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(WT070120-01) 16 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, DOMAINE EDMOND CORNU  $25.99
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%. Maturing, warm-grains bouquet with a sharp edge of aligote nostril etch./ Yes, maturing admirably. Good 16 extract grip. Brisk aligote acidity. Well liked by the group. 16.3.
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(WT070120-02) 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, DOMAINE MICHEL LAFARGE  $27.99
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Fresher, brighter. 2017 lithe and fruity. Sense of depth behind it all. Aligote doree versus a different clone exhibited above./ Yes, 2017 levity and come hither appeal. Medium bodied, gently flowing. The gentler acidity of this vintage. 16.5.
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(WT070120-03) 18 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE  $27.99
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Let the games begin! The fireworks! Old vines intensity. Full varietal expression. Complex amalgam of soil contributions./ Rich and well rounded. Enjoy its spread and generosity. 16.8.
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(WT070120-04) 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE CHAMP FOREY, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE  $47.99
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Vines planted between 1932 and 1961. Total production: 75 cases. A tad more maturity to this, and greater 2017 fruit-forward expression. Still, there's a gob of material buoying that up./ Great grip and savor. Full mouth feel. Oh, boy, is this loaded with old vines concentration and dry extract. Chewy. 17.1.
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(WT070120-05) 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE LES AUVONNES AU PEPE, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE  $47.99
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. The vineyard was planted in the 1930s by Sylvain's grandfather. Total production: 25 cases. A heftier, pushier noseful. Turns up the volume. Spread, depth, volume./ Massive and chewy mouthful of old vines fruit material. Very, very harmonious. Suaver than the former. Everlasting finish. 17.5.
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(WT070120-06) 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE CLOS DU ROY, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE  $59.95
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Vines planted between 1932 and 1935. Total production: under 50 cases. Lime and gravel versus clay gives this more lift. Paragon of elegance in the aligote field./ Oh, but chewy constitution on the palate. Mealy, mouthcoating. Gads, what density here. Forever finish. Its alcohol content belies its power. 17.7.
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(WT070120-07) 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE LA CHARME AUX PRETRES, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE  $59.95
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%. Vines planted in 1985. Total production: under 50 cases. The most complex aroma set of the range. This nose intrigues. Completely harmonious, and so full of subtleties that my nose seemingly can encompass them all. This is aligote?!/ Again, total harmony of a huge range of taste aspects. It all hangs together so well...and hangs around a long time! 17.9.
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(WT070120-08) 16 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET MORGEOT PREMIER CRU, DOMAINE VINCENT & SOPHIE MOREY  $59.95
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%. Whoa! Culture shock! Oak, malo, chardonnay. The full Burgundian barrel regimen here: lees, barrel extracts, barrel-time bouquet. Chassagne round and inviting./ Good volume and grip, as well as confirmation of the aroma range. Some 2016 chewy extract to counter the Chassagne plushness. Well crafted, and, in the present market, a decided bargain. A big hit with the group. Orders taken. 17.8.
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(WT070120-09) 19 MARSANNAY ROSE, DOMAINE COLLOTTE  $22.99
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY ROSE) 12.5%. Impressively full color for a pinot noir rose./ Well, now, its own thing. Definitely fuller than Loire's pinot roses. A beautiful spread of fruits and flowers. Including cherry and cherry blossom. A genuinely complex rose. 2018 rich too./ Yes, richly fruity in the mouth. This just spreads out all over. What more could you want in a pinot noir rose? Best Marsannay rose I've tasted. 17.3.
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(WT070120-10) 19 GIGONDAS ROSE, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN  $25.99
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY ROSE) 13%. Actually a little paler than the Marsannay./ Some sulphur to start. Too bad. I can't get under it. The group will likely have better luck after aeration. There's surprising levity and low alcohol here for a Gigondas rose and Saint Damien wine./ Some sulphur grip suppresses the flavor too. As expected, by the time the group tasted this a couple of hours later, and multiple pours served to aerate it, the sulphur dissipated. Notes of raspberry and peach emerged after aeration. Much positive commentary. Under the circumstances, I can offer no rating number.
