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(WT050521-02) 19 EPANOMI MALAGOUSIA SINGLE VINEYARDL KTIMA GEROVASSILIOU  $29.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GREECE) 13.5%; indigenous variety rescued from extinction in the 1970s by Vangelis Gerovassiliou; from the oldest vineyard; in Thessaloniki on the Aegean in NE Greece; ktima = estate. That's racy and unique. Rose and powderpuff. Reminds of that Jura traminer relative savignin./ Flavors echo aromas. Dry, with nice padding. Unique and persistent flavor array. A variety worth rescuing. Very popular with the group. 16.8.
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(WT050521-03) 18 PFALZ ESTATE RIESLING DRY, DR. BURKLIN-WOLF  $21.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 12%; finally a new vintage of this group favorite; from Wachenheim, Deidesheim, & Ruppertsberg vyds. That's much 'newer' than the 2017 of late. Pfalz full, with plenty of dry extract. The terpenes are much more unformed./ Opens will almost a sense of sweetness. Seems high 'trocken', not a surprise this vintage. I sense more flavor and texture interest to come. The group was high on this as well, and agreed with my assessment of its potential. 16.8+.
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(WT050521-04) 19 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE ROCHE-GUILLON  $12.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 14.5%; 5th generation Famille Coperet; from 30-90 year old vines in a parcel near Fleurie. That's a good, keen, Villages full gamay nose. Deep, black, almost tarry in its old vines aromatic concentration./ Tarry again. Man, one serious Villages. Well balanced and potent. And look at the price! 16.7+.
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(WT050521-05) 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, LIGNIER-MICHELOT  $44.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 14.5%; vyd on clay in Chambolle Musigny commune, planted in the 1960s; 25% whole clusters; indigenous yeasts; 12 months in barrels, 25% new; unfiltered; Becky Wasserman selection. Oh, this is deep, serious, complicated. Definitely barrel inflected. To the extent that the oak needs more time to settle in. It still silences village and pinot tales./ A big mouthful of sweet fruit and solid, tannic oak. One loaded babe. No way this is going anywhere but straight to the cellar. This aired well over the next couple of hours, revealing more Cbambolle perfume. 17.1+.
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(WT050521-06) 19 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU DUC, BORDEAUX  $11.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; Famille Chollet since 1865; vyd borders Lussac St. Emilion; 80% merlot, 20% the cabernets. Sweet cranberry, cherry, and bramble berry set. While openly fruity, this is not as fulsome a display as the 2018 put out.Has 2019 lift. I like both./ Yes, graciously medium bodied, sweetly fruity. Good acid, light tannin, form, and reserve. 16.4+.
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(WT050521-07) 19 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DE SERVANS  $12.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.2%; at Tulette between Cairanne and Visan; half each syrah, grenache. Nice, open, expressive, black fruited vintage of this, perhaps the best I've tasted. I read a Cairanne proximity more strongly than ever before./ Medium bodied, flavorful, well balanced. Good acidity and fine tannin. Will improve for the mid term. 16.4+.
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(WT050521-08) 19 PAYS D'OC MARSELAN, ROSEMARY LANE  $10.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; cross of cab sauv and grenache developed by Paul Truel in 1961 at Marseillan in southern France. Wow, textbook marselan in a very strong, nostril-penetrating presentation. Suggestions of each parent, while wholly its own thing. I can see why Med winemakers like to add some of this to their cuvees./ Less flavor impact due to dry tannins. Marselan's not known for those, so this is a pretty ambitious undertaking with some cellar potential. Light bitterness at the end does not detract from the positive experience. 16.3+.
