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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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