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(WT070120-11) 19 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE MARCEL LAPIERRE  $34.99
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE RHONE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%. I'm surprised this is so fruity and already accomplished. We waited a lot longer to taste the 2018. Vintage matters--more in a sense of style rather than 'quality'. The Lapierre Morgon material is here. The wine has third dimension. It's just not as compact as the 18./ A round, rich, large-scale Morgon in the mouth. Flavorful and harmonious. Plenty of Morgon pie cherry fruit. Geez, this doesn't have to be assigned to the wine cellar, though it will distinguish itself there. The group was impressed. 17.1.
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(WT070120-12) 16 RASTEAU CUVEE 1921, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES  $26.99
07/01/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE RHONE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; vines planted in 1921; unfiltered. Culture shock again. This is entirely ripe and powerful. To my tastes, it's a little over the top: singed. Can't fault the effort to give, give, give./ Well, not so roti on the palate. Full warmth, volume, power. And less singe. Going to need some hearty fare. The group too noted a full degree of ripeness and also a countering measure of brightness and lift as the wine evolved. 16.6.
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(WT070820-01) CARTIZZE VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE, CANTINE UMBERTO BORTOLOTTI  $29.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 11.5%; est. 1947; Marc de Grazia selection. Sweet and gentle on the nose. The mousse is very fine, and the glera aroma of apple, and even baked apple in a Cartizze, is spot on./ As usual, Cartizze is more extra dry than brut. Good acidity performs a balancing act, and the extra fine mousse lifts it above the fray. A classy prosecco. 17.1.
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(WT070820-02) 2019 ROERO ARNEIS, AZ. AGR. MALVIRA  $16.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. That's an elegant, completely formed, and crystal clear arneis aroma. Light stone fruit and flowers./ Bright acidity and citricity on the palate. Not one of the more viscous ones, this is dry, clear, lithe, engaging, and refreshing. 16.7.
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(WT070820-03) 2019 COSTIERES DE NIMES AUZAN BLANC, CHATEAU L'ERMITAGE  $12.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; 60% roussanne, 20% grenache, 20% viognier. Roussanne roundness, padding, and some roussanne peachiness. Grenache dryness, foundation. Airs of viognier honeysuckle. Well crafted./ Dry and quite full. Roussanne and grenache basis. Good acidity. Dash of viognier astringency. These have proven ageworthy, but I think I'd like to use this 2019 in its first year. 16.3.
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(WT070820-04) 2019 ORVIETO CLASSICO VIGNARCO, AZ. AGR. PALAZONE  $11.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Sweet and lively, upbeat aroma of stone fruit and citrus./ Medium bodied, racy palate. Not much flavor formation yet. Maybe that will come out later in the evening. But I guess it didn't. Likely travel weary. Try again in a few weeks. 16.1+.
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(WT070820-05) 2019 IAN BRAND LA MAREA KRISTY VINEYARD MONTEREY ALBARINO  $21.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.2%; grown on a bench of ancient seabed west of the Salinas River. Half whole cluster, half crushed. 50 degree fermentation. Intense varietal character./ Again. All peach and citrus and hazelnut. Full blown California take. 16.7.
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(WT070820-06) 2017 CHABLIS, DOMAINE THIERRY MOTHE  $21.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5% Light H2S aura. Taking on a nutty patina of bouquet at age 2.5. There's a solid calcaire basis./ Round, soft, and inviting style of 2017. Nice citrus tang. And the calcaire echoes on the palate. No sulphur on the palate. 16.3.
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(WT070820-07) 2019 COSTIERES DE NIMES AUZAN ROSE, CHATEAU L'ERMITAGE  $12.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%; 50% grenache, 25% syrah, 25% mourvedre. Wisp of H2S under screwcap dissipates quickly. Then raspberry and strawberry aromatic delights spew forth./ The palate still retains some youthful astringency and grip, though the flavor gets through. OK acidity. Likely better in fall. 16.2+.
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(WT070820-08) 2018 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE FOURREY  $19.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; grown in the Chablis area. The nose pleases. It's fresh, crisp, bright, and northern leaning. Sweet red cherry. The vintage carries this. It might be too lean and tart in a cold vintage./ Yes, plenty of fruit ripeness with northern-grown temperance. Balanced, flavorful, lasting. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. 16.4.
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(WT070820-09) 2018 COSTIERES DE NIMES AUZAN, CHATEAU L'ERMITAGE  $12.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 40% mourvedre, 40% syrah, 20% grenache. Wow, is this spicy! Clove-cinnamon spice drops. Can't ID any of the varietal components., though plenty of sweet fruit is evident./ Spice more subdued on the palate and leans toward cracked peppercorns, both black and green. The dark fruited mourvedre takes the lead. Good acidity and grip. Something off the grill would be appropriate. 16.3.