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(WT050521-09) 17 ROMAGNA SANGIOVESE RISERVA SUPERIORE IL CONTE DI COVIGNANO, AZ. AGR. SAN VALENTINO  $22.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14.5%; marl soil; indigenous yeasts; aged 18 months in cement tanks, large cooperage, and once used barriques.. Deep and serious stuff. Romagna sangiovese on steroids, plus the complexing age factor./ Yes, a combination of aging in cooperage and bottle, intense original material, emerging bouquet, and 2017 revelations. Academically stimulating. Perhaps a couple years' cellaring
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(WT050521-10) 17 BARBARESCO , SOC. AGR. MOCCAGATTA  $39.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14.5%; owned by the Minuto family since the late 1800s; aged a year in barriques, 20% new; Marc de Grazia selection. Ah, that's brisk, bright, 2017 upbeat and revealing. While retaining a deep, tarry nebbiolo core./ Still pretty closed and tannic on the palate. Definitely Barbaresco versus Barolo. Even through the teeth-coating tannins, it shows more spiel. After a couple hours' more aeration, this became more revealing to the group and was much appreciated. Regardless, this is a cellar candidate. 16.9+.
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(WT050521-11) 15 CHATEAU VILLARS, FRONSAC  $22.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; Vignerons Gaudrie since 1812; on hillsides above the Isle; 81% merlot, 15% cab franc, 4% cab sauv; average age: 37 years; aged a year in barrels, 1/3 new; unfiltered.. Oh, that's dark and dense, 2015 ripe and barrel complicated. Real Fronsac black-fruit intensity./ Full, rich, and tannic palate. Talks the Fronsac talk. Which I love...but Fronsacs just don't sell. Why? 16.9+.
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(WT050521-12) 15 RESERVA, BODEGAS LAN  $19.99
05/05/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14.5%; 92% tempranillo, 8% mazuelo from Alta & Alavesa vyds over 25 yrs old; aged 18 months in French/American oak barrels & 21 months in bottle; each bottle has a high-quality waiter's corkscrew shrink-wrapped to its neck. Black color even after its long barrel sojourn. That's 2015 in part./ An unusual freshness and fruitiness for reserva. That's 2015 too. Plenty of barrel effect pushes forth to support its reserva status./ Balance of 15 sweet fruit and oak extracts, including oak tannin. Together as a whole and spells good cellar potential. 16.8+.
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(WT051221-01) 20 PICPOUL DE PINET, JADIX  $12.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; on chalky clay embedded with fossilized oysters, quartz, and gravel; picpoul has been grown on the plateau above the Thau lagoon since Roman times; 'picpoul' = 'lipstinger'. This is right. This has max personality for this often prosaic, understated grape variety. Pushes out those green apple and legume things that brings to mind a gruner veltliner./ Flavor intensity confirms. Blind, I'd say I was drinking gruve. Except the acidity is higher and gives it a lot of textural play. Earns its name. Long, expressive finish. 16.6.
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(WT051221-02) 19 DAO BRANCO SELECAO DO ENOLOGO PEDRA CANCELA, JOAO COELHO GOUVELA  $14.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 12%; 40% encruzado, 30% each cerceal branco, malvasia fina. That's a unique aromatic set. The terroir and first two varieties give it distinct soil inflections. Malvasia contributes certain floral overtones./ Plays out the same on the palate. Pretty heavy-weight table white. No aperitif, that's for sure. This continued to fill out into the following day. 16.3+.
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(WT051221-04) 19 ROERO ARNEIS LE TRE, MALABAILA  $15.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; winegrowers since 1362; 30 year old vines. Bursting with arneis white peach and sage. Always a very expressive production here./ The flavors are just as abundant, and the texture is properly well rounded. Exemplary. 16.6.
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(WT051221-05) 18 PUGLIA PRIMITIVO CALX FUSO21, CANTINE POLVANERA  $16.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; limestone soil; unfined, unfiltered. Medium to medium dark./ The producer's intention is to make a bistro style of wine, and he's nailed it. Red rather than black fruit, and inviting freshness and lift./ Medium bodied and fully fruity. Good acid. Long and flavorful finish. Rangy mealtime options. Near absence of tannin, so could probably be cooled down a bit for additional refreshment. 16.2.
