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(WT060221-1) 13 ANDRE CLOUET BOUZY GRAND CRU DREAM VINTAGE BRUT CHAMPAGNE  $54.95
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPARKLING) 12%; all Bouzy; all chardonnay! Super toasty from its long on lees sojourn. There's something about Montagne de Reims blanc de blancs that's extra heavy duty too. I find it in Coutier's Ambonnay bdb./ Wow, big weight and character. Dinner wine for sure. You gotta like this gear-oil style, which comes forth in the top vintages but takes 'elevage' in years like 2013. 17.8.
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(WT060221-10) 18 CAIRANNE MAXIMILIEN, DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS  $19.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; Cairanne has earned single-village AOC status; 50% grenache, 35% mourvedre, 15% syrah; Peter Weygandt selection. Black color./ Intense black fruit and black pepper. In my mind, that writes the book on Cairanne. Oh, and it's deep and cool, with another defining Cairanne note: licorice./ Large and powerful, yet well constituted, well composed. The tannins are fine, the fruit is perfectly ripe and not overly 2018 gushy. May I say it again? THIS is Cairanne! 17.4..
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(WT060221-11) 19 TENERIFE YCODEN-DAUTE-ISORA BENJE ENVINATE, VITICULTORES DE SANTIAGO DEL TEIDE Y ENVINATE  $28.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 12%; Canary Is.; all listan pietro, untrained, 70-100 yrs old. Unique and wide ranging aromatic array of herbs and spices. With deep seated, ripe red fruit basis./ Palate equally complex and entertaining. Full body and texture, while retaining a cool disposition. Tired of same old - same old? Give this a whirl. 17.2.
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(WT060221-12) 14 CAHORS, CHATEAU DU CAYROU  $17.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; latest release; from gravelly soil on the second terrace above the Lot; 40 year old vines; aged 2 yrs in neutral vessels. Whoa! This is a big and bold Black Wine of Cahors! Deep penetrating and peppery./ Quite a bit of 2014 tannin on the palate. Dry and undeveloped yet. Predictably 2014. One for the cellar. 16.6/16.2+.
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(WT060221-2) 20 VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO, TENUTA LE CALCINAIE  $17.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; no sooner do we taste the 2019, than they start shipping the 2020; Marc de Grazia selection. Oh, my goodness! This trumps the 2019! The freshness, the amplification, and the vigor. All the while, the degree of fulfillment at such a tender age./ Well, still a little banana flavor and bitterness, so not quite ready for prime time. The nose alone though is worth the price of admission! Hallmark! 17.1/16.5+.
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(WT060221-3) 19 ALTO ADIGE PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA KURTATSCH  $18.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (TALY 13.5%; est. 1900; 190-family cooperative; high elevation on limestone; aged on fine lees. Surprising, there's still some SO2 here going into its second year. A healthy, hearty degree of grigio fruit underneath./ Mild acid, smooth texture, accurate flavor, no sulphur marring the palate. I suspect the sulphur will clear over the coming hours. Reports are that it did, revealing fruity and even floral notes. 15.2. 17.8.
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(WT060221-4) 19 COTES DE GASCOGNE RESERVE SELECTION CUVEE GROS MANSENG, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES  $12.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; all gros manseng; dry; Peter Weygandt selection. Peach-apricot varietal aroma. Very enticing. Defining./ Round and soft, but not sweet. Long lasting flavor included peach-peel intensity. When I bought this, I was expecting a sweet wine like Pellehaut's L'Ete. Research and experience have proven otherwise. I'm not disappointed though. Not one bit. This is a singular wine and textbook gros manseng at a song of a price. 16.7.
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(WT060221-5) 20 COTES DE GASCOGNE ROSE PLAISIR, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES  $10.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; merlot and cab sauv; Peter Weygandt selection. Dainty yet deep running. Abundant red fruit array, headed by cherry./ Flavorful. A little lipstick yet. Will pass. Fulfilled by summer, if supplies last that long. There's never enough of this to satisfy demand. 16.3+.
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(WT060221-6) 19 MORGON GRAND CRU, CHATEAU DE PIZAY  $19.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; 45 year old vines on granite; David Milligan selection. Morgon full, which is not always true of Pizay. Perhaps the finest and most abundant Pizay I've nosed. This writes the book./ Yes, Morgon full, while retaining Pizay's gamay raciness.. Long aftertaste. Well priced Morgon here. 16.5.