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(WT070820-10) 2017 TERRA ALTA VIA EDETANA, EDETARIA  $21.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; 60% garnacha, 30% syrah, 10% carignan. Dark purple color./ Deep and earthy, even a little smoky. Brooding. Nose runs way deep. Sweet, dark, smoked berries./ A mouthful of flavors and textures. Likely barrel aged. I can see paying a premium for this large, generous, potent, complex tinto. 17.0+.
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(WT070820-11) 2018 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO LUCANTO, TENUTA TORRE RAONE  $12.99
07/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Power, presence, fruit, penetration. Warm and enveloping, spicy./ Yes, warm and savory fruit spread. Fine acidity and overall balance. Light tannin cling. Satisfying mouthful inviting of food. In keeping with the series. Doesn't back off, following the Terra Alta. Different breed of cat. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. 16.7+.
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(WT071520-01) 2019 MACON VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT  $12.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Upon opening, very green appley. Plenty of malic acid. Still on the sharp side in youth./ Yes, acid edge to the extreme. I'd like to give this a chance to round out some. Takes crispness to the limit. Long aftertaste. Well, apparently, this rounded and filled out further after aeration, because, an hour later, the tasting panel gave it the high marks. Orders taken. 16.3+.
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(WT071520-02) 2019 CHEVERNY, DOMAINE DE SALVARD  $17.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; 85% sauvignon blanc, 15% chardonnay; Kermit Lynch selection. Well, quite an expressive nose. Lime and passion fruit. I suppose the chardonnay gives it some cushion./ More citrus and soft tropical fruits. As well as white peach. Really great acidity. And great length. Delicious. A panel favorite. 16.6.
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(WT071520-03) 2018 MUSCADET KATHAROS LOUISE CHEREAU, CHEREAU CARRE  $18.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%; 'sans soufre ajoute'. That usually raises a red flag for me, but other than being pretty dull and relatively high pH, there are no issues./ Where's the flavor? Where's the texture? Underlying suggestion of oxidation; no surprise. The panel was not amused. 13.2.
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(WT071520-04) 2019 SAVOIE JONGIEUX ROSE, DOMAINE EUGENE CARREL  $12.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Cheery, pleasant, innocent in youth. Hasn't reached fruition yet./ Yeah, just a bud. The 2018 tasted just a month back was all about what this wine should be. Wait out the 2019. 15.5+.
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(WT071520-05) 2019 TOSCANA ROSE TM, TENUTA MONTETI  $14.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY ROSE) 13%; 80% merlot, 20% cabernet franc. Fuller, rounder, richer nose. Hints of merlot red cherry and cabernet franc red raspberry. Distinct differences marked by encepagement, latitute, and altitude./ More power, more give, more voluminous mouthfeel. Still somewhat strapped in for youth. Overall very satisfying and worthy of taking to the table now. 16.4.
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(WT071520-06) 2018 COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS GRANDE RESERVE, LA MAXIMUS  $9.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%; 85% pinot noir, 15% gamay; Gold Medal - Gilbert & Gaillard. This does the job. Rich, round pinot noir suggestive of fruit from both northern and southern limits of the region. I mean, there's a crisp edge and plush center. And the gamay supplies additional vivacity./ Wow, bright and spicy cherry and clove flavors. Anything but traditional; everything about delightful. Deal! 16.3.
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(WT071520-07) 2012 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE SARAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR  $12.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; 75% cab sauv, 25% merlot. Dark fruited, firm centered 2012 claret, with the cabernet majority furthering both causes. A patina of bottle bouquet, but by no means into a fully mature state at age seven plus./ Rounded with age. Well balanced. But in something of a through, aroma/flavor wise. If I had it in my cellar, I'd keep it there at least another couple of years. Nonetheless, when the panel tasted it after an extra hour's aeration, it put on a full display and was one of the favorites of the evening. 16.4+.
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(WT071520-08) 2014 CHATEAU ROLAND LA GARDE TRADITION, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX  $12.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; 80% merlot, 20% cab sauv; eleve en futs de chene. A little reductive stinky to start. Surely more power and depth here. A degree of 2014 surliness persists./ More fruit pleasure on the palate, with that tough 2014 tannin hanging in there. Good cellar prospect. 16.6+.