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(WT051221-06) 19 COTES DU RHONE LE CORIANCON, DOMAINE VALLOT  $17.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.2%; at Vinsobres; 5 generation domaine; 40 year old vines at 1500 feet; field blend of grenache, syrah, mourvedre, cinsault, clairette, bourboulenc. Dark color./ Grenache sweetness and lift, syrah and mourvedre black fruit core. This has vigor and persistence. It won't let go of me./ The fruit is sweet, round, and well composed. No edges. 2019 stylishness. Low tannin. High elevation, northern Vaucluse style. No need to cellar. 16.6.
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(WT051221-07) 19 COTES DU RHONE LES PIERRUGUES, DOMAINE LA BERTHETE  $14.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; at Camaret sur Aigues on the Plan de Dieu; 35+ year old vines; 50% grenache, 25% syrah, 20% carignan, 5% cinsault. Blacker still./ More depth and power. Serious stuff. Aspires to Plan de Dieu AOC. Black fruit, tar, licorice./ Well extracted. Lots of dry matter here. Full, fine tannin too. And good acidity. Will appreciate some cellar time. Deal. 16.8+.
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(WT051221-08) 18 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO, AZ. AGR. TIBERIO  $19.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; massale selection vines averaging 56 years; at 1200 feet. Dark red violet color. Impressive!/ A beautiful and intense montepulciano nose, replete with that cherished but elusive aroma of violets. Wow, this is really well concentrated!/ Blockbuster palate, dense and deep, flavorful, tannin laden. This is pushing Pepe and Valentini at a fraction of the price. Good cellar potential. 17.0+.
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(WT051221-09) 17 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CARPINETO  $21.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; 90% sangiovese, 10% canaiolo; minimum 6 months in oak casks. Quite open and mature going into age four, thanks to time in cooperage and 2017's forward nature. Sangiovese transformed by oak aging./ Yes, the palate has mellowed nicely. Good acidity and still considerable fine grained tannin. Spicy nuances. Needs another year or two to peak out. 16.6+.
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(WT051221-10) 16 RESERVE DU CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR  $14.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; at Lugon, west of Fronsac; second wine; 90% merlot; 10% cab franc; barrel aged. Dark ruby./ Wow, big time fruit intensity and exceptional oak endowments for the second wine of a Bordeaux Superieur Chateau. Grand and ambitious stuff./ Abundant fruit and oak concentrations. Tannin on teeth. Broad, deep, complex. A sleeper for the cellar. Very popular with the group. 16.9+.
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(WT051221-11) 13 RIOJA RESERVA, MARQUES DE RISCAL  $21.99
05/12/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; at El Ciego in Alavesa; 96% tempranillo, 4% graciano; aged 2 years in American oak barrels. Had to do a Durand save on this cork after my table-mount opener pulled the center out of it. No issues with what's in the bottle though (other than the cork!).Sweet and gentle, uplifted Alavesa style of reserva. Alavesa is higher altitude than Rioja Alta and has a lot of sand./ Yes distinctly Alavesa and Riscal. The wines are not particularly demonstrative in 'youth', but oh how well they last and improve in the cellar. Full faith in this well balanced 2013. 16.7++.
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(WT051921-01) 17 VALDOBBIADENE RIVE DI COL SAN MARTINO VIGNETO CASTEL DE DONA BRUT NATURE, CANTINE UMBERTO BORTOLOTTI  $19.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 11.5%; est. 1947; single 2 acre vyd on steep hillsides of San Martino valley; all glera; not a sign of the word 'prosecco' on the labels; just on the gov't neck band. A very fine mousse and a very classy nose. Oh, it's glera all right, as stylish as it can be when it comes from hillsides./ Again, the pinpoint mousse and the subtlety of varietal expression. Long finish. Deal! 17.0.