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(WT060221-7) 19 KEN WRIGHT WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $27.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 12.8%; from Abbott Claim, Canary Hill, Carter, Freedom Hill, Guadalupe, McCrone, Meredith Mitchell, Nysa, and Savoya vineyards.. Spicy-oaky-cedary impressions from the smell of the cork to what's wafting from my Taster glass at first encounter. Full, sweet fruit with fine oak dressings./ Medium bodied. 2019 takes the pedal off the metal to a degree, but there's nothing wanting for sweetness and fulfillment here despite the cold, wet vintage. Bravo, Ken Wright. 16.7+.
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(WT060221-8) 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE A-F GROS  $42.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; est. 1988; daughter of Jean Gros; from 2 vineyards in Pommard & 1 in Volnay. Well, almost a Cote de Nuits sense of black fruit. Masterful oak application, integrity, and complexity. One ample Bourgogne./ More to the Cote de Beaune red fruit sensations on the palate, and a measure of Volnay levity. The barrel influences contribute variegations. Good material, fine winemaking. 17.5+.
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(WT060221-9) 18 SAINT MAURICE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES ECHEVIN, DOMAINE LA FLORANE  $25.99
06/02/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 90% syrah, 10% grenache; aged 15 months half in concrete vats & half in oak demi muids; Alain Junguenet selection. Va, va, voom! Like the 2015, this is huge! Southern Rhone syrah fully amplified. Sweet, dense, insistent./ The fruit is sweet in the mouth too. Actually cooled and moderated by the alcohol. And balanced too by some tannin in back. Nothing overripe or overdone here. The village is in the temperate zone of Vaucluse. 17.0+.
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(WT060921-01) 19 DOLOMITI PINOT BIANCO TERRA ALPINA, ALOIS LAGEDERITALY  $16.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; from neighboring growers' vineyards on limestone & porphyry; vines 5-50 years old; aged 4 months on lees. Very green fruit oriented bianco. Plenty of malic acid. Gathers depth and riper fruit dimensions as it warms and airs./ Plenty of acid spiel. A peppery sort of vigor. Flavorful. Salivating. Wants food. Well liked by the group. 16.5.
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(WT060921-02) 19 VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO, TOSCOLO  $16.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; cold macerated and fermented; Franco Bernabei, super-star winemaker; Neil Empson selection. Not as fruit/flower scented s the Calcinaie. A distinctive lime like undertow that puts vernaccia in a new focus./ The palate is more evocative, echoing citrus and adding flowers and minerals. Its own take on vernaccia. Mentally stimulating. 16.3.
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(WT060921-03) 19 CHABLIS FOURCHAUME PREMIER CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET  $42.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; vineyards 45-60 yrs old, facing south-southeast; unwooded. Premier Cru amplitude. Fourchaume calcaire and green fruit. 2019 lift./ Leesy basis. Premier Cru sizeable. Depth, breadth, minerality, structure. Well enough balanced, if a little on the mild side acid-wise. Good overall performance. 17.0+.
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(WT060921-04) 18 KAMPTAL RIESLING TROCKEN, SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG  $21.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRIA) 12.5%; mainly from Gaisberg & Heiligenstein; vines under 15 years old; Terry Theise selection. Racy, vigorous. A walnut husk suggestion I love in rieslings, found particularly in Erdeners. Relates to terpene I suppose. This runs deep, peppery./ Flavor set echoes aromatics. Everything really hangs together well at this stage of development. No call to cellar further. Dry, mealtime riesling, for sure. Very popular with the group. 16.8.
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(WT060921-05) 20 COTEAUX DU GIENNOIS ROSE, CLEMENT & FLORIAN BERTHIER  $14.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE) 12.5%; pinot noir and gamay from a Loire tributary in the Region de Sauvignon; limestone, marl, and flint soils; 30-35 yr old vines. Peter Weygandt selection. Unique. Pink fruit. Strawberry and leaf. Something nettly too. Modest sulphur at a tolerable level, and no fermentation residuals./ More pink fruit peels extracts. Great, racy acidity. Would like to give this a few more weeks to fill out, to round out. Nonetheless, it threw off its sulphur after a couple hours' aeration and was a hit with many attendees. 16.5+.
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(WT060921-06) 18 SAVOIE MONDEUSE, DOMAINE EUGENE CARREL  $15.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%; 6 generation family estate; clay-limestone soil, which suits mondeuse noire, planted mainly in Savoie. Full color, developing a light patina of maturation./ Deep and satisfying purple-fruit mondeuse nose. Hallmark as well as ample. You could easily pay more for this quality of mondeuse experience./ Full, rich, round, balanced. Fine flavor range that includes a hint of plum pit. Spot on, and at a proper degree of maturity for full enjoyment. 16.8.
