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(WT080520-01) 19 VOUVRAY, LE PEU DE LA MORIETTE, DOMAINE PICHOT  $21.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%; est. 1770; 'slightly dry'; Daniel Haas selection. Melon, lime, quince, calcaire: the whole package. Harmonious presentation./ Definitely off dry. The acid is coated, but it manages to break through as the wine lengthens on the palate. Very young, but well positioned. 16.6+.
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(WT080520-02) 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE FILS DES GRAS MOUTONS, DOMAINE CLAUDE BRANGER  $15.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE ) 12%; est. 1915; vines average 36 years. Dry and discreet. More about form than fragrance. Good 2018 build./ Rightful sur bois flavors define it Muscadet. Old vines grip. Acid and proper tender core. A classic, really, if slightly understated at this stage. Turns out all it needed was a couple of hours' more aeration to pour its heart out. A big group favorite.16.5+.
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(WT080520-03) 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL & BENOIT DROIN  $28.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; Eric Solomon selection. Big and bold. Shows why some call Muscadet the 'poor man's Chablis'. This is monstrous by comparison. Really lots of nostril-filling dry extract and calcaire./ Ample mouthful of feel and flavor to confirm the nasal impressions. Steely acid. Very, very satisfying bulk. Popular with the group. 17.2.
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(WT080520-04) 19 RIOJA ALAVESA ROSADO, BODEGAS OSTATU  $15.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%; est. 1908. Full scarlet color./ Well, isn't this pretty in pink. Strawberry chiffon. Vanilla-dipped strawberries./ After the gentle nose, surprising brisk and racy on the palate. Unique and harmonious. Sandy Alavesa is great rose country. Very popular with the group; case orders taken. 16.6.
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(WT080520-06) 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, FRANCOIS CARILLON  $27.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; Daniel Haas selection. A lively, round, red-fruit oriented Cote de Beaune pinot. Carillon's well measured approach. Fruit deepens with aeration. Material and harmony./ Oh, the fruit turns deep and dark on the palate. Wonderful extract, fine tannin, flavor concentration. On and on. The palate is superstar material. Very popular with the group. 17.0+.
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(WT080520-07) 11 BEAUNE LES GREVES PREMIER CRU, JEAN-CLAUDE BOISSOT  $34.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 11-14%. Beaune pinot's indescribable village definition. It seems to speak for the whole Cote at once. Premier Cru full and more than ample than the average 2011. At a mellow stage of maturity./ Yes, well along. No grey hairs, but no sense in keeping it into 2021. However, it never failed during several hours of aeration, so maybe it's good for a longer run. A gracious Beaune. 17.4.
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(WT080520-08) 15 LA BECASSE, LISTRAC  $27.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; half each cab sauv, merlot. Very elegant for Listrac. Must be from the gravelly section closer to the estuary. Best La Becasse I've tasted, benefitting from the vintage's warmth yet also establishing its own elegant style./ Good Listrac earthy substance and grip, all the while featuring innate La Becasse charm. Real success. Fine tannin promises longevity. However, it took a turn for worse when it was presented to the group a couple of hours later. Not well received. Lucky me. 16.9+.
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(WT080520-09) 15 CLOS DES MENUTS, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION  $32.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; 85% merlot, 10% cab sauv, 5% cab franc; Gold Medal - Paris. Fine contrast. Merlot and Saint Emilion abundance. Signs of barrel aging add to the fruit complex and Grand Cru terroir. Writes a book on Saint Emilion./ Dark, dense, sweet, round merlot with good complement of acid and tannin. Splendidly well proportioned and representative of its AOC and classification. Well liked by the group. 17.3+.
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(WT080520-10) 17 VACQUEYRAS CUVEE DES DEUX FRERES, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL  $23.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; J. C. Mathes' original container-assemblage site. Wow, Mr. Big! Alcohol fills the nostrils and carries along a rich, ripe compote of fruit complexes. Montmirails used to be meeker. Today's are full blown./ Fully ripe and powerful, without going over the top. For hearty fare, no doubt. 17.0+.
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(WT080520-11) 18 ARTEZIN OLD VIN MENDOCINO ZINFANDEL  $16.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.8%. Never falters. Always Mendocino black fruited, black peppery. Full bramble sweetness and concentration./ Carries over on the palate; the sweet fruit, the brambly seediness, the peppercorns. Balance of sweetness and power. Old reliable. 17.0.
