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(WT061020-01) 19 LANGHE ARNEIS, AZ. AGR. ELVIO TINTERO  $12.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Well, finally a fruity one from the get go. The last two vintages have required aeration and aging before blossoming. The group noted ripe pear and honey. Spot on arneis./ Yes, white and yellow fruits and flowers. Tender and flattering acidity. 16.5.
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(WT061020-02) 18 ORVIETO CLASSICO, CANTINA CARDETO  $9.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. Just vinous upon opening. Later, peach aromas emerged./ Pretty quiet, aromatically. Shows some nice malvasia almond aspects. This opened up for the group to show greater flavor range, plus, good acid and minerality. And length. 16.1+.
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(WT061020-03) 19 CHATEAU LAMOTHE, BORDEAUX BLANC  $14.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; at Montignac; 86% sauvignon blanc, 14% semillon. Very fresh and crisp sauvignon, mainly citrus fruit./ Well some juicy passion fruit comes forth on the palate to join the citrus. Delish. A quaffer for summertime pleasure. 16.4.
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(WT061020-04) 18 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE PAUL BUISSE  $14.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; from clay-limestone slopes of the Cher. Crisp and northern grown sauvignon, grapefruit oriented. Very vigorous./ Juicy in the mouth. Good minerality. Well balanced. 16.4.
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(WT061020-05) SORRY, SOLE OUT 17 CHATEAU BRIOT, BORDEAUX BLANC  $8.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; at Cessac; all sauvignon blanc; Gold Medal - Paris. Fully fresh 17, ripe and tender. Subtle and alluring aromas./ Stony, minerally, and crisp palate. Age has added body and complexity. At it best for the rest of the year. Bargain. 16.5.
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(WT061020-06) 19 PICPOUL DE PINET, JADIX  $12.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Full, and subtly floral and fruity. I think the back-label descriptors of 'acacia, hawthorn, and pear' are accurate./ Full and round. Not hot; wears its strength well. Refreshing acidity and minerality. Flavorful. 16.4.
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(WT061020-07) (19) FRANCAIS PINOT NOIR ROSE L'INSTANT, CLEMENT & FLORIAN BERTHIER  $11.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ROSE) 12.5%; from Coteaux du Giennois. Bright and sweet cherry northern pinot aroma. Vivacious./ Flavorful, pinot plump, delish, balanced. A summer quaffer. 16.5.
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(WT061020-08) 19 COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE, DOMAINE DES BLAIS  $15.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ROSE) 13%. Some H2S on opening. The fruit is clearly sweet, but the aromas are masked./ Yeah, this is compromised by sulphur, but I can still get some good fruit under its veil. Cherry and strawberry. Moderate acidity. 15.8+.
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(WT061020-09) NV LA COMMUNAUTE EUROPEENNE ROUGE, VIEUX PAPE  $5.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12%. Combo of fruity and vinous. Juicy purple berries: loganberry, boysenberry./ Medium bodied. Attractive flow. Mild tannin. Good acid. Flavorful. An intriguing sleeper. Would like to know more about its background. 16.2.
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(WT061020-10) 15 CHATEAU HAUT MAZIERES, BORDEAUX  $9.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; at Rauzan; 65% merlot, 20% cab sauv, 15% cab franc. Dry for 15. In a mid age trough. Many are. Sweet 15 merlot cherry fruit still showing though./ Dry, but juicy enough fruit of 15 at age 4 plus. Some tannin. Deserves to be cellared further. 15.9+.
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(WT061020-11) 16 CHATEAU ROQUEBRUNE, BORDEAUX CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $10.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; at Cenac; 85% cab sauv on clay-gravel, 15% merlot on clay-limestone. Very bright and juicy. 16 tailoring. Lovely cabernet form./ Cabernet black currant emerges on the palate. 16 stylish all the way. Now and later. Bargain. 16.3+.
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(WT061020-12) 16 CHATEAU BEAUSEJOUR CUVEE PRESTIGE, FRONSAC  $16.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 15%; all merlot; a cuvee from the oldest vines.; Gold Medal - Bordeaux. Shows 2016 and Fronsac black fruit and old vines concentration./ No barrel signs,--part of the reason for its modest price. Well balanced, with fine tannin. Good cellar candidate. A very nice expression of Right Bank Bordeaux merlot. 16.5+.
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(WT061020-13) 17 STORYTELLER LIMITED EDITION ALEXANDER VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $12.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.1%.Spicy with oak and large with ALV power. Cool 2017 moderates, so its not singed./ Good, round, smooth ALV cabernet fruit, with 2017 coolness and acidity. 16.6.
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(WT061020-14) 17 MCWILLIAM'S HANWOOD ESTATE NEW SOUTH WALES SHIRAZ  $9.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRALIA) 13.5%. Very spicy and 17 vigorous. A deal./ Yes, sweet and spicy. Neither strong nor overripe. Delicious balance. 16.5.
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(WT061020-15) 14 PUGLIA NEGROAMARO, FEUDO DI SAN NICOLA  $9.99
06/10/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Dark, ruddy, ripe. 14 firm, dry. Frank and full./ Rich, purple negroamaro fruit. Still a bit 14 tough. Aeration and food with fill it out. 16.3+.
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(WT061720-01) 19 VINHO VERDE FAMEGA, CAVES DA CERCA  $6.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 10.5%. Fizzy./ Fresh, green apple and pear./ Fizzy tingle is drying and refreshing. Good acid edge and tender core. As it airs, a real burst of fruit comes forth. Lingers too. Right on. Deal. 16.6.