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(WT060921-07) 19 HANZELL SEBELLA SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR  $27.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.8%; Sonoma Valley Burgundy-grape specialist since the 1950s; Sebella, once the estate's second wine, now incorporates fruit from neighboring growers as well; aged 9 months in French oak barrels, 10% new. That's a proper medium dark pinot color./ Oh, wow. That's special. Adheres to the tradition of early Calif pinot noirs: red fruited instead of black, subtly spicy-oaky instead of frankly woody, dry instead of sweet, elusive instead of obvious./ Oh, yes. The dryness. The acidity. The unique flavor set that's now near extinct. Bargain priced beside the Grand Vin. 17.6+.
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(WT060921-08) 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO VILLA NOZZOLE, TENUTA DI NOZZOLE  $19.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; from Greve in the north, whence come elegant Classicos; aged 10 months in French oak barrels. It does indeed exhibit the charm of a Greve classico. As well as the cherry fruited sangiovese generosity of 2018. Spot on./ Yes, medium to full bodied, full flavored, well balanced by sangiovese's innate fruit acidity. Picture perfect for present service. 16.7.
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(WT060921-09) 17 LANGHE NEBBIOLO CHIARA BOSCHIS, AZ. AGR. E. PIRA  $37.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; 1st woman winemaker in the Langhe; from 15 yr old vines in cru Ravera; aged 14 months in second-year French oak barrels. The long barrel sojourn as well as the relatively rapid maturity of 2017 both show in this really quite advanced nose./ Yes, bouquet forming already. Some tannin to resolve yet. It's an ambitious Alba nebbiolo. But, frankly, I prefer these with more varietal than maturation emphasis. Think of the money I'll save. 16.4+.
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(WT060921-10) 15 VACQUEYRAS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE LE COUROULU  $27.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 3rd generation estate est. 1928; 75% grenache planted in 1932 and 25% syrah in 1960; cobblestones over blue clay; unfined, unfiltered; VV cuvee is new to this market. Old vines and syrah lend a full color./ 15 ripe, old vines deep and concentrated. Putting up some resistance at this stage./ The palate is flavorful, deep, and variegated (aka complex). The tannin is well managed. This has fine, mid term cellar potential. At present, it's in a bit of an aromatic trough. No problem. 17.2+.
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(WT060921-11) 18 RUDESHEIMER KLOSTERLAY RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT LEITZ  $24.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 9.5%; gently rolling site on the Rudesheimer Berg beneath the Benedictine abbey (kloster) on slate (lay); Leitz always makes a kabinett from here. Aloof, dry, and stony Rudesheimer Berg nose. Some sulphur under screwcap yet, and also some terpene of maturity. Yet the site speaks./ Leitz sweet. On the high side of kabinett I surmise. Leitz come hither. Adequate acidity, if coated. Ready to apply to south and east Asian food options. 16.5.
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(WT060921-12) 18 OPPENHEIMER SACKTRAGER RIESLING SPATLESE, WEINGUT DR. HEYDEN  $15.99
06/09/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 8.5%; 2nd generation Frank Heyden, known to group members who attended the Vinicombe tasting tours of yore, runs the estate with brother Harry; best vineyard of Oppenheim, on the Rheinfront near Nierstein; Derek Vinnicombe selection. There's sulphur under screwcap here too, but neither does it sting too sharply. The roundness and depth of a Rheinfront site./ Richness of an auslese. Heyden raciness. Flavor persistence. Faint hint of bottle bouquet. Nails site, maker, and vintage. Very popular with the group. 16.6+.
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(WT061621-01) 13 IRON HORSE ESTATE GREEN VALLEY CLASSIC VINTAGE BRUT  $36.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%; 68% pinot noir, 32% chardonnay; Green Valley is a very cool sector of Russian River Valley.. For a California sparkler of this age, very 'new' smelling. Nose spells the proportions of red and white fruit. The bottle bouquet is admirable./ On the high side of brut (or low side of acidity)--a California vs Champagne situation. Lots of leesy, toasty bottle bouquet personality. Delivers. 16.7.