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(WT080520-12) 17 URZIGER WURZGARTEN RIESLING SPATLESE, WEINGUT LOSEN-BOCKSTANZ  $17.99
08/05/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 8%. Nostril etching acid and extract. Really zingy. Not especially Wurzgarten 'spicy'. More about texture than aroma./ Certainly has fruit sweetness, but mineral extract is to the fore. The acid is a little coated in youth. This has plenty of presence and potential. 16.7+.
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(WT081220-01) 19 PENEDES BLANCO CUVEE SELECTION GESSAMI, FAMILIA GRAMONA  $16.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 11%; half sauvignon blanc, plus muscats frontignan and alexandria, and gewurztraminer; vines 35-50 years old; organically grown; Eric Solomon selection. What it intends to be. Sauvignon blanc grassiness to the fore, backed by floral and stone fruit aromas of the other players./ Super aromatic and delicious. Sauvignon acidity cuts through muscat richness and gewurz viscosity. Gewurz bitterness sweeps the palate clean at the end. Very popular with the group. 16.3.
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(WT081220-02) 18 SANCERRE, CHARLES DEBOURGES  $24.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. 2018 concentration. Seems to have lost its youthful pizzazz. Going heavy now./ No longer showing much sauvignon spunk. At least it's well textured for mealtime use. 15.2.
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(WT081220-03) 18 CHABLIS, SIMONNET-FEBVRE  $25.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Those nice, clean lints that mark a Simonnet Chablis. Minerally, almost steeling in its cold and calculated approach. Chablis is about winemaking choices as wella s terroir./ Greater soft ness and roundness on the palate than the nose suggested. Still, it retains the house style. Very clean finish. 16.5.
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(WT081220-04) 18 MACON VILLAGES, DOMAINE HENRI PERRUSSET  $21.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; at Farges; Kermit Lynch selection. Culture shock. South versus North Burgundy. Rounder, softer, riper fruit presentation. Faithful to Maconnais chardonnay's apple-citrus melange./ Markedly softer than the Chablis. Reasonable flavor and texture spreads. Faithful to the vernacular. 16.3.
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(WT081220-05) 19 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES ROSE, CHATEAU THIVIN  $18.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; Kermit Lynch selection. Very pretty and precise gamay rose strawberry aroma. Persists and builds as it airs. Good crisp edge./ Yes, this just keeps filling out Expansive texture and flavor that end up fully satisfying. Juicy aftertaste. Would love this with saddle of hare. This continued to blossom throughout the evening and was a big group favorite. 16.7.
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(WT081220-06) 19 COTES DU LOT MALBEC ROSE COUTALE, DOMAINE PHILIPPE BERNEDE  $12.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ROSE) 14.5%; Kermit Lynch selection. Softer, broader, and more powerful. Penetrating, cool aromas. Kudos for its generosity./ Power countered by richness. Malbec peels pepperiness. Nothing held back; all about give versus finesse. Needs food though. Nice value. How many heady roses are out there? Well, Gigondas for one, but it's twice as expensive. This is a true winter rose. 16.5.
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(WT081220-07) 18 COTE DE NUITS VILLAGES, DOMAINE GACHOT-MONOT  $34.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE GURGUNDY) 13%; at Corgoloin, south of Nuits St. Georges; 40-45 year old vines; Kermit Lynch selection. Deep, dark, plummy Nuits pinot nose. Well extracted./ Large ih the mouth. Flavors restrained by peel tannins. Altogether power packed Nuits pinot requiring cellaring. This continued to expand throughout the evening, becoming a group favorite. 16.8+.
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(WT081220-08) 18 CHATEAU BLOUIN, BORDEAUX  $11.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; chateau bottled; proprietor Isabelle Valbom, at Arveyres. Sweet and abundant 2018 merlot-rich claret. Euro restraint and reserve nonetheless. The cherry fruit runs deep./ Fully confirmed on the fruit-rich, tannin-controlled palate. A well balanced, flavorful presentation. 16.3+.
