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(WT090220-01) 19 FRANCE LOIRE LES COUTES, DOMAINE PASCAL & NICOLAS REVERDY  $26.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 14.1%; at Maimbray; on Marne clay-limestone; unfiltered; Peter Weygandt selection. Oh, there's some real depth and dimension and minerality to this one. The clay body, the limestone calcaire. Peach and gooseberry auras./ Body, savor, terroir, amplitude. Texturally, one of the most exciting 2019 Sancerres I've tasted. Suitable replacement for the Hippolyte Reverdy. Long finish. Enjoyed by the group. 17.2.
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(WT090220-02) 18 CHATEAU DE CHANTEGRIVE, GRAVES BLANC  $19.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; chateau bottled; Famille Leveque at Podensac; half each semillon, sauvignon. Light H2S. Not much fruit forthcoming. A woody undertow./ Palate pretty quiet, flavor-wise. Has weight; takes up space. Again, the oak suggestion. Let's see what happens after some aeration. Well, not much more. This will require cellaring. 15.8+.
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(WT090220-03) 19 CHABLIS, DOMAINE FOURREY  $23.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%; vineyard between Milly and Fleys; 25 year old vines. Prominently flinty nose. Less fruit and more terroir than earlier vintages. Remains kind of a Johnny One Note./ Medium bodied. Rather dilute, fluid. The group complained about too much malolactic fermentation character for a Chablis. 15.7.
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(WT090220-04) 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, THIERRY & PASCALE MATROT  $26.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; vineyard near Meursault; 30 yr. old vines; aged 10 weeks in barrels, 20% new; Daniel Haas selection. The oak is not yet fully integrated. Puts a lid on the fruit and terroir./ Some of that mealy-grainy Meursault character. There's amplitude here. Weight and volume. Potential oak-fruit-bouquet complexity. Good acidity. For its modest alcohol content, this has a lot of presence. I'd be cellaring it. Even some oak tannin. After aeration, the oak seemed to settle in. 16.7+.
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(WT090220-05) 19 BANDOL ROSE, LA BASTIDE BLANCHE  $22.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; domaine bottled; 71% mourvedre, 14% grenache, 12% cinsault, 3% clairette; Peter Weygandt selection. Wow, loaded with fruit aroma, range, depth. Aims to please./ Strong mourvedre purple fruit emphasis, and positive mourvedre astringency. Palate less alluring, more textural, weightier, and drier for mealtime applications. Impressive overall. Will likely improve well into its second year. 17.0+.
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(WT090220-06) 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, NICOLAS POTEL  $19.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; made from parcels in Santenay, Pommard, Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanee (80%) as well as declassified village appellations of Auxey-Duresses and Maranges (20%). Fruit-forward, heart on sleeve Potel styling. Surprisingly powerful in the Taster glass. What starts out 'innocent' gathers richness and depth as it airs. Well, this can't be easily dismissed after all./ Definitely plenty of the dark, plummy pinot elements of the Nuits villages. In back, dry and sapid, with fine tannin that will hold it together while bottle bouquet forms. Value! 16.7+.
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(WT090220-07) 18 LANGHE NEBBIOLO BOTTI, AZ. AGR. PECCHENINO  $28.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; 15 acre vineyard in southern Langhe at 480 meters; aged 18 mo. in 2500 liter French oak barrels. Well, this is certainly powerful in the Taster glass. Deep, ripe, smoky, smoldering black fruit and tar./ Medium bodied Dogliani nebbiolo, with good nebbiolo framework. Dense, earthy basis with floral aromatics of rose and violet hovering over. Good acidity. Still a quite compact and tannic wine. Chewy aftertaste. I like its makings. 16.7+.
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(WT090220-08) 18 ETNA ROSSO, TENUTA DELLE TERRE NERE  $21.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; from nerellos mascalese & cappucino; yields of 2 tons/acre. Strong and abundant bing and maraschino cherry aromas and a hint of red coffee-bean cherries. Lots of depth and carry-through./ Full bodied, full flavored. Cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee. Lush fruit texture meets drying fine tannins that perform the balancing act. Overall, very substantial and very satisfying mouthful of Etna rosso. With cellar potential. 16.8+.
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(WT090220-09) 17 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE, CORTE ARMANO  $21.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 70% corvina, 30% rondinella; in Feb. after the harvest, pomace from the amarone fermentation is added; aged a year in large oak barrels thereafter. Dark color./ Heady, robust, rich, singed, and wholly ample. Quite the contrast from the modern styling of the Righetti a couple of weeks back. This is the real, traditional ripasso deal./ Youthful and compact. Still, the energy is there. After aeration, this opened up well for the group, gathering the richness and warmth associated with ripasso and even some oak complement to the fruit. Long and lovely. 16.9+.