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(WT061621-02) 19 BASILICATA GRECO - FIANO PIPOLI, VIGNETI DEL VULTURE  $19.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; 60 - 40; bush trained vines at 1600-2000 feet, planted 1985-1990; greco harvested late Nov; 6 months sur lie. Upon opening, mercaptan aura takes some delving to get beneath it. The goods are there: the greco fruits and florals, the fiano honey. A worthy amalgam./ Very racy fruit acidity really sets this up for food. A certain salinity on the lips. This became more of a showoff after additional aeration, revealing a potpourri of fruits and flowers, and it became a group favorite. 16.5+/16.9..
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(WT061621-03) 18 CHABLIS MONTEE DE TONNERRE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN  $39.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; arguably the top Chablis Premier Cru; adjacent to the Grands Crus hillside; Vinous Media 93+/100; Peter Weygandt selection. Bold. Full measure of MdT weight and grandeur. 2018 stacked. More about bulk and presence than about aromatics./ Good 2018 extract. The necessary acidity for balance. A shame to serve now; there's so much more to come. 17.4+.
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(WT061621-04) 18 FLORINA MALAGOUZIA TURTLES VINEYARD, ALPHA ESTATE  $19.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (MACEDONIA) 13%; in NW Macedonia; vyd at 2100 feet, facing northwest; 2 months sur lie. Upon opening, some scratchy SUS still. Hopefully, this will blow off in time for group enjoyment. Varietal depth, race, and distinction down inside./ Much greater flavor magnification on the palate. No scratch. A noble white varietal, worth saving. The one we had a few weeks ago was more-ish. Also cost 1.5 times more. 16.2+/16.5+.
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(WT061621-05) 20 BANDOL ROSE, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE  $25.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE) 14%; 71% mourvedre, 14% grenache, 12% cinsault, 3% clairette; Peter Weygandt selection. Full, rich, round, noble, generous. The early harvest brings this to fruition sooner than, say, the 2018. Just saturated with strawberry and pink peach./ Well, the palate is still a little reductive. Not as expressive in flavor as in aroma. A couple of hours' aeration will likely take care of that. And it did. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. 17.1/16.7+.
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(WT061621-06) 12 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, MAISON L'ENVOYE  $26.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; from 3 growers near Beaune & in the Hautes Cotes; including fruit from Savigny Marconnets; aged a year in seasoned barrels. Medium to medium dark; a little ruddy./ Sweet pinot fruit. Some 2012 reluctance remains. Surprisingly unevolved./ The palate remains a mystery too. Close and tart and well framed 2012 style. Structurally young, aromatically betwixt and between. Enigmatic. Opened up more over the next couple of hours and earned fans. 16.2+.
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(WT061621-07) 18 DOGLIANI, PODERI LUIGI EINAUDI  $21.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; dolcetto from crus San Giacomo, San Luigi and Madonna delle Grazie; Neil Empson selection. Former president of Italy, and a dolcetto master. Not an easy going style. While 2018 provides good fruit sweetness, there's plenty of evident framework here too./ Yeah, he really knows how to extract a lot of serious material out of dolcetto. Not without dolcetto lift now, but don't be afraid to cellar it; much more to come. 16.9+.
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(WT061621-08) 17 MONTSANT L'EFECTE VOLADOR, JOSEP GRAU VITICULTOR  $17.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; family estate; garnacha, samso, & syrah; 30-50 yrs old; on slate & granite; half aged in French foudres & barriques. Seems to be pretty well along in bouquet development in early maturing 2017. An accommodating style of Montsant./ Well, the palate has a large measure of freshness and vitality I wasn't expecting to find. And a measure of tannin too. One unique, serious, and adventuresome Montsant. Totally mealworthy. Popular with the group. 16.3/16.6+.
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(WT061621-09) 16 CHATEAU BOUTISSE GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION  $39.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; from the clay-limestone plateau; barrel fermented & aged; 70% merlot, 20% cab sauv, 5% ea cab franc, carmenere; aged in barrels, 40% new. Dark red violet./ Merlot richness, cabernet blackness. More cab sauv on the Right Bank now, what with higher temperatures. Barrel aging shows too. And a modicum of bottle bouquet. 2016 linear style./ Very 2016 sleek. Oak weavings. Well tailored, fine-grained tannins. Good acidity. Flavor- and texture-wise, well balanced. Good cellar candidate. A group favorite. 17.3+.
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(WT061621-10) 15 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE LA HAUTE MARONE  $25.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 75% grenache, 13% syrah, 12% mourvedre on steep, terraced vyds; half aged 21 months in 2nd, 3rd, & 4th yr barrels. Bold, sweet, powerful 2015 Gigondas. Fits the pattern to a T. Some bouquet starting to form./ Oh, yes, there's a mellowness coming on with bottle age too. Plus barrel aged nuttiness. Right fair price, I'd venture. 16.9+.