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(WT081220-09) 15 BARBARESCO, ALASIA  $29.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; by Cantina Araldica; aged two years in large Slavonian oak casks. The usual old time restraints of this are loosened by 2015 ripeness and abundance. Plenty of fruit up front and still the tarry mass in the background. Not a modern nebbiolo despite the ripe vintage./ Classic cherry, tar, and rose suggestions. Like a port, there's that 'grip of the gob', the core of fruit, tar, and tannin. Especially ample for Barbaresco. Destined for the cellar. 16.6+.
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(WT081220-10) 13 CHATEAUN EUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE BERTHET-RAYNE  $34.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 65% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 10% cinsault, 5% syrah; organically grown. Long Cork Award. Not as advanced and bouqueted as the other 2013 Chateauneufs we've had on occasion over the last three years. Actually, pretty autistic./ Yeah, lack of bouquet development and retention of tannin upon opening. As the evening progressed, aeration proved its benefits. The bouquet became more expansive, showing a complex of cracked pepper and spice box notes. The texture became more savory. Widely liked by the group, especially at its price point. 16.3+.
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(WT081220-11) 17 TERRA D'ORO DEAVER VINEYARD AMADOR ZINFANDEL  $28.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; vines planted in 1881. Heavy Bottle Award. More power than the label suggests. Old vines depth and concentration. That Amador singed fruit quality. American oak char, vanillin, and dill nuances./ Ample mouthful. Super ripe, rich, and long lasting. Youthful, muscular, finely tannic. Definite cellar candidate. 17.0+.
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(WT081220-12) 16 CHATEAU LAUVIGNAC CUVEE SAHUC, SAUTERNES HALF BOTTLE  $18.99
08/12/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; at Preignac. Honied sweetness. Drying effect of a good level of botrytis. That 2016 Sauternes 'sass' quality./ Yes, deep honey, citrus, pineapple, and tinges of botrytis tea and tobacco. Fine sweet-acid balance. Highly desirable 2016 Sauternes. A big group favorite. 17.1.
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(WT081920-01) 19 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES  $9.99
08/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; 50% colombard, 25% each ugni blanc, gros manseng. Dazzling and penetrating aromas of sharp green colombard, softer green ugni, and round, golden manseng. Goes way deep thanks to the manseng./ Flavors of spring grass, lime, and soft tropical fruits. Scintillating fruit acidity just vibrates on the palate. Long, tangy, flavorful finish. A top vintage of this. 16.9.
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(WT081920-04) 18 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, ALBERT BICHOT  $18.99
08/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%; est. 1831. Deep, penetrating, green, sappy, mealy aligote./ Yes, talks the aligote talk on the palate too. It's basic fare compared to some the high flyers we've tasted lately. Yet accurate, and well priced. Has green fruit flavor and good acidity. A workaday aligote that will prove versatile at the table. 16.4.
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(WT081920-05) 18 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, DOMAINE WEINBACH  $25.99
08/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ALSACE) 13%; at Kaysersberg. From the Laurence and Clos de Capuchins vineyards. 70% pinot auxerrois, 30% pinot blanc. Weinbach clear and intense. Auxerrois fleshes it out. Mentions of golden delicious apple, green apple, and pear aromas./ Soft acid of the varietals. Auxerrois creaminess. Though the RS is threshold, there were comments on the wine's 'sweetness'. Probably due to mild acidity combined with auxerrois's high glycerol content. Damn good overall. 16.7.
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(WT081920-06) 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE  $12.99
08/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; roussanne, marsanne, viognier. Spells these varieties in the relatively cool setting of northern Gard. I imagine these vines are pretty old by now, since this has been the constitution of the blanc for many years. Roussanne peach, marsanne marl, viognier honeysuckle./ Round and medium-full in flavor and body. An harmonious cuvee, with mealworthy vinosity. Later, in a warm ambient, some tasters though the alcohol a little much. 16.5.
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(WT081920-07) 19 PAYS D'OC CINSAULT ROSE, MONT GRAVET  $9.99
08/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN ROSE) 12%; Melvin Master selection. Well, that's cinsault rose. A red raspberry, cranberry, and orange peel scented crisp, light hearted rose with no pretensions of grandeur./ Light bodied, gentle, flowing. The opposite end of the spectrum from Tavel, this is fit for tea sandwiches and other dainty fare. 16.2.