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(WT061720-02) 19 KLINKER BRICK MOKELUMNE RIVER ALBARINO  $12.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 12.8%. Some H2S upon opening. Sulphur Under Screwcap. Then light honeysuckle varietal character peeks out./ Light SO2 scratch can't deny the presence of albarino white fruit and flower character. Good body. By the time this was tasted by the group, the sulphur had aired off and it was bursting with fruit character. Even the Europhiles were impressed. 16.4+.
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(WT061720-03) 19 A. A. BADENHORST SECATEURS SWARTLAND CHENIN BLANC  $14.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SOUTH AFRICA) 13.5%. Rich chenin quince and melon. Full textured nose. Presence./ Well padded chenin. Fresh, limey acid too. Well proportioned like a dry Vouvray, and likewise destined for shellfish pairings. 16.5.
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(WT061720-04) 18 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, THE FURST  $14.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ALSACE) 12.5%. Some SO2 nasal scratch. Vinous./ Mild varietal acid so pretty flat and boring, so maybe sulphur suppressed. One group member described it as 'true to varietal; well made.' So I guess it benefitted from aeration. 15.4+.
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(WT061720-05) 18 CHATEAU ROC MEYNARD, BORDEAUX BLANC  $16.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; 50% sauvignon blanc, 50% semillon. Nice and pissy sauvignon pungence. Sauvignon cat pee and semillon body./ Yes, semillon fullness and plumpness. Sauvignon cat pee and lime cut. Works. 16.7.
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(WT061720-06) 18 CHATEAU CASTELNEAU, ENTRE DEUX MERS  $14.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; 40% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 20% muscadelle. Ah, those muscadelle lime peel and walnut husk marks. A complex of all three varietals forms with airing./ Milder flavor, and pretty mild acidity. What will aeration perform? Well, I guess it performed well. No mention from the group and any palate shortcomings. Both were well liked. 16.8/16.3+?
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(WT061720-07) 17 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SAMORENS, FERRATON PERE  $15.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Body and viscosity of grenache blanc and perhaps some marsanne. Low key aromatics of these varietals./ Modest flavor profile and intensity. Vinous. Getting a little straw like with age. 14.8-.
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(WT061720-08) 17 CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE COLUMBIA VALLEY CHARDONNAY  $9.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14%; 100% vinifera rootstock. Light SO2. Light oak. Light, sweet fruit./ Modest all around. Sweetish. Too bad. This used to be old reliable. 15.2.
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(WT061720-09) 19 TOSCANA ROSATO, ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI  $15.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; all sangiovese. Sweet, bright sangiovese rose strawberry. Refreshing./ Sweet strawberry and cherry flavors. Non-aggressive acidity gives nip and etch. And a cleansing finish. Very popular with the group. 16.5.
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(WT061720-10) 19 COTES DU RHONE ROSE RESERVE, CHATEAU MONT REDON  $18.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN ROSE) 13%. Fuller and seemingly stronger (but not by the label info). Greater pungence, depth, and penetration of a grenache-dominant cuvee./ A rich rose for full fare. Again, seems grenache dominant for the round, viscous contribution, which is balanced by racy acidity and good sense of power. Take it to the table. Also very popular with the group. 16.7.
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(WT061720-11) 18 CHIANTI FATTORIA DI SCANNANO, SOC, AGR. ROCCA DI CASTAGNOLI  $14.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; 90% sangiovese, 10% ciliegiolo; unfiltered. OMG! Aromatic richness, spread, and depth cubed! Totally alluring nose, full of sangiovese cherry and tar. Ideal 2018 Chianti./ Yes, racy acid, rich fruit, fine tannin. Touch of game. Complex and generous. A huge hit with the group. 17.0.
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(WT061720-12) 18 LOS VASCOS ESTATE COLCHAGUA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $8.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (CHILE) 14%; all cabernet sauvignon. Well, full of red and black currant, with a top note of clove. Fruit driven, emphatic, and, at the same time, unique./ Sweet, suave, and even handed taste. Full fruit flavor. Enough acid for balance. 16.6.
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(WT061720-13) 18 HAHN CENTRAL COAST GSM  $14.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; 69% grenache, 29% syrah, 2% mourvedre. True GSM range and warmth of varietal characters and seasonings./ Round, juicy, balanced on the approach. Sweet fruit, acid, and power make a triumvirate presentation. Wide appeal and applications. 16.3.
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(WT061720-14) 18 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES L'ENCLAVE LA JASSINE, BIELER PERE  $14.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 15.3%; Valreas grown; 60% grenache, 40% syrah. The crisp bite and black fruit of northern Rhone Meridionale. Valreas specific. Richness of the vintage. Surpasses the 2016 for sure./ Medium weight and good flow of a Valreas rouge. A wine of place. Smooth Bieler styling. Well balanced. Who would guess 15.3%?! Very popular with the group. 16.6.
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(WT061720-15) 16 CHIANTI RUFINA RISERVA CASTELLO DI NIPOZZANO, FRESCOBALDI  $18.99
06/17/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Barrel aging has opened this one out nicely. It's not reticent. Sangiovese anise and barrel seasonings./ Large, round, spicy. Deep bing cherry flavor. Good acidity. Giving. I've had more 'important' vintages of this, yet this one will fill the bill. The price is lower than it used to be too. 16.6+.
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