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(WT061621-11) 18 DURKHEIMER NONNENGARTEN RIESLING KABINETT, WEINGUT DARTING LITER  $19.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 10.5%; est. 1780; estate bottling since 1989; Helmut Darting apprenticed at Muller-Catoir; Terry Theise selection. Some SUS. Also a hint of bouquet formation. Nothing particularly striking about this perennially well priced bottling. Just old reliable./ Yeah, there's the sulphur vying with bottle bouquet, the latter gaining the upper hand on the palate. Adequate acidity for balance and refreshment. 16.3.
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(WT061621-12) 18 AYLER KUPP RIESLING SPATLESE, VOLS  $39.99
06/16/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 9.5%; from the legendary Altenhofen estate, purchased by Helmut Plunien in 2009; on blue slate; Terry Theise selection. Well, there's even stinkier SUS here. This week, we've reverted to same old, same old: whites compromised by sulphur. Which persisted throughout the evening in this spatlese./ As usual, it's less oppressing on the palate. Some unique terroir statements suggest themselves, including white peach and tangelo. Fully sweet Saar spatlese; likely auslese must weight.15.0++/16.6+.
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(WT062321-01) LETE-VAUTRAIN 204 BRUT CHAMPAGNE  $39.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPARKLING) 12.5%; RM at Chateau-Thierry; est. 1960s; acquired by Baron-Fuente in 2011; 50% pinot meunier, 25% ea chardonnay, pinot noir; 3 yrs en tirage. Apple blossom and bread dough: meunier leads the way. Meunier sweet fruit aroma and full revelation of en tirage toasty bouquet./ Full, flavor, body, yeast autolysis character. Not a lot of finesse; this is not Premier Cru terroir. Will be enjoyed more at the table than as an aperitif. 16.9.
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(WT062321-02) 19 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, ANDRE SCHERER  $14.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%; at Husseren les Chateaux, high above the Alsace plain; Peter Weygandt selection. Very cold sample. Nose understated yet valid. Clear and green pinot blanc fruit with no rough edges. I like it./ Warms in mouth and expands in flavor. Textbook varietal character without frills and fancy stuff. Proper acidity level for the variety. Dry, smooth, well balanced. Wide applications. 16.5.
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(WT062321-03) 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE DES GENEVES  $24.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNCY) 12.5%; est. 1973 at Fleys; Jeanne-Marie de Champs selection. Shows more age for sure. There are still funky sulphur issues here, so I'm not getting a clear picture of the terroir./ As usual, less sulphur on the palate, so I can read the fruit at least. Hope it lifts more with airing, and the group can give me fuller revelation. Indeed, it improved into the next day, displaying calcaire, green apple, and lees aging, ultimately earning a 16.3 rating.
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(WT062321-04) 18 PAESTUM FIANO PIAN DI STIO, AZ. AGR. SAN SALVATORE HALF LITER  $36.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 'Grand Cru' vyd at 1800 feet on the Stio plateau in southern Campania; Wine & Spirits 93; Parker 92. It's not as splashy at age 2.5 as earlier vintages we tasted at younger ages. Again, very cold sample./ More flavorful than aromatic, thanks to warming in mouth. Another wine that improved for many hours after, showing fruit, acid, freshness, extract, richness, layering, and serious length. 17.0+.
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(WT062321-05) 20 CHINON ROSE, DOMAINE DOZON  $18.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE) 12.5%; south of Chinon on the left bank of the Vienne; from vines under 30 yrs old; Michael Corso selection. Finally, a full, come hither aromatic profile. Red raspberry, strawberry, bramble patch./ Just a vestige of bubble gum to banish via a few weeks' aging. And accompanying astringency. Regardless, this has a lot of presence, persistence, abundance. One of the fuller bodied Chinon roses. Belies its modest alcohol statement. Wants food. Popular with the group. 16.7+.
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(WT062321-06) 18 RIBEIRA SACRA PEZA DO REI, ADEGA CACHIN  $21.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13%; vineyard on 60% incline south-facing slope of slate terraces; 85+% men cia plus three local varieties; unwooded. What an intriguing nose! Yes, there's a suggestion of the usual mencia reductiveness. That will blow off. So much more here as well. A potpourri of spices that suggest barrel aging, but no such thing. Deep, dark, secretive, almost menacing./ Sweet, round 2018 fruit and all those extra feels and flavors. Indeed, complex. Fine tannin to help it to full fruition. I crave uniqueness, and this wine has it. 16.9+.