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(WT081920-09) 14 RIOJA RESERVA, BODEGAS LAN  $19.99
08/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%; tempranillo, mazuelo. 2014 dark fruit, yet surprisingly sweet and supple for the vintage. Attractive and traditional AMERICAN oak barrel leachings as well as barrel-earned suavity./ Lots of American oak vanillin, char, and dill. Plenty of body. Tannin yet to resolve. I'd be cellaring this 2-3 years. Well liked by the group. 16.9+.
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(WT081920-10) 18 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE  $12.99
08/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault. Wow! Gard fresh and ventilating cool red fruits. Great depth and sweetness of aroma. Lush and lovely. Classic DSA./ Rose and garrigue highlights. Gentle flow. I felt he Villages tasted a couple of weeks back showed more oomph on the palate, not without expectations. Nonetheless, the group was crazy about this DSA too, and it's three bucks cheaper. Plenty of early appeal. 16.5.
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(WT081920-11) 15 BAROLO ALASIA, CANTINE ARALDICA  $27.99
08/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; aged 3 years in large oak casks. This is sweeter, fuller, and more aromatic than the Barbaresco we tasted last week./ Oh, but there's that tarry core. Overall, more-ish compared to the Barbaresco--including more expensive. And the extra year of cask aging amplifies the experience. Really 2015 fruit laden, which makes it seem 'modern',as well as Barolo built, which marks it 'traditional'. Impressive value, of which the appreciative group took note. 17.2+.
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(WT081920-12) 17 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE CAMPOLIETI, LUIGI RIGHETTI  $19.99
08/19/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; est. 1909; corvina, rondinella, molinara. A sweet and modern ripasso, as always here. One wonders if it isn't appassimento enhanced. Regardless, all good fun./ The levity of the 17 vintage and softness of the tannins invite service in the near term. Flavorful and fetching, I'm dreaming of food matches, because there are many. Widely enjoyed by group members. 16.6.
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(WT082620-01) 19 DOMAINE DAULNY  $23.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%. There's a lot of lift here, more than in some recent vintages. A fruity, straight forward presentation that entices./ The palate is cool, calcareous, and juicy, showing the welcoming ripe fruitiness of 2019. Bitter streak at the finale keeps it honest. 16.3+.
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(WT082620-02) 19 RIAS BAIXAS ALBARINO, BURGANS  $14.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 12.5%; from Val do Salnes; Eric Solomon selection. Some reduction under screwcap. Varietal basis under./ At opening, reduction suppresses the fruit. Once the group got it after aeration, it began to show its stuff, such as citrus, minerals, and sea air-borne saltiness. Crisp acidity and ever-growing flavor. 16.2+.
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(WT082620-03) 19 MINHO ALVARINHO, NORTICO  $15.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (PORTUGAL) 13%; Ole & Obrigado selection. Upon opening, nose accurate but still low key. Nice little tingle to it./ Yeah, dry, dusty, understated. This has been a steady favorite but likely not tasted this young before. Pleasing astringency. This one opened up well for the group too, showing bright varietal character, tropical fruit overtones, and attractive acidity and minerality. 16.4+.
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(WT082620-04) 18 BERGERAC BLANC SEC, CHATEAU LES MIAUDOUX  $14.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; 50% sauvignon, 45% semillon, 5% muscadelle; Becky Wasserman selection. Well , look what an extra year in bottle does! Wisp of H2S departs to reveal attractive Bordeaux area sauvignon assets. Lemongrass sauvignon, lemon curd semillon, touch of muscadelle green mango./ Semillon roundness, sauvignon bright acidity. Full flavor spectrum. Pleasing texture and length too. Semillon waxiness, sauvignon minerality. Orange blossom afterglow. Widely enjoyed by the group. 16.6.
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(WT082620-05) 18 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES BLANC  $18.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; proprietor Arnaud de Butler at Portets. 80% semillon, 20% sauvignon. Understated. Just shipped. Probably should have waited a couple of weeks. Graves material evident, semillon weight but a much aroma yet./ I like the semillon weight, the feel, the balance. Seems to have it all together. Just not pumping out the flavor yet. Let's see how this shows when the group tries it following aeration. Well, it had more to offer later, including terroir, complexity of varietal characters, flavor, balance, and length. Particularly the next day! 16.6+.