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(WT071520-09) 2016 LUBERON, CHATEAU VAL JOANIS  $17.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; syrah, grenache. Well, this is more open armed and has a wider spread. Younger than the last two, but more southern. Seems to be at a sweet spot, aromatically./ Syrah dark berries, grenache red fruit and peppercorn. Harmonious, well crafted, as always here. Tannin yet, including a little green tannin. That's Med 2016. Nose says go, palate says wait. 16.5/16.3+.
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(WT071520-10) 2016 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA SER LAPO, SOC. AGR. MARCHESI MAZZEI  $34.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 90% sangiovese, 10% merlot. Rich, complex, intriguing range of varietal and barrel impacts. This is one sophisticated, upscale CCR./ Yes, on the palate it spreads WAY out and entertains with multi flavors and plenty of textural range. Tannin under control. Long, complicated finish. Eminently well crafted, balanced. Take it to the table. 17.5.
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(WT071520-11) 2009 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA, BODEGAS RAMON BILBAO  $39.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; 90% tempranillo, 5% ea mazuelo, graciano. Geez, deep and complicated. Multi-faceted barrel and bottle bouquets. Richness and ripeness of 2009. Barrel time over obvious oak extracts./ Sweet 2009 fruit balanced by good acid and light fruit and oak tannins. Very, very long finish. Deal. 17.6.
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(WT071520-12) 2018 COTES DE GASCOGNE L'ETE GASCON, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT  $14.99
07/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11%; 80% gros manseng 10% ea chardonnay, petit manseng. The reward! The relief! Oh, what a sumptuous range of peach, apricot, pineapple , lemon custard, and vanilla aromas./ Yes, with great acid to supply lift and refreshment. Less sweet and powerful than, say, Sauternes, this is its own thing. A 'secret' category of wine--sweet Gascogne--that I adore for style and for value. Flavor range confirms aromatics. What a lithe treat in its vernacular. 17.3.
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(WT07220-11) GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE  $27.99
07/22/0 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 80% grenache, 10% ea syrah, mourvedre. More breadth, depth, and power (though the same ABV statement). Same encepagement, so we're looking at terroir here, and it's the Gigondas large charge all the way. Fruitier and more revealing. Lots of Gigondas warm red and black fruits./ Rich and generous mouthful. More forward, open, giving than the Vacqueyras. Dynamic. 17.1+.
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(WT072220-01) 19 CHATEAU BONNET, ENTRE DEUX MERS  $16.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; proprietor Andre Lurton at Grezillac; 50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle. Under a veil of H2S (screwcap), there's a positively scintillating display of sauvignon ruby red and tropics, semillon lemon curd, and muscadelle linden. Curmudgeon Andre passed away not long ago, and the next generation is taking this inconsistent wine to the front ranks./ Rich, lush, round semillon basis, with sauvignon and muscadelle aromatic airs hovering over. Long and complex, flavorful finish. 16.9.
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(WT072220-02) 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET  $23.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Time to recalibrate the senses in order to be fair to this one. Sometimes young to old is not the best order. Plenty of volume here, and plenty of virtues. If not overtly calcareous, it has a strong foundation of crisp, northern Burgundy chardonnay./ Well, the grip of calcaire certainly makes itself known on the palate, while the fruit remains abundant. Eminently well balanced from all standpoints, as well as meal worthy. 16.6.
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(WT072220-03) 17 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET  $26.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Definitely more material here, and, given the vintages' natures, more than a year's difference in maturity. Terroir and old vines intensity./ Dense, heavy, earthy, especially for 2017. Possibly a tad corky, but I don't think so. I've gotten that impression from previous vintages also. Not my favorite Seguinot cuvee. 15.8.
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(WT072220-04) 19 COTES DU RHONE ROSE NYMPHEA, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES  $14.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; organically grown at Travaillon; 50% grenache, 40% cinsault, 7% mourvedre, 3% counoise. Very bright and uplifting. I applaud the high cinsault content. It elevates the wine beyond its sweet strawberry grenache basis./ Well, the grenache sweetness sets the direction. Everything else falls in line for an harmonious and thoroughly pleasing presentation. Enough acidity for balance. Fulfilled; take it to the table now. 16.7.
