larger presence, greater weight than the albarin blanco. Nostril filling. This talks loud./ Yes, full textured. Attractive bitter tang comes with the territory. Youthful yet. Its aromatic and textural pleasures will increase over the coming weeks. 16.7+.
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(WT010219-07) 17 CHIANTI POGGIO VINOSO, AZ. AGR. PUGLIANO  $14.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 85% sangiovese, 10% canaiolo, 5% malvasia. The minority, sweet malvasia always has plenty to say in this cuvee. Overall, this is not nearly as ripe as most vintages though. A bad sign for 2017 Tuscan rossos?/ Yeah, this is pretty lean and green by comparison with other years. Very tart. Bit of a wash. 13.8+?
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(WT010219-08) 17 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, AZ. AGR. LUIGI PIRA  $16.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14.5%. What a big, bad dolcetto, if there can be such a thing. Sports great power, presence, fruit sweetness. In its vernacular, huge./ Yes, it's really large scaled; the alcohol content tips that off. This is not one of those quaffer dolcettos to serve cool. Neither is it one of those barrel aged, tannic, keeper dolcettos that do little for me. Wow, right down my alley. 16.7+.
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(WT010219-09) 17 PENLEY ESTATE COONAWARRA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $19.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRALIA) 14%. Not very ripe or Coonawarra specific. Talk of green pepper./ Yeah, a weak year for this. Absence of ripe fruit and regionality. Very sad to see after the 2016 was Wine Spectator Top 100. 14.5+?
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(WT010219-10) 16 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE PIAUGIER  $16.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. 75% grenache, 25% syrah. Oh, boy, sizzle and spread. Excitement. Stimulating, sweet, spicy, intense. Wow. This is special./ Yes, lovely, ripe, savory, rangy, sweet, and complete. Entirely satisfactory successor to the 2014 and 2015. 17.1+.
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(WT010219-11) 16 VALRAVN OLD VINE SONOMA ZINFANDEL  $17.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.8%; vines up to 120 years old. Very ripe and powerful. Sweet fruit. Said to be mostly from Sonoma Valley. Has precedence. Raspberry, seed, peppercorn, briar./ Yes, all over again. Sweet and persistent. The aftertaste is long and appreciated. 17.1.
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(WT010219-12) 15 CHIANTI RUFINA RISERVA, RENZO MASI  $14.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Oh, finally back to a rich, ripe vintage. 2014, and 2013, to an extent, were a little slighter. Full, oaky, spicy. Long in barrel riserva warmth, savor, complexity. Yes./ Oh, yes, sweet, silky, savory. Plenty of material and oomph here. Wow. 17.1.
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(WT010219-13) 15 PRIORAT ONA, CELLER CECILIO  $18.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; 40% garnatxa, 40% syrah, 20% carinyena. Awesome complexity and amplification that is Priorat. Grenache sweet, syrah dark, carignan rustic. Barrel extracts spiciness, barrel time breadth, full force of Priorat./ Yes, full, strong, sweet, and spicy. Back to the beginning: complex and amplified. Circle completed. 17.7+.
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(WT010219-14) 17 KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG RIESLING SPATLESE, ST. ANTONIUS  $8.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 8.5%. Lovely extract and acid etches the nostrils. The aroma set is classic Kreuznacher riesling. Deep and sweet. Big time success in 2017 for this cuvee./ Full flavored. Forward and abundant. Balance of sweetness and acidity. Best vintage of this in memory. 17.1.
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(WT010219-15) 17 WYNCROFT MARLAND LATE HARVEST LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE RIESLING  $19.99
01/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) RS 2.5%. Much different from the Kreuznacher Spatlese. Subtly spicy. Deep, dark, and suggestive of red fruits as well as white. Some say 'earthy'. I can see that. And it's positive./ Plenty of extract and acid edge to balance the sweetness. Full, swelling, and long. All in all, a unique and pleasing take on riesling.16.8+.
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