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(WT020321-01) 19 LUGANA, CA' MAIOL  $16.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; trebbiano di lugana; limestone soil, clay subsoil. The fruit is intense. Seems a pretty bulky Lugana. The clay talks./ On the palate, even more fruit clarity and volume. The fruit and terroir material is there. The more this breathes, the more impressive it becomes. 16.6+.
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(WT020321-02) 19 SANCERRE CUVEE SAINT CERE, CHAVET  $23.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 14.5%. An especially 'grassy' take.. Underlying minerality. Lovely nose, very Sancerre../ High alcohol gives a 'sweet' impression. Unique. Deserves mid term aging for thorough fulfillment. 16.2+.
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(WT020321-03) 18 LIOCO SONOMA CHARDONNAY  $21.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%; mainly from Russian River Valley; fermented on lees for 8 months without stirring; complete, natural malolactic. Clear, fresh fruit for the most part. More about lees than oak, for sure./ Round with malo, and cut through with good acidity. It's not one of those 'buttery' malo takes. Versatile at the table. 16.4.
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(WT020321-04) 19 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, CANTINA DEL PINO  $16.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; 35-70 year old vines; unfiltered. Varietal accuracy, 19 freshness, levity of both. Black cherry, eau de vie. Super lovely fruit/ Old vines intensity. Quite a bit of tannic grip upon opening. Not bigger than its boots, thank goodness. The curtains of tannin seemed to part after aeration, and the group agreed this would be lovely to drink now. 16.5.
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(WT020321-05) 18 WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS FOUNDERS' RESERVE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $23.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14%; Dijon, Pommard, Wadenswil clones; 9 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. A consistent winner of late, it features deep fruit verging on purple--unusual for pinot. And oak augmentation without dominance. Complex, sophisticated./ Well married fruit and oak presentation. Both oak and fruit tannins. Good acid. Lays right; nothing askew. Though it will be suaver after another year or two in the cellar. Well priced. 17.0+.
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(WT020321-06) 18 CHATEAU BEAUMONT, CRU BOURGEOIS SUPERIEUR, HAUT MEDOC  $21.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; at Cussac; 53% cab sauv, 42% merlot, 5% petit verdot in Gunz gravel, 12-14 months in barrels, 1/3 new. Proof that cru bourgeois tiers have returned. New oak is a recent feature at Beaumont. It's a plus in this abundantly fruity vintage. Gives framing as well as aromatic range./ Wonderful 18 fruit coupled with barrel flavor and structure contributions. Both rich and elegant. Young claret well poised for cellaring. Best Beaumont vintage in memory. The group was wildly enthusiastic. 16.8+.
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(WT020321-07) 18 CHATEAU TOUR LEOGNAN, PESSAC-LEOGNAN  $24.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; Ch Carbonnieux's second wine; half each cab sauv, merlot; vines under 12 years old; aged a year in barrels. Graves earthiness and lightly green fruited aspect of young vines produce. But, then, the Grand Vin has often shown me these characteristics too./ Yeah, it's just not as ripe as it should be in 2018. Green tannins.. 15.8+.
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(WT020321-08) 18 CROZES HERMITAGE SILENE, J. L. CHAVE SELECTION  $28.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; The vineyards for Silene are hillside vineyards located in Larnage and Gervans. 50% of the Crozes comes from a parcel of young vines planted in 2003 and owned by Domaine Jean Louis Chave. The parcel is on the rear east-facing flank of the Hermitage hill. It is rare for Crozes to come from hillside granitic soil as most Crozes is situated on the alluvial valley floor. The grapes are vinified at the Domaine using indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in 600 liter oak casks. Wine Spectator 92/100, and, it fills the bill. Spectacular range and intensity of northern Rhone syrah attributes./ 2018 suave. Complex flavor array. Fine acid and tannin. Super flavorful, long, fine. Keeper. The group was impressed. 17.4+.
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(WT020321-09) 17 AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE GRIFALCO, AZ. AGR. GRIFALCO DELLA LUCANIA  $25.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; vines 25-40 yrs old in volcanic soil; aged 6-12 months in once used French barriques. The flagship wine; not the Gricos. Good as that is, this one has more concentration and depth. Oh, and that cherry, tar, and roses spread that marks this the Barolo of the South./ Barrel aging adds to the complexity. Young and tannic still, especially for 2017. One ambitious, cellarworthy aglianico. 16.8+.
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(WT020321-10) 17 PRIORAT MAS DEL BILLO ONA, CELLER CECILIO  $18.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; 40% garnatxa, 40% syrah, 20% carinyena in llicorella schist at Grattalops; unoaked. The fascinations of Priorat: so many terroirs and noble grape variety combos. I appreciate the unwooded approach here. It puts grapes and terroir to the fore. A beautiful spread and concentration of all three varieties' strengths. In a word: complex./ The sweet fruit is on full display in the revealing 2017 vintage. Good acid, fine grained tannin. Managed force. No reason not to put this right to use with hearty winter fare. 17.0+.
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(WT020321-12) PINEAU DES CHARENTES ROUGE 5 ANS, CHATEAU DE BEAULON  $28.99
02/03/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (APERITIF) 18%; from the cabernets & merlot; aged 5 years in oak cooperage. What it is: a red fruited pineau. A good source as indicated by well aged cognac component and a nice, custardy verjus sweetness. Beaulon is a pineau destination. Very popular with the group. 17.2.
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(WT021021-01) 19 MOSEL ELBLING TROCKEN, WEINGUT MATTHIAS HILD  $16.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 10%; at Wincheringen, on the Upper Mosel. As bracingly fresh and stimulating as a whiff of bay rum. Has been compared to muscadet but more like gros plant. Wow. What relief!/ Oh, yes, brisk cubed. Not without a core of forgiveness though. Very, very long, surprisingly flavorful finish. 16.9.
