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(WT010820-1) 18 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU SALMONIERE  $11.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12%. Close and neat. Likely just shipped./ This will require some rest, aeration, and/or aging to bring more aroma and flavor forth. The composition is right. 15.5++.
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(WT010820-10) 18 AGUA DE PIEDRA GRAN SELECCION MENDOZA MALBEC  $17.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 13.5%; heavy bottle award. Sweet and ripe and typically intense. Lots of fruit material atop modest barrel contributions./ Good flavor, sweet-acid balance. Very satisfying. 16.3+.
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(WT010820-11) 18 VARNER FOXGLOVE PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $15.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.2%. Crisp style of Varner. No Paso uber ripeness or raisin. It still reads Paso's warm fruit fulfillment, but it also has Euro form./ Yes, great acid and fine framing. Not for lovers of voluptuous Paso Robles cabernet. 16.3+.
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(WT010820-12) 17 CHIANTI COLLI SENESI, AZ. AGR. ANTICO COLLE  $14.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Has Colli Senesi warmth and 2017 lithe, lively styling. Right in all respects./ Again, the correct weight and style of zone and vintage. Really great acidity and flavor. Destined for the dinner table. 16.4.
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(WT010820-13) 17 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE  $14.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Oh, boy: rich, rich Villages give, with Gard race too. Garrigue, spice, intricacy. Big time Gard Villages./ Yes, rich, well framed, generous in flavor, with Gard acidity and race. Wonderful balance overall. A top vintage of this. Very popular with the group. 17.1+.
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(WT010820-14) 17 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE  $17.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Less fruit, more force. Great power and concentration./ Indeed, Espigouette garrigue, intensity, alcohol and glycerol concentration. Reads right from the start and just keeps upping the ante. 16.7+.
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(WT010820-15) 17 CLINE ANCIENT VINES CONTRA COSTA ZINFANDEL  $15.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 15%. Power, Contra Costa darkness, oak, old vines concentration. Good vintage of this./ Yes, caramel oak and zinfandel black raspberry. 17 acidity, dark fruit. This should cost way more. 16.7.
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(WT010820-2) 18 ELK COVE ESTATE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS  $19.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13%. Full aroma and body as usual. Generous stuff here./ Lots of pinot gris waxiness, plus good acid cut. Has volume. Old reliable. Definitely a solid vintage of this. Will continue to swell up over the coming months. 16.7+.
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(WT010820-3) 18 MACON LA ROCHE VINEUSE VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA GREFFIERE  $17.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 13%. Old vines, barrel aging, and Roche Vineuse stoutness combine to make the full Greffiere presentation. A large Macon Villages chardonnay./ Full bodied, and still backward flavor-wise. Good future here. 16.7+.
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(WT010820-4) 16 POUILLY FUME LE TRONCSEC, JOSEPH MELLOT  $26.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 12.5%; from Kimmeridgian marls at St Laurent l'Abbaye. Mature nose of nut and dried peach. Has fortitude even at 12.5%./ Full, and very satisfying and useful at this stage of maturity. Pouilly Fume peachiness here. Love the taste. 16.3.
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(WT010820-5) 18 HERAULT ROSE GUILHEM MOULIN DE GASSAC, FAMILLE GUIBERT  $12.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ROSE) 12.5%; 60% grenache, 20% each syrah, carignan; 25-50 year old vines. Wow, fresh and snappy. At its best. Good fullness for winter./ Yes, it has satisfying richness and generosity but also good flow. Goes down easy. 16.2.
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(WT010820-7) 16 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE DUPRE  $16.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Medium bodied and accurate. That crisp Euro style 2016 sort of pinot noir appreciated by the group./ Smooth; not much tannin. Good acid. Palate very agreeable at this stage. Very versatile at the table. Appreciate the modest alcohol content. 16.2.
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(WT010820-8) 18 BARISTA WESTERN CAPE PINOTAGE  $15.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SOUTH AFRICA) 13%. Oh, coffee, cherry, chicory. The most intense, rangy, and lovely aromatic set ever./ Yes, acid, flavor, fruit sweetness, balance. Awesome coffee pinotage. 17.1.
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(WT010820-9) 18 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR  $12.99
01/08/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13.5%; 95% merlot, 5% cabernet franc. Oh, boy, 2018 talks the black fruit talk. Really intense. Lurton is working wonders here; a Chateau to follow. And more to come./ Medium bodied and not as exuberant yet as the nose. Another 2018 here this evening that was probably just shipped. I need to exercise more patience. All the components are here though. 16.4+.
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(WT011520-1) 18 WACHAU TERRASSEN GRUNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL TROCKEN, DOMANE WACHAU  $21.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRIA) 12.5%. Quite full. Mildly dusty nose suggests SO2 under hermetic screwcap closure./ Yeah, this is still sulphur suppressed. The goods are here. All will be revealed after further aeration and/or bottle age. 16.0++.