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(WT051921-02) 20 ARABAKO TXAKOLINA TXAKOLI DE ALAVA ARTOMANA TXAKOLINA, XARMANT TXAKOLI  $17.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 12.5%; repetitive, jaw-breaking title; world's record number of 'x's in wine name; 70% hondarrabi zuri, 10% gros manseng, 10% petit manseng, 10% petit corbu; vyd planted in 1986. Plenty of fruit pours through. It's crisp, bright, and seckel pear like./ Very good palate. Fresh and flavorful. Very popular with the group. 16.5.
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(WT051921-03) 19 VOUVRAY, CHAMPALOU  $22.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%; est. 1984; 35 yr old vines on clay & limestone; indigenous yeasts; aged 11 months on the lees; Kermit Lynch selection. Dry aroma of quince, lime, and calcaire. Perfectly in tune./ Near dry, medium bodied. Flavorful and well balanced. There's a core of dry matter here that gives promise. Popular with the group. 16.4+.
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(WT051921-04) 19 PIEMONTE BARBERA VIGNETI WALTER MASSA VINI QUOTIDIANI, FUSO21  $15.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; in Colli Tortonesi; like last week's Primitivo, it's designed for 'bistro' service. Glowing red violet./ Sweet, dark cherry barbera replete with a range of spicy nuances. A treat./ Engaging on the palate too. Some green tannin in the back though, so not quite ready for prime time despite its intention. 16.0+.
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(WT051921-05) 19 ALTO ADIGE SCHIAVA, ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA  $16.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; 2nd oldest winery in Italy; from the Cornaiano zone; unoaked; schiava aka trollinger, vernatch. Medium to medium dark appearance, proper for this varietal./ Correct, if not very forthcoming. I've had more generous schiavas./ Yeah, light in body, flavor, all. Bitter streak at the end. Will it swell up with aeration? The winery's Valle Isarco whites are much more expressive. 15.2+?
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(WT051921-06) 19 RIBERA DEL DUERO TEMPRANILLO, BODEGAS TORREMORON  $15.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14.5%; from Quintanamanvirgo, pop. 92; by 28 families, winegrowers here for centuries. Cork barely stained. Must be a recent bottling./ More reticent than the 2018, which was tasted later in life. Still, there's a sweet core of tinta pais there that defines RDD./ Dry and close on the palate. Tannin. Recently bottled and shipped. I should have waited to taste it. What comes after aeration? Good things, I reckon, because orders taken. 16.4/15.6++.
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(WT051921-07) 18 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE CAMPOLIETI, LUIGI RIGHETTI  $19.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 70% corvina, 30% rondinella; in Feb. after the harvest, pomace from the amarone fermentation is added; aged a year in large oak barrels thereafter. Sweet smelling. Dried cherry and plum. Very satisfying aroma of modern--but not quickie--ripasso. This is always engaging./ 18 fruit abundance, good power, warm spices extras, good acid, fine tannin. One of the best vintages of this. 16.9+.
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(WT051921-08) 17 CHIANTI RUFINA RISERVA, RENZO MAS  $15.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 95% sangiovese, 5% colorino; aged 18 months in French barriques, 12 months in bottle. VERY dark color. Record for this wine and a surprise in 2017./ Well, the nose is all as intense and enveloping. Spicy, oaky, fully concentrated in fruit./ Dark, dense, latent. Not harshly tannic, and there a glycerol smoothness. Medium body of 2017. As impressive a vintage as I've tasted here. Power too. 16.9+.
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(WT051921-09) 17 TORO TINTA DE TORO TERMES, BODEGA NUMANTHIA  $21.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 15.5%; named after an area village that in 134 BC fought to its death against Roman invaders; tinta de toro is a local clone of tempranillo; 14 months in French oak barrels. Very dark ruby-black./ These are always generously oaked. This one has had time for most of the oak to settle in. Demonstrative Toro, always./ Flavors still confined. Big in power, tannin. Mouthfilling, mouth coating. Will improve in the cellar for sure. 17.1+.