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(WT062321-07) 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, CHANSON PERE  $24.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; est 1750; bought by Bollinger early this century, which brought in Gilles de Courcel to manage the winery and Jean Pierre Confuron the vineyards; from estate lands in Cote de Nuits and southern Cote de Beaune; whole cluster fermented. A beautiful black fruit pinot statement that has Nuits leanings. So do Santenays, so that could be the other component./ Fruit clarity, lots if material. Full, fine tannin, both fruit and oak derived. Most cellarworthy. Seems things have changed around sleepy old Chanson! 16.6+.
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(WT062321-08) 18 EUGENE WINE CELLARS STRINGTOWN WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $21.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%; named for bygone towns strung out along the Oregon Trail; EWC is a grower and manager of hundreds of acres of OR vineyards since the 1970s. No SUS, but mighty quiet, aromatically. Valid pinot cherry and spice./ Round pinot palate with good power, acid, texture. Fine tannin. The foundation is here. Cellar further. Or aerate. This blossomed into quite the popular pinot later in the evening, remaining subtle, while opening a peacock's tail of complexity. 16.5+
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(WT062321-09) 18 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE, CANTINA DI NEGRAR  $21.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; made the first amarone, in 1936; 70% corvina, 15% corvinone, 15% rondinella; aged 12-18 months in cooperage. This is real ripasso. Power, presence, and dried fruit impact. Dark as its name./ Yes, balance of sweetness and force. The oak is an important player too. Big time, mouthfilling ripasso player with a lasting aftertaste. Writes the book on ripasso. For full fare, or the cellar. Popular with the group. 17.1+.
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(WT062321-10) 18 ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO, AZ. AGR. POLIZIANO  $18.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; est. 1961; 80% prugnolo gentile, 20% merlot; half aged 10 months in large French oak casks. I thought this might be the wrong order, but no. This is a whopper of a Monte rosso. All the ripe, rich fruit of the vintage, a positive measure of that thanks to the merlot, I'd venture./ Yes, this surpasses the norms of the DOC, whether you like it or not. I like it for what it is. Really powerful and succulent. Big time mouth presence here too. Wow. 17.1+.
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(WT062321-11) 18 GEHRICKE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY ZINFANDEL  $29.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U. S. WEST COAST) 14.9%; Heavy Bottle Award; 5% petite sirah; from Ponzo Vineyard old vines; 14 months in French oak barrels. Purple black color./ Show Wine. Ample oak spice potpourri. Full power. Succulent old vines fruit. Yet there's still an unescapable measure of RRV zinfandel elegance, class. It's no Joe Palooka./ All of that, all at once. The fruit concentration, the oak spice spectrum, the power, and the class. Lengthy, complicated finish. Pretty awesome stuff. 18.6.
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(WT062321-12) 18 PFALZ RIESLING FEINHERB, WEINGUT MULLER-CATOIR  $26.99
06/23/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 11%; est. 1744; from lower slopes of several estate vineyards; Terry Theise selection. Screwcap, so I opened this early to taste. Quite a lot of spritz, so I wasn't sure if that or SO2 was tingling my nostrils. So shook and left stand open awhile. Now, I still get some sulphur suppression but more Pfalz riesling fruit and terroir than earlier./ Sweeter than the feinherb norm; glad I placed it last in the set. Not as extract saturated as I expect in an M-C. Vintage talking? 16.6.
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(WT063021-01) PASCAL PONSON PREMIER CRU PRESTIGE BRUT CHAMPAGNE  $39.99
06/30/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPARKLING) 12%; RM at Coulommes la Montagne; 70% meunier, 15% ea chardonnay, pinot noir; average vine age: 35 years; en tirage 3.5 yrs; disgorged 2/12/19; .6 RS. That's a meunier nose, full of bread dough. Speaks for its en tirage spell too./ This has more finesse on the palate than last week's lower Marne champagne. Better terroir, same price. Really a pretty respectable value. I didn't know you could have all that meunier in Premier Cru. Very satisfying finish.. 16.8.
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(WT063021-02) 19 VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO SERRA 46, SOC. AGR. FILODIVINO  $14.99
06/30/21 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%; 40 year old vines; aged 3 months on lees. Quite full; almost as full as a Matelica. Really attractive fruit profile./ Yes, full. Herbal and mineral notes. Well grounded. 16.4.
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