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(WT090220-10) 16 CHATEAU COUTET, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION  $34.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 14.5%; 60% merlot (vines up to 100 yrs. old), 30% cab franc, 7% malbec, 3% cab sauv; aged 18 mo. in barrique. Splendid face of 2016 Saint Emilion. Silky, refined, reserved, noble, confident. Quietly confirms its pedigree./ The palate is sweeter and fruitier than the nose indicated, which just adds to the wine's complexity and entertainment value. Two ring circus full of outstanding performances. What more could you want? 17.4+.
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(WT090220-11) 18 TURLEY JUVENILE CALIFORNIA ZINFANDEL  $23.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 15.2%; from vine 6-25 years old in 18 of Turley's best sites. Turley's most modest zin is still one generous wine. Raspberry and cranberry nose I associate with Dry Creek Valley zinfandels. And there's more than that. Black pepper savors./ Sweet and juicy amalgam of growing zones, skillfully assembled. Flavors of red and black raspberry, and plum. Wears its power well. The alcohol is actually cooling. Nothing sweetish or pandering about this. It delivers generosity and value. 16.7.
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(WT090220-12) 17 SCHLOSS VOLLRADS RIESLING  $21.99
09/02/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (GERMANY) 10%; estate bottled; medium sweet; Wine Enthusiast 91/100. Dry and astute Rheingau nose. Not a fruity riesling. Seems tailored for mealtime use./ The palate is medium sweet as promised, and the acid is prominent, racy, and well buffered. Everything fits together well, though this is a little sweeter than the wines the late Graf promoted. The wine reportedly continued to spread its peacock's tail into the following day. 16.3+.
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(WT090920-01) 18 ALSACE SYLVANER, DOMAINE WEINBACH  $23.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ALSACE) 13.5%; grown in and around the estate's Clos des Capucins. One panel member notes: 'Nose of white fruit, mainly pears, honied pears. Impression carries on the palate with a hint of licorice. Spring water fresh, so clean and clear. With time some peach tones emerged, along with the acidity of a peach versus a pear. A perfectly lovely statement from a workman grape. 17.4.' Another adds: 'Pear, lemon, limestone./ Acidity, structure, minerality. 2.9/3.0.'
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(WT090920-02) 19 RUEDA VERDEJO EGEO, ISAAC FERNANDEZ  $15.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13%; 60 year old bush vines; highly respected NW Spain winemaker. That's a fresh one. Sauvignon like lemon with verdejo's added spicy edge. Some panel members mentioned vanilla and oak./ Yes, juicy acid meets verdejo's glycerol viscosity. Balanced all around. Well crafted. Take it to the table. 16.5.
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(WT090920-03) 18 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE DESLOGES  $15.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; on the east bank of the Cher; Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Sauvignon. Whoa! Cat pee on a gooseberry bush! Intense and penetrating./ Grass, fruit, and stone tastes. Loire acidity and clarity. Passion fruit finale, long and lively. 16.7.
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(WT090920-04) 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC CUVEE LONE, CHATEAU PEGAU  $18.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.1%; estate grown; 50 year old vines; 40% clairette; 30% bourboulenc, 20% grenache blanc, 10% ugni blanc. Quite full bodied and forceful, as is her style. The low key aromatics of the southern Rhone pantheon of white varieties. Aeration coaxed forth suggestions of lemon, custard, mixed berries, and even oak, according to group members' notes./ Yes, full, strong, well textured. For mealtime applications. 16.6+.
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(WT090920-05) 18 BEAUJOLAIS L'ANCIEN VIEILLES VIGNES TERRES DOREES, JEAN-PAUL BRUN  $19.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; 80+ year old vines; Louis/Dressner selection.; Vinous 92/100. Bright and spicy. Fantastically fragrant. Really surges forth. Wow./ Again. This is Grand Cru big. VERY expressive. For its old vines mass, this is almost Cote d'Or stuff. Very popular with the group. 17.2+.