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(WT051921-10) 17 COTES DU RHONE LES DEUX ALBION, CHATEAU DE SAINT COSME  $24.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 15.5%; est. 1490; syrah, grenache, carignan, mourvedre, clairette; from Plan de Dieu, Saint Maurice, & Cairanne; use of whole clusters & indigenous yeasts; 18 months in conical wood vats. Oh, this is sooo spicy, sexy, rangy. Multi-colored peppercorns plus garrigue. Villages range and intensity (and price). The oak seems a contribution but can't be much./ Large, rich, well textured, finely tannic. Always a show stopper. 17.3+.
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(WT051921-11) 16 MARTIN RAY SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $42.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST CCIAST) 14.5%; all cab sauv; from Beauregard and Fellom ranches; aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 60% new; 18 barrels made.. $40 wine with a screwcap!/ Who cares?! This is SCM big and black--enough to manage the new oak adroitly. Why this AVA rivals Napa Valley and, on average, bests its cabernets. Modern closure, classic contents./ Large in the mouth too. Suave rather than rustic. The taste and texture just won't let loose. That's called 'persistence'. Fulfills all expectations. 17.6+.
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(WT051921-12) 14 FONSECA LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTO  $24.99
05/19/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FORTIFIED) 20%; unfiltered; bottled in 2019. Inky color./ Very black fruited and dense for Fonseca. More like a Taylor LBV. Loaded with blackberry and boysenberry fruit. Best Fonseca LBV I've nosed./ There's the difference. It's sweeter than Taylor. No lack of material and grip to keep it in line and well balanced. 'Unfiltered' is the key. 17.5/17.1.
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(WT052621-01) ANDRE CLOUET BOUZY GRAND CRU THE V.6 EXPERIENCE BRUT CHAMPAGNE  $49.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPARKLING) 12%; all pinot noir; 80% 2012; 20% reserves consisting of 50% 2008, 37.5% 2005, 25% 2004, 12.5% 2002; bottled spring 2013; 6 yrs en tirage before disgorgement; .5 RS. How about this! The black fruit of Bouzy blanc de noirs, for sure. A lively combination of 2012 fruit (about the most engaging and harmonious of recent years) and decided input from the reserve cuvees adding depth, complexity, and dimension./ The mousse is very fine. The play of 2012 with the reserves is both intellectually and sensually stimulating. Long finish extends the welcome experience. 18.1.
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(WT052621-02) 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE BRIN D'R, DOMAINE DE LA GRANGE  $14.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%; Raphael Luneau, 9th generation; Alain Junguenet selection. That's alert, alive and brimful of fruit. Just surges forth in an eager to please manner./ Full and round on the palate. Some peels astringency and a metallic ring on the finish. A singular Muscadet. 16.9.
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(WT052621-03) 19 PETIT CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET  $22.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; est 1590; 25-35 yr old vines on Kimmeridgian limestone facing south/southeast. Wow, quite the contrast. Especially full for a Petit Chablis. The terroir suggests Chablis rather than Petit. Apple, pear, calcaire. Fully accomplished./ Palate confirms body and flavor amplitude. Good if not great acidity. Long, pleasing aftertaste. 17.0.
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(WT052621-04) 19 GRIGNOLINO D'ASTI ISOLAVILLA, TENUTA OLIM BAUDA  $17.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; 65 yr old vines in sandy white marl. Appropriately light color. I've seen darker roses./ Strawberry and cola aromas. Fresh, bright, spot on./ Very tasty. Surprising amount of tannin in back probably precludes serving it chilled this summer. Great acidity. Many food options now, plus a few months for tannin resolution a good option. 16.5+.