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(WT021021-02) 19 GAVI, FRANCO SERRA  $14.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12%; from 20 year old vines in calcareous soil at 1000 feet. My, oh my. I wasn't expecting such a pure and intense a cortese expression at this price. Remarkable value! It's the pear, the sage, and more./ Oh, and the palate is rich in varietal character too. Balanced. Lasting. Got to have this one. 16.6.
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(WT021021-03) 19 DOLOMITI PINOT GRIGIO SCHLOSSKELLEREI TURMHOF. TIEFENBRUNNER  $15.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; est. 1848; fifth generation family estate, one of the oldest in South Tyrol. The correct service order so far. This is fuller bodied than the others and grey peels extracted. Hangs around, runs deep./ Yes, full and round and extracted. Fine acidity. Full flavored, textured. Lingering. Fulfilled for mealtime service right now. 16.8.
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(WT021021-04) 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS FRERES  $17.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; grenache blanc, clairette, bourboulenc, viognier; granite soils of the Right Bank; no malo. The aromatics are less forthcoming here, which comes with the varietal territory, sans viognier. Full body of grenache blanc./ Wow, the weight and power really become apparent on the palate. Also more flavors than aromas as the wine warms in the mouth. A white wine contender for veal. 16.7+.
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(WT021021-05) 18 FLEURIE GRAND CRU LA MADONE, DOMAINES ALBERT BICHOT  $25.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; on pink granite below Montagne de Fleurie's Madonna chapel. Wow, all the perfumed allure that marks Fleurie 'queen' of the Grands Crus. Adam Lambert aside, this is a champion. Impressively intense as well as lovely./ Velvety luxury on the palate. Charm and beauty in both flavor and texture respects. Pretty much defines La Madone Fleurie in expressive 2018. Light dusting of fine tannin suggests more good things to come. 17.3+.
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(WT021021-06) 18 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU, DOMAINE DE ROCHEGRES  $25.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%; on grey, manganese rich granite in one of 18 recognized single vinieyards of MaV; vines 80-100 yrs old.. Well, here's the 'king' of Beaujolais Grands Crus.. Large, deep, powerful, firm, soil saturated. Keeper./ Wow, a big and sweet mouthful of gamay as only MaV can render it. Plenty of tannin here, of course. Beaujolais with a Cote d'Or build. Very popular with the group. 17.1+.
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(WT021021-07) 18 GROCHAU COMMUTER CUVEE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $19.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.7%; John Grochau discovered wine while bicycle racing for a French team in the Loire Valley; aged 9 months on lees in seasoned oak barrels. Pronounced Grow-Shaw, not Groucho. Fresh, stimulating nose-ful of crisp Oregon pinot. Rounds and brightens with aeration. I can see the lees influence./ Palate well rounded and full, as well as Oregon crisp. Continues to fill out by the minute. What a salivating mouthful of pinot for food. Some tannin precludes service with fish until it rounds out over the coming months. 16.8+.
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(WT021021-08) 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CASTELLO DI ALBOLA  $12.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; at Radda; highest vineyard in Chianti Classico; all sangiovese. Oh, boy, there's that bright, fresh, splashy, up front 2018 fruit intensity and immediacy. A bowlful of bing cherries, with some maraschinos thrown in./ All that sweet fruit plus serious framework, background, and foundation. Fine acid, extract, melted tannin. We've got a deal on our hands. 2016 was way up Spectator's Top 100 list. Look for a repeat performance. 16.7.
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(WT021021-09) 17 VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO, TENUTA DI GRACCIANO DELLA SETA  $21.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; 90% prugnolo gentile; 5% ea canaiolo, merlot; vines 21-50 years old; 18 months minimum in French oak cooperage. That soaring, dazzling aromatic display that only Montepulciano's terroir and unique sangiovese clone can put together. Oh, and it's deep and tarry too, especially for 2017./ Yes, both superbly elegant and surprisingly full bodied, tannic, even meaty. I'd be cellaring this 2-3 years. 17.0+.
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(WT021021-10) 18 CAHORS MALBEC GOULEYANT, GEORGES VIGOUROUX  $14.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; est. 1887. Cahors stalwart Vigouroux's early drinking cuvee. Well, it's 2018 abundantly fruity and ready to fill the bill. Cherry pie nose, in spades./ Yes, the palate is sweetly fruity and generous. Great acid balances the sweet fruit, keeps this wine from getting sloppy. Light tannin on the finish comes with the Cahors territory. Well crafted. 16.6+.
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(WT021021-11) 18 MOULIN DE CHATEAU D'ISSAN, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR  $21.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; from Issan''s vineyards on the richer palus soils between Margaux's gravels & the estuary; 90% merlot, 10% cab sauv. Oh, my, what isn't Issan doing right these days?! Entirely Margaux like sophistication despite vineyards on heavier terroir. Barrel aging is the key additive. One complex Bordeaux Superieur./ Dazzles on the palate too, with both fruit and oak giving upscale performances. Fine grained tannins guarantee cellar potential to a full bouqueted maturity. The group was in awe. 17.0+.
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(WT021021-12) 18 VALRAVN SONOMA ZINFANDEL  $18.99
02/10/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.8%; vines 40-100 yrs old in Rockpile, Dry Creek, Alexander, and Russian River valleys; 14 months in French oak barrels, 10% new. Heavy Bottle Award. Intense, powerful, sweet fruited. Solid core of potential. The oak is thoroughly integrated./ Again, the fruit is sweet, while the tannin does a balancing act by drying it up some. Shows the pedigree of old vines and top Sonoma origins. And the ideally ripe fruit of a fine vintage. I'd like to cellar this to at least age five, better still, seven. 16.8+.
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