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(WT090920-07) 16 CHATEAU DE VILLEGEORGE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC  $24.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; at Avensan; 55% cab sauv, 45% merlot; 12 months in barrels, 20% new; one of only six Crus Exceptionnel in the 1932 cru bourgeois classification. Lovely nose, fantastically fruity at this stage, especially for 2016.Yet remains claret to the core./ Less fruity on the palate. Terroir and minerality well up, creating an exciting complexity of character. Several attendees marked it ready to drink, despite Wine Enthusiast's suggestion to cellar it until 2023. One attendee marked it 'Wine of the Night'. 17.0+.
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(WT090920-08) 14 LE HAUT MEDOC DE CHATEAU D'ISSAN, HAUT MEDOC  $21.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; vineyard in Arsac; 60% cab sauv, 40% merlot; list price: $29. Sweet black fruit, especially lush smelling for 2014. Signs of barrel complexity, mellowing./ Full fruit, assuaged and complicated by barrel time. Nice degree of Margaux perfumed elegance. Great acidity, melted tannins. Altogether a sophisticated finale. To put to use now, with cellar potential to boot. Kudos. Very popular with the group. 17.2+.
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(WT090920-09) 16 RIBEIRO TINTO CLASICO, VINA MEIN  $21.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 12.5%; estate bottled; caíno longo, brancellao, tintilla; vines planted in 1935; list price $35; Wine & Spirits 96: 'Super serious wine—every time I go back to it, I get something different—floral, smoke, chocolate, plum. The way it dissipates in the mouth is like a fairy godmother saying, 'Here's some beautiful wine.' Poof. And then it tingles on and on.' The panel liked this a lot, noting plum and other black fruits, peppercorn, iron, bouquet development, moderate alcohol, cool climate profile. Taste complexity, bright acid, fine tannin. Very popular.
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(WT090920-10) 18 MALLORCA NEGRE SINCRONIA, MESQUIDA MORA  $21.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13%; estate bottled; callet, mantonegro, syrah, and merlot. Deep, dark essence of black cherry. Pitchy concentration. Unique./ Palate lets up on the pedal a little. Still, this is intense stuff, with well managed tannin, so it makes a balanced presentation. I'm sure it's age-worthy. I'm curious about what sort of bouquet it will achieve. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. 16.7+.
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(WT090920-11) 17 VINO DE MONTANA SIERRA DE GREDOS Y GATA VINEDOS VIEJOS, PENINSULA VINICULTORES  $16.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14.5%; 60% garnacha, 30% pinuela, 10% rufete. Vines 60-90 years old, at 2500-3000 feet. Yields under two tons per acre. Sweet grenache leads the way, beautifully articulated. I'm sure the others are part of this perfectly poised and confident aromatic presentation./ More than just grenache on the palate. Floral top notes. Additional flavor and texture contributions of pinuela and rufete, although I can't pinpoint their characteristics. Wears its power well. There's no heat. A worthwhile undertaking, I'd venture. The group agreed, and also deemed it a good value. 16.7.
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(WT090920-12) 17 TOSCANA ZINGARI, SOC. AGR. PETRA  $21.99
09/09/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; merlot, sangiovese, petit verdot, syrah; Wine Spectator 93/100 - Top 100. That's complex. That's Super Tuscan, verging on Bolgheri pedigree. Love its 2017 brightness, it total harmony of varietal characters. Perfect pitch./ Yes, sense of elegance and breeding. Everything so well integrated. So well crafted. I love Petra's wines. Can see the high rating. 17.1.
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(WT091620-01) 19 SAVOIE JONGIEUX, DOMAINE EUGENE CARREL  $11.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 11.5%; from jacquere. Bright and fresh and minty. Bergamot./ Medium bodied nature of vintage. Flavor confirms aroma. Good acid. Long, clinging, minerally mouthfeel. Will probably fill out further over the coming months. Regardless, very popular with the group already. 16.3+.
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(WT091620-02) 19 COTES DE GASCOGNE, MONT GRAVET  $9.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 11.5%; all colombard; Melvin Master selection. Hint of wet wool, wet dog forms of sulphur under screwcap. Accurate colombard greenery underneath./ Richer in the mouth than expected. Not much influenced by sulphur here. Spruce note. Medium bodied 2019 nature. Modest acidity compared to many vintages of this. Reductive at this stage, and in need of more aeration and bottle age. 15.8+.
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(WT091620-03) 19 BLANC DE CHATEAU CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON  $11.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; proprietor Thierry Lurton. Some H2S on opening. And sharp SO2. Hope this is fleeting./ Yeah, the SO2 grip. I can't get a read on this. Take it away, Wed group. Well, turns out it didn't reveal much more after additional aeration. Will just have to wait it out. No rating at present.