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(WT082620-06) 18 ALTO ADIGE PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA TRAMIN  $16.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; Leonardo LoCascio selection. Valid, full bodied, evolving pinot grigio. Taking on a nutty patina./ Apple and peel, some citricity, and nuttiness of a maturing white wine. A lot to offer here in terms of flavor, body, balance, character, minerality, and depth. Enjoyed by the group. 16.1.
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(WT082620-07) 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC RESERVE, CHATEAU MONT REDON  $17.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13.5%; grenache blanc, clairette, bourboulenc, roussanne, picpoul. Light sulphur under screwcap still present in its third year. Admirably traditional southern Rhone dry white encepagement formed of non aromatic varieties. Good heft./ Yes, rightly formed classic emphasizing body over perfume. Thus exceptionally versatile at the table. 16.6.
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(WT082620-08) 19 CHINON ROSE GOUTTE DE ROSE, DOMAINE DE LA NOBLAIE  $14.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13.5%; Jon-David Headrick selection. Light mercaptan under screwcap seems to suppress cabernet franc rose aromatics. With aeration, elegant, subtle aromatics peek out./ More flavor than aroma. Dry. Some astringency, even tannin and bitterness. Quite a full rose, made for the table. 16.0+.
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(WT082620-09) 17 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE LES PIMENTIERS, DOMAINE ARNOUX  $34.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Well, I'm getting the same bountiful 'griottes' Savigny pinot aromas I got last week. (That bottle later turned corky.) Full, penetrating, tactile sensations too./ Juicy flavor of small, wild cherry concentration. Barrel time adds savory complexity. An enormous group favorite. Orders taken. 17.4+.
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(WT082620-10) 16 ALTO ADIGE PINOT NOIR, CANTINA TRAMIN  $18.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; Leonardo Locascio selection. A completely different breed of cat. Crisp, racy, high altitude pinot of the proper degree of ripeness, so no green fruit issues./ Pinot's relative roundness in Alto Adige's pantheon of red varieties. True tart cherry flavor and acidity. Most meal-worthy. The sleeper of the tasting so far. Somewhat controversial with the group--and, admittedly, the Savigny was a tough act to follow. Yet, admirers of this sort of pinot noir styling were huge advocates. 16.6.
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(WT082620-11) 16 RIOJA CRIANZA ARIENZO, MARQUES DE RISCAL  $10.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14%; 95% tempranillo, 5% graciano; 18 months in American oak barrels. Good color saturation for a Rioja of this age./ Sweet fruited, yet with solidity, with form. The oak is well engaged. Looks like Riscal has finally learned how to make an appealing YOUNG red wine./ Proper crianza amalgam of fruit and oak. Fine fruit tannin. Well balanced in all respects. Another sleeper. Kudos. The group had some detractors to the modern styling. Everyone agreed the price was right. 16.7.
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(WT082620-12) 18 CHATEAU PERTHUS, COTES DE BOURG  $12.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14%; mostly merlot.. Dark color/ Black fruited 2018 Bourg. Not overripe but kinda syrupy at 14% concentration./ Yeah, the power carries a burn with it. Let me stop a minute and declare that hay fever may be shutting down some of my sensory prowess, and certainly making the back palate sensitive to alcohol. Seems like a claret designed to attract California-wine fans. Good if not traditional. The group, mainly Europhiles, found this a bit too New-Worldish. 16.2.
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(WT082620-13) 17 COTES CATALANES CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES TESSELLAE, FAMILLE LAFAGE  $14.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; Eric Solomon selection. Warm, large, rich, abundant Lafage styling that Eric Solomon so admires (and uses as a model to craft other French and Spanish wines). Well this is sweet cherry and pepper carignan carried to a logical conclusion./ Big, bold, hot, stalwart, insistent. BBQ match. Not the group's favorite style of French wine. 16.3.
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(WT082620-14) 18 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE  $15.99
08/26/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; near Courthezon; 55% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan; 5% ea cinsault, mourvedre; Eric Solomon selection. A surprising degree of reductive coolness to this, all for the better. May be the vintage talking. Plenty of fruit, the darker varieties making their presence known./ Both body and balance. Wears its spirit well, though there is some heat in the back. Very wide ranging and abundant flavors. Another worthy vintage of this. Conversely, this one seemed to shut down the more it aired, so many in the group thought it needed cellaring. 16.7+.
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