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(WT052621-05) 18 MARSANNAY LES BOIVIN, DOMAINE COLLOTTE  $37.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; 4-generation winegrowers that began domaine bottling in 1981; vyd high on the slope; 50+ yr old vines on Comblanchien limestone; Peter Weygandt selection. Wow, full, round, forthcoming 2018. Cool and northern Marsannay style comes across all the same. Sweet core of griottes frult./ Sweet and delicious 2018 fruit abundance. Good form and acidity. Barrel savor and suavity is a plus. Little wonder these are in high demand. 17.3+.
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(WT052621-06) 18 MARSANNAY EN COMBEREAU, DOMAINE COLLOTTE  $37.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; each of these 3 vineyards is proposed for Premier Cru; 50+ yr old vines in Couchey on crinoidal limestone; Peter Weygandt selection. Firmer. Darker disposition. Less inviting and more cellar-worthy. Plenty of material here./ Sweet 2018 fruit evident, while more is held back in reserve. Again, the barrel aging adds extra dimension. 17.0+.
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(WT052621-07) 18 MARSANNAY LES GRASSES TETES, DOMAINE COLLOTTE  $17.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%; all three aged in barrels, 25% new; 2 old vine parcels on crinoidal and Comblanchien limestone; Peter Weygandt selection. Grander, more complex than the others. More high toned fruit and barrel tones evident. Large scale and ambitious./ Oh, it all comes out on the palate too: a peacock's tail of flavor variations. Great savor and texture too. Always a choice Marsannay site from my experience. Breathless. 17.8+.
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(WT052621-08) 18 BARBERA D'ALBA, SOC. AGR. MOCCAGATTA  $18.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14.5%; owned by the Minuto family since the late 1800s; from Barbaresco and Neive vyds planted 1968, 1970, 1984, 2004; 6 months in cooperage; Marc de Grazia selection. Wow, this doesn't back off! Spicy bounty of 2018 barbera fruit, dark and insistent. A really racy barbera./ The palate is full of sweet 2018 fruit and plenty of pepper and other spices in vigorous interplay. Long, complex, and stimulating. 17.0+.
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(WT052621-09) 19 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE OLIVIER HILLAIRE  $18.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; vyd across the Rhone from Chateauneuf; 60% grenache, 40% syrah; Alain Junguenet selection. Gard reserve. Cool. Hint of bell pepper. Generally, not forthcoming upon opening./ The palate features sweet fruit feels and flavors. Good acidity, fine tannin. Let's see if it becomes more accommodating after aeration. 16.3+.
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(WT052621-10) 18 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, CHATEAU FORTIA  $44.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 15%; 40% ea grenache, mourvedre, 20% syrah; 90 yrs back, its proprietor wrote the rules for Chateauneuf du Pape; Alain Junguenet selection. Oh, this is fully forthcoming. Racy, spicy, peppery, garrigue laden, and full of fruit./ Round and soft 2018 fruit. The full buffet spread of accompaniments. While retaining Fortia's classic form, this is one of most fruit-filled and inviting young vintages I've tasted. 17.5+.
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(WT052621-11) 17 CHIANTI RUFINA RISERVA, RENZO MASI  $15.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 95% sangiovese, 5% colorino; aged 18 months in French barriques, 12 months in bottle. The top doesn't smell corky this week. The wine is full for the vintage. Good Rufina form and reserve./ Sweet and abundant. 2017 forward. Tannin in the back for cellaring. Both fruit and oak. 16.5+.
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(WT052621-12) 13 CAHORS, CHATEAU GAUTOUL  $14.99
05/26/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; 5 soil types on the property; 80% malbec, 16% merlot, 4% tannat; aged 18 months in oak casks; 2013 just released. Black Wine of Cahors./ Oh, and it's a tough guy too. Geez, after 7 plus years, still compact and stingy. The 2012 was much more accommodating last year,/ Well, there's some fruit sweetness on the palate, and an intriguing cedar streak. The tannins are manageable. Overall, quite an achievement this vintage. 16.3+.
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