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(WT091620-04) 19 SANCERRE LE CLOS DE CHAUDENAY, DOMAINE DAULNY  $25.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 14%. Rich in body and texture but shy on aroma upon opening. As the evening progressed, it yielded up more sauvignon aromatics. / More flavor profile, but not by much in the beginning. However, this became more revealing as the hours passed. Again, the body and texture are admirable. Well liked by the group. 16.4+.
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(WT091620-05) 19 COTES DU RHONE ROUSSANNE, CHATEAU DU TRIGNON  $21.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; all roussanne. This is full, round roussanne.. Scents of peach, peel, and straw./ More roundness. Typical roussanne glycerol. Apricot and peach pit. Had many fans this evening. Another youngster in the formative stages. Promising body, texture. 16.3+.
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(WT091620-06) 16 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE SOUS EQUISONS CAROLINE LESTIME, JEAN NOEL GAGNARD  $34.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%; Becky Wasserman selection. Early reduction clears. Promising chardonnay fruit volume. Good oak complement./ Lees aging, barrel aging, and barrel extracts all evident. The large, solid, dry, austere structure of an Hautes Cotes and a 2016. I like its bulk and prospects. This swelled up and became more revealing as it aired, ultimately attracting many fans. 16.7+.
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(WT091620-07) 19 SANCERRE ROSE, DOMAINE DAULNY  $22.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE ROSE) 13%. Still some BBG (banana & bubble gum) fermentation aromas. Strawberry-cherry pinot noir rose aromas also come into play./ This all plays out on the palate at first. Thereafter, it turns into a lovely and flavorful, more accomplished glass of rose, with good acidity and minerality. Likely to improve through next spring. 15.9+.
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(WT091620-08) 17 FIXIN VIEILLE VIGNE, DOMAINE MONGEARD-MUGNERET  $59.95
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; Daniel Haas selection. Well, what a treat! This is real Fixin, with northern Cote de Nuits black fruit, a certain dryness, compactness, and austerity in youth, despite the accessible reputation of the vintage. Oh, there's plenty of 2017 fruit welling up though,, as it airs. Deep black cherry and anise aromas. Old vines concentration, and complications of barrel aging./ Lovely, juicy 2017 fruit faithful to the AOC. Old vines intense, barrel aged suave and complex. Long, fruity aftertaste.. This demonstrates that Mongeard has maintained its style and quality. 17.6+.
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(WT091620-09) 14 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX  $26.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%. Last week's bottle was oxidized. A leaky cork seems to have been the culprit. Now here's a hard working cork, long, and stained barely beyond the wine-side end. In fact, the nose is actually still a bit backward./ Flavors of dark Nuits fruit, particularly plum and cherry, plus sur bois. 2014 chewy. Lots of material here. In fact, this seems younger than when I tasted it a year back. That bottle, however, had been open longer and tipped to fill glasses many times. Cellar-worthy. 16.8+.
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(WT091620-10) 16 LAGRAVE DE CHATEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC, PESSAC LEOGNAN  $24.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; second wine of Grand Cru Chateau Latour Martillac; cab sauv, merlot. The wine is dark, lush, and plummy. Fully in tune with the Grand Vin, though not as barrel enhanced. Sleek, stylish 2016 mode./ Oh, yes, a silky, well tailored 2016 with dark, deep fruit basis. Grand Cru pedigree; just short on oak embellishments. Tres 2016. 17.1+.
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(WT091620-11) 16 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CASTELLO DI BOSSI  $19.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14.5%; at Castelnuovo Berardenga; unfiltered; Leonardo Los Casio selection. Real cork, and not one of those damn compressed-to-quarter-diameter to fit narrow neck one. Came out easily. This pleases. It's 2016 sleek. Dried cherry and orange peel. Barrel mellowing, uniting./ Oh, I love that 2016 racy texture. Good acid-sweet balance. Just an harmonious, lasting, finely tannic, fulfilled 2016. Ideal 2016. Long lasting finish. I like this estate's wines. Very well liked by the group. Orders taken. 16.8+
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(WT091620-12) 18 POSTMARK NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $29.99
09/16/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; by Duckhorn. Sweet, suave, ripe, oaky, and wholly engaging Napa Valley cabernet. Duckhorn sleekness, plus more fruit oomph and sweetness than in most Duckhorn-sponsored wines./ Yeah, chocolate, caramel, and ripe black fruit with Napa class. Worth the tariff. The Europhiles in the group could not abide this. The rest praised it.17.0+.
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