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(WT011520-10) 17 PRIORAT SERRAS DEL PRIORAT, CLOS FIGUERAS  $25.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 15%; 51% garnacha, 31% carignan, 12% syrah, 6% cab sauv; aged 7 months in French oak barrels. Oh, boy, Priorat to the max. And this is just the basic cuvee of Christopher Canaan's estate. Total fruit, spice, scorch, and power./ Sweet, full, broad, deep. Smooth and well balanced. The nose is more adventuresome than the palate at this stage. 17.7/17.3+.
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(WT011520-11) 17 AERENA RED HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $23.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14%; vyds at 2400'; by Napa Valley's Blackbird; 100% cab sauv; aged 9 months in seasoned French oak barrels. The power, warmth, and density of a Red Hills cabernet. Cool 2017 helps to keep it in line. Still, it's a wine of place./ Sweet Red Hills cabernet fruit. Sweet for 2017. Generous. Less range and depth than I recall in the 2016. 16.8+.
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(WT011520-12) 17 ETNA ROSSO, AZ. AGR. TORNATORE  $24.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%; 95% nerello mascalese, 5% nerello cappuccio. Medium color intensity./ Sweet nerello aromas. Great acid stamina and cut./ Delicious flow, acidity, light grip of fine grained tannins. Food wine all the way. 16.9+.
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(WT011520-13) 16 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE, CORTE ARMANO  $21.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Real ripasso: dried fruit, concentration, proper power, balance./ Yes, a harmony of ripasso ripeness and regular Valpolicella flow and ease. So it's where it should be: between standard Valpolicella and Amarone. Some vintages have proven a little more intense. 16.7+.
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(WT011520-14) 15 AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA, ANTICHE TERRE VENETE  $31.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 15%. Bigger and sweeter. Modern. No raisin. Appealing composition./ Yes, a modern amarone or a short cut one. 16.5+.
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(WT011520-15) 17 DAY SONOMA ZINFANDEL  $27.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 15.5%. Concentrated, sweet, barrel aged. Full raspberry and peppercorn aroma set. Complete./ Good volume and delivery for a county-designate zinfandel. Fruit sweetness modulated by its power. Good one. 17.3+.
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(WT011520-2) 18 SANCERRE DOMAINE DE LA PAULINE, ERIC LOUIS  $25.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE LOIRE) 13%; at Thauvenay. Crisp and penetrating. Dainty and pure. A delight./ Rich and silky, with good back acid. Tangelo flavor. Yes, cleansing acidity on the finish renders it eminently food-worthy. 17.0+.
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(WT011520-3) 18 ALTO ADIGE TERLANO SAUVIGNON WINKL, CANTINA TERLANO  $28.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. Wow! Huge etch and penetration. Billowing aroma of sweet citrus and soft tropical fruits. Awesome! Show wine./ Huge spread and fill. Padding too. And back acid cut. Yow! 17.7+.
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(WT011520-4) 17 CHATEAU TOUR LEOGNAN, PESSAC-LEOGNAN  $22.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 12.5%; second wine of Grand Cru Ch Carbonnieux; 70% sauvignon, 30% semillon. Sauvignon high acid cut right up front. Then semillon comes in play here, bringing plumpness, lanolin, and marl into the picture. Right./ Yes, the roundness of semillon, the cut of sauvignon. Well balanced, well poised. Fills with aeration and mouth warmth. And as it distances itself from the demonstrative Winkl. 16.9+.
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(WT011520-5) 16 KEN WRIGHT WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $27.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13%; from 30+ yr old vineyards in northern Willamette Valley. Wow, intense, brisk, rich, full. Huge Oregon pinot cherry definition, penetration. With oak interwoven. Great acid. Full ripeness./ Crisp Oregon pinot edge too. This is all over the place yet somehow seems well managed too. Sweet fruit finish. 17.4. One participant said this was the best New World pinot noir he'd ever tasted. It's all moot though. I re-ordered, and received the 2017.
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(WT011520-6) 14 CLOS DES MENUTS GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION  $31.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BORDEAUX) 13%; 85% merlot, 10% cab sauv, 5% cab franc; aged 12 months in barrels. Starts out 2014 firm but certainly not obstinate. Aeration coaxes forth Saint Emilion flesh, merlot cherry, give, and volume./ Great sweet-acid balance. Full flavored. Grand Cru breeding. Barrel aging breadth without woodiness. This is really good. 17.0+.
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(WT011520-7) 17 CHIANTI CLASSICO, ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI  $21.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%; 90% sangiovese, 7% canaiolo, 3% colorino. Oh, full of fruit! Sangiovese dried cherry and orange peel. Oak lacings and barrel age complexity. 2017 bright and also rich. Tingles, fills./ Full bodied, especially for 2017. Rich textured. Good acidity. Game note. 17.1+.
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(WT011520-8) 17 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO IL POGGIONE, LEOPOLDO FRANCESCHI  $27.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 14%. This is more backward, enclosed in youth. Full and rich in its own right though. And aeration brings out more aroma. The ripe fruit of brunello and a zone farther south./ Wow, plump brunello fruit feel and flavor. A large Rosso in tune with the estate's series. Full throttle, especially for 2017. 16.9+.
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(WT011520-9) 17 COTES DU RHONE COUDOULET DE BEAUCASTEL, FAMILLE PERRIN  $27.99
01/15/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14%; 30% ea grenache, mourvedre; 