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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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