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(WT072220-05) 16 CHATEAU MIQUEU, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $14.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Vertheuil, next to Saint Estephe; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot; Gold Medal - Macon. Full of red and black fruits. More fruitful than many a 2016, or maybe some of them are starting to open up more. Depth and texture./ Plenty of fruit on the palate too. A delicious and yielding 2016 claret, really. Violets and other flowers on the long aftertaste. Bravo. 16.9+.
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(WT072220-06) 14 CHATEAU LIEUJEAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $14.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Saint Sauveur, next to Pauillac; 75% cab sauv, 25% merlot. Cork looks compromised, but not sign of oxidation on the nose. Just another 2014 toughie./ Dry, tannic, astringent. But well built and balanced. Air and age. Let's see if it opens up some with a couple of hours' aeration. 16.1+.
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(WT072220-07) 18 ARDECHE SYRAH, DOMAINE ERIC ET JOEL DURAND  $15.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. This has been reductive several vintages, the 2017 not so much so. The 2018 is reductive, but not offensively so. Purple fruits and flowers. Very pure./ Again, the sense of reduction in youth. Good texture and fine tannin. The astringency that comes with reduction. Check it out in a couple of hours. I have confidence. 16.3+.
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(WT072220-08) 18 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES  $14.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; organically grown at Travaillon; 70% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 10% carignan. Culture shock: from north to south, from syrah to grenache. Oh, and it's a beautifully sweet strawberry and cranberry 2018 grenache nose. Mourvedre throwing in some purple berries like boysenberries, and carignan a dash of cherry liqueur./ Full in the mouth, with body, acid, texture, and fine tannin. Balanced. Sweetly fruity finish. Has the makings. Useful now too. 16.5.
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(WT072220-09) 17 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE  $23.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 80% grenache, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre. A tad reductive. Nice warmth and generosity of fruit that always marks this wine. A spread of fruits and spices./ Warmth and body in the mouth. Savory. Medium-full. Young. Yet to branch out. 16.7+.
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(WT072220-10) 17 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE  $23.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 80% grenache, 10% ea syrah, mourvedre. More compact as usual. Black depths. Hard to read upon opening./ Plusher mouthfeel than expected. And more flavor than aroma. Still, large charge of tannin at this point. Let's see what a couple of hours will do. 16.5+.
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(WT072220-12) 17 BANDOL, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE  $26.99
07/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 72% mourvedre, 20% grenache, 6% cinsault, 1% ea syrah, carignan. Oh, boy, talk about purple depths. That mourvedre purple plum pulp and peel stuff--the small variety with lots of peel to pulp ratio. Well over the minimum mourvedre content here. Big time aromatic depth./ Engaging degree of padding and accessibility. Bountiful fruit. Balance of richness and acidity, with nearly melted tannins. I could take this to the table now. You'll pay twice and much for Tempier and have to lay it down for years. 17.5.
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(WT072920-01) 19 LES HAUTS DE LAGARDE, BORDEAUX BLANC  $14.99
07/29/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; at Saint Laurent du Bois in Entre Deux Mers; 60% sauvignon, 40% semillon; organically grown. Sauvignon flair, semillon basis. A rightful assemblage. Coordinated./ Yes, good semillon viscosity and padding, and racy, edgy sauvignon acid and grassy, citrusy flavors. Lemon-lime and dash of passion fruit. Salivating. Long, flavorful finish. 16.5.
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(WT072920-02) 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE  $15.99
07/29/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; 80% viognier, 20% grenache blanc; organically grown. Decided viognier flair. Honeysuckle and brisk citricity. Solid grenache blanc foundation./ Still some apple blossom fermentation residuals with accompanying astringency Viognier bitterness too. Needs a few weeks to settle in. Or maybe just hours. Later in the evening, the group's notes emphasized viognier's varietal character on nose and palate alike. Super flavorful, racy acidity. 16.1+.
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(WT072920-03) 18 MENETOU-SALON MOROGUES LA TOUR SAINT MARTIN, DOMAINE MINCHIN  $15.99
07/29/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13.5%; sauvignon blanc grown on Kimmeridgian limestone. A good example. Smokier than your average Sancerre. The fullness of 2018./ Peach nectar feel and flavor that remind me of a Pouilly Fume. Satisfying 2018 body and food-worthiness. Put it to use. Well liked by the group. 16.2.
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