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(WT100219-01) 18 MUSCADET COTES DE GRANDLIEU SUR LIE LA BERRIERE, DOMAINE GOULAINE  $14.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Full, green, underbrush scented classic. Oh, plus good citrus flair. Penetrating./ Yes, fine vigor. Spices as well as green, herbal aspects. Real cut. 16.7.
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(WT100219-02) 18 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA RIFF - PROGETTO LAGEDER  $10.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. Crisp, clear, cool, bright./ Cool and flowing. Inviting for aperitif or meal-time applications. 16.3.
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(WT100219-03) 18 SAUMUR BLANC LES POUCHES, CAVE DE SAUMUR  $11.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; chenin blanc. Cool melon, apple, and quince Loire chenin aromas. Depth too. Near perfect example of its genre./ Full and flavorful. Best vintage yet? 16.6.
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(WT100219-04) 17 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE DESLOGES  $15.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRD) 13%; Gold Medal - Concours Mondail du Sauvignon. Racy, penetrating lime, lime peel, and linden blossom. Wow, even basil./ And more basil on the palate. Unique and entertaining. 16.8.
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(WT100219-05) 18 COTES DU RHONE ROSE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES  $12.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 12.5%. Crisp red fruit. Cool and neat. Fully ready for mealtime service./ Yes, this has inviting, accomplished fruit flavors and softness for present applications. 16.0.
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(WT100219-06) 18 FRANCAIS ROSE PINK PEGAU, CHATEAU PEGAU 18 FRANCAIS ROSE PINK PEGAU, CHATEAU PEGAU  $16.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 13%; vyd at Sorgues; 35-60 yr old vines; 80% cinsault, 10% ea grenache, carignan. Plenty of oomph and fruit ripeness./ Dry, flavorful, engaging, and ready to serve. 16.0.
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(WT100219-07) 2018 TOSCANA ROSSO UNLITRO, SOC. AGR AMPELEIA LITER  $16.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12%; alicante bouschet, grenache, carignan. Still introverted./ I'm afraid I've opened this too young and travel-shocked. Will need to wait a few weeks before assessing it again. Patience, please. 15.0++.
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(WT100219-08) 18 BODEGA PIEDRA NEGRA RUTA 22 TUNUYAN MALBEC  $14.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 13.5%; all malbec. Sweet and spicy. Full appeal. Comes right at ya. Very savory./ Concentrated, sweet and spicy malbec black fruit plus high altitude vigor and acid. 16.6.
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(WT100219-09) 18 CHINON RIVE GAUCHE CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU  $14.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13.5%. Oh, this is sweet and perfectly ripe. In some vintages, this plays it closer to the vest at this age. Not this 2018. Awesome delivery already and vigorous spiciness./ Yes, both ripe and racy. Complete cabernet franc red raspberry and brambly seeds peppery nature. 17.1.
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(WT100219-10) 17 VINA VENTISQUERO ROOT 1 ESTATE MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $10.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (CHILE) 13%. Oh, deep, dark, classic Maipo pre-phylloxera cabernet black currant emphasis. Purple, sweet, deep./ Yes, both sweet and savory. Full flavor profile of Maipo cabernet sauvignon. What a deal! 16.9.
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(WT100219-11) 17 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, FRANCO SERRA  $15.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%.The nice and dry house style that does not pander to modernity. This is legitimate, traditional nebbiolo. An attractive cedar overtone./ Yes, dry and close to the vest in youth. Good cellar candidate. Popular with the group. Orders taken. 16.0+.
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(WT100219-12) 16 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO LUCENTO, AZ. AGR. TENUTA TORRE RAONE  $12.99
10/02/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Deep and violet tinged color./ Ripe style of this winegrower, well textured, deep, and 'woody'./ Wow, flavor, texture, 'wood', length. Exemplary composition, balance. 16.9.
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(WT100919-01) 17 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, ENTRE DEUX MERS  $12.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; 40% sauvignon blanc, 20% each sauvignon gris, muscadelle, semillon. Good nose: intense, rich, variegated for its varietal complexity. Sauvignon gris spiciness comes forth. One of the best vintages of this./ Satisfying body.. Good flow, spice, vigor, acid. 16.7.
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(WT100919-02) 16 YORKVILLE ESTATE AMBER FOLLY RANDLE HILL VYD YORKVILLE HIGHLANDS SEMILLON  $23.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13%; skin fermented by indigenous yeasts; aged 6 months in seasoned French barrels. Amber color and character for sure. On purpose. This works./ Dry and even a little tannic from the skin soak. Full body and texture of an orange wine. Shows the way. Begs for food. 16.2.
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(WT100919-05) 18 COLLINES DE LA MOURE ROSE, OMBRE  $9.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE) 12.5%. Fresh and uplifting. Both crispness and padding. At a good stage./ Yes, well padded. Lithe in taste, body, and texture. Come hither; easy to assimilate. 16.3.
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(WT100919-06) 18 COTES DU ROUSSILLON ROSE, CHATEAU MOSSE  $11.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE ) 13%; 62% grenache, 38% syrah. Still some fermentation apple blossom along with intense, sweet, bright fruit./ Accomplished Rousillon rose richness. 16.2+.
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(WT100919-07) 18 AIRFIELD ESTATE LONE BIRCH YAKIMA VALLEY ROSE  $10.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE) 13.3%. Pretty raspberry nose. New World direct./ Bright, emphatic, and fruity. Good. 15.7.
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(WT100919-08) 18 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, AZ. VITI. PAOLO SCAVINO  $14.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Scavino sweet fruited, bright, and immediate. My style of dolcetto./ Yeah, sweet and forward. Good acid. Fine tannin keeps it 'serious'. 16.7.
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(WT100919-10) 17 CHINON LES MORINIERES, JOSEPH MELLOT  $15.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; vineyard on clay and limestone. Rather close and tart to start, but true to its cherry-suggestive name. Nose sweetens up with aeration./ Dry and tannic on entry. Fruit character and padding come on. Good ager. 16.4+.0
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(WT100919-11) 16 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO RISERVA DAL TRALCETTO, AZ. AGR. CICCIO ZACCAGNINI  $16.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Yes, barrel influence of a riserva fully evident here as always. More barrel time than barrel extracts. Sweet and deep monte raspberry and violets notes./ Sweet and satisfying full. Confident and comfortable as usual. Balancing acidity for food. Old steady. 16.5.
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(WT100919-12) 17 CAMPANIA AGLIANICO LA CAPRANERA, SAN SALVATORE  $11.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%. Wow, intense aglianico cherry and tar. Pushy, surging, insistent. And deep./ Balance of richness, dryness, acidity, and tannin. Plentiful flavor. A bargain. Bravo. 16.7.
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(WT100919-13) 17 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE  $14.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%. Dark fruited, full fruited. Good dryness and 17 give./ Dry and a bit close in youth. Sweet interior. Age it further, or decant vigorously. 16.3+.
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(WT100919-14) 17 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, THE FURST  $15.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE ALSACE) 13.5%. Gewurz rose and ginger aromas../ Plenty of varietal character pushes through, though youth constrains its potential gewurztraminer abundance. 16.3++.
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(WT100919-15) BRETAGNE POIRE LE BRUN, CIDRES BIGOUD  $9.99
10/09/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRUIT) 4%. Oh, good and pure and dry and penetrating and fresh. Yes!/ Yes, indeed, sweet fruit that is made drier by the presence of a light measure of CO2. Full and pure pear flavor. What it's all about, at a bargain price. 17.0.
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(WT101619-01) 18 UMBRIA VIOGNIER, CANTINA CARDETO  $9.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12%. Reticent at first (it just arrived). Opens after aeration to display a dashing, vigorous portrayal of viognier rivaling the 2017's./ Opens further as it warms in the mouth. Bountiful varietal character. Lightly talc-y fermentation residual that will fade to zero over the coming weeks. 16.4+.
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(WT101619-03) 18 CHATEAU L'ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC  $14.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12%; 80% sauvignon blanc; 20% semillon. Good Bordeaux Blanc sauvignon citrus without the tropical extravaganza of many a Marlborough take./ Cut, balance, good acidity. Fits the pattern here. Very bright. 16.4.
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(WT101619-04) 18 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES BLANC  $16.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; at Portets; Arnaud de Butler, proprietor; 80% semillon, 20% sauvignon blanc. Good body of Graves Blanc and its semillon foundation. Lemon custard and lemon peel./ Semillon in command again, complemented nicely by sauvignon tropical fruit streaks. Yes. Long, juicy aftertaste. 16.7+.
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(WT101619-05) 18 MACON LUGNY LES CRAYS, JOSEPH DROUHIN  $15.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Young, compact, quiet. Just arrived, I imagine./ Nice lees touch. Overall, travel shocked, it seems. Not much feel or flavor on display yet. See you again in a few weeks. 16.2+.
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(WT101619-06) 18 ROBERT MONDAVI PRIVATE SELECTION BOURBON BARREL AGED MONTEREY CHARDONNAY  $15.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%. The bourbon barrel charry influence is surely there. Crisp Monterey style chardonnay is its correct complement./ Oh, boy, even more barrel char and bourbon leachings. The barrel influence speaks even louder in this chardonnay than in the cabernet sauvignon and 'red blend' versions. Yes! 16.5.
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(WT101619-08) 17 WYNCROFT MARLAND LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE PINOT NOIR  $16.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. MICHIGAN) Oh, such sweet, silky, romantic manifestations of pinot noir. Perfectly ripe MI pinot noir with light oak sheen./ Again, all about pinot noir silkiness. Northern grown fruit character plus barrel sophistication, texture, and taste. Delish. 17.0.
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(WT101619-09) 17 CHINON, CHATEAU DE RIVIERE  $15.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%. Cherry and tar darkness, density, and depth. Airs well to a more user friendly presentation./ Nice flow. True and stylish. Balanced and even. Good now, with some cellaring prospects too. 16.4+.
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(WT101619-10) 16 CAMPANIA AGLIANICO, ROCCA DEL DRAGONE  $14.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Firm, stingy, tart, and tannic 16. Some vintages are like this here./ Sweet enough taste. But vinous more than fruity. Keep. 15.8++.
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(WT101619-11) 15 CHIANTI CASA LA FORNACE, TENUTA DI STICCIANO  $14.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Rich, peppery, oaky, racy, super. Deep dried fruits and barrel spices./ Full tannin, acid, texture, fruit, glycerol. Delivers full flavor and texture. 16.6+.
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(WT101619-12) 17 SOBON ESTATE OLD VINE AMADOR ZINFANDEL  $12.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; est. 1856. Best yet in this series. Sweet, peppery, bright, and vigorous. Really surges forth, spicy and penetrating./ Sweet and spicy raspberry, bramble, briar. Everything about zinfandel in spades. 16.8.
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(WT101619-13) 18 ESPANA GARNACHA DE FUEGO, BODEGAS BRECA  $9.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 15.5%; vineyards at over 3000 feet elevation. Sweet, powerful, black, true. A bargain in old vines garnacha. What delivery! Huge! Yow!/ Yes, big and broad, sweet and full. Best vintage of this I've tasted. 16.7.
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(WT101619-14) 16 ESPANA GARNACHA BRECA, BODEGAS BRECA  $15.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 15.5%; vines up to 115 years old at 3300 feet elevation. Inky concentration. Seems younger than three years. Full bodied and forceful./ Big, with sweet feeling alcohol and glycerol. More material here. But more backward. Not tannic though, just packed in. 16.8+.
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(WT101619-15) MUMM NAPA CUVEE M METHODE CHAMPENOISE NAPA DEMI-SEC  $21.99
10/16/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPARKLING) 12.5%. Pleasant, off dry nose featuring light bottle bouquet of dough and frosting./ Nicely aromatic palate that doesn't go overboard. Well conceived, well crafted. I can see the popularity. 16.3.
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(WT103019-01) 18 SANCERRE LES TERRES BLANCHES, DOMAINE CHEVREAU  $22.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%; at Crezancy. Coolness, grip, texture, depth, and penetration. Calcaire saturated./ Youthful fruit plumpness smooths over the terroir's grip and texture for now. No problem. Rest it a few more weeks. Good, fruity aftertaste. 16.8+.
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(WT103019-02) 18 SANCERRE COTE DES EMBOUFFANTS, DOMAINE ROGER NEVEU  $24.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; at Verdigny. Different. More fruit, and green fruit it is. More explicit fruit expression./ Wow, full of green tropics flavors. Oh, very intensely fruity indeed. Large charge. Mouthfilling. 17.4.
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(WT103019-03) 17 CHABLIS FOURCHAUME 1ER CRU, DOMAINE MOUTARD  $34.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%. A racy, lithe take./ Medium body and flavor intensity. A bit underwhelming for a Premier Cru. Lacks Premier Cru distinction and body. Will it achieve its rightful fortitude with more bottle age.? 16.3+.
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(WT103019-04) 17 BOURGOGNE CHAUMES DES PERRIERES, DOMAINE RAYMOND DUPONT-FAHN  $34.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Superb fruit of 17 in full display. Plus walnut husk, a mark of distinction. Wow./ 17 weight, plumpness. Dupont-Fahn character. Builds and builds in texture, weight, depth, and breadth. In Meursault amplitude and personality. 17.4+.
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(WT103019-05) 18 BROUILLY GRAND CRU REVERDON, CHATEAU THIVIN  $24.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%; est. 1877. Rich and racy. Bright and spontaneous. Spicy berries. Sweet and peppery. Really Grand Cru concentrated, and at the same time, Brouilly lifted./ Full flavor. Richness, race, acidity, even glycerol. Wow! Loaded. Ageworthy. 17.4+.
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(WT103019-07) 17 SANCERRE ROUGE, DOMAINE HIPPOLYTE REVERDY  $21.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 11-14%. Light to medium color intensity, which if perfectly correct for vintage and genre./ Oh, sweet and racy, crunchy cherry take on northern pinot noir. Not a bit green or herbal. Perfect degree of ripeness for Sancerre rouge. I mean, PERFECT./ Racy acid and ripe fruit richness. Ideal, really. And well priced. 17.2.
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(WT103019-08) 18 PATRICIA GREEN RESERVE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $26.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.7%. Cool and crisp and fully ripe. Great acid spiel, oak, plump cherry fruit./ Yes, OR pinot fine acid, dark fruit, extract, and fine tannin. Light oak patina. All here, and all coming together. 16.9+.
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(WT103019-09) 16 MERCUREY CLOS DES BARRAULTS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE MICHEL JUILLOT  $34.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13.5%. Wow! 16 at its best. Great oak. Mercurey dark cherry. No 16 edge, resistance. Sweet cherry and oak. 16 gives race./ Sweet and racy both, with nice oak touch. Distinct from the 2015, and fully worthy. Balanced and long. 17.5+.
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(WT103019-10) 17 DAVIS BYNUM RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $23.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE WEST COAST) 14.5%; aged 1 year in French and Hungarian oak barrels. Used to be Jane's Vineyard. Woody, powerful, sweet. A bit frank and forceful for RRV pinot, but it delivers plenty of goods./ Woody, sweet fruited, tannic. A little shy on the spiciness I cherish in RRV pinot, but certainly giving. 16.6+.
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(WT103019-11) 15 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, FATTORIA VITICCIO  $28.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; Wine Spectator 95/100. Sweet 15 fruit and plenty of barrel impact of a riserva. Spicy, oaky, balanced, and giving./ Yes, power, fruit, oak, balance. Melted tannins enveloped by 15 rich fruit. 17.2.
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(WT103019-12) 16 COTES DU RHONE LES QUATRE TERRES, DOMAINE SANTA DUC  $21.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Nice, full, strong, spicy, racy, broad, and deep. Balanced and intense, with definite Santa Duc hallmarks./ Proper body and flavor intensity, with 16 raciness. Alcohol warmth gives padding to its 2016 structure. Good stuff.. 16.6+.
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(WT103019-13) 16 PIC SAINT LOUP LA CLOSERIE DU PIC, CHATEAU PUECH HAUT  $24.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 15%. Heavy Bottle Award, and Heavy Hitter Award. Off the charts power and intensity. Practically the impact of a fortified wine. Ripe and spicy, lifting oak complex. Extra deep./ Fully, ripe, sweet, strong, flavorful. Loaded. Overwhelming. Wild boar wine. 16.7+.
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(WT103019-14) 16 ITALIA VINUM ITALICUM OPERA NO.3, TINAZZI  $25.99
10/30/19 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 15%. Sweetness balanced by strength, so though it's big, it's also under control.. Good and plentiful fruit. Well crafted. I mean this amalgam of Veneto and Puglia fruit works./ Not overly sweet fruited either. Proper balancing acidity, tannin. Take it to the table this winter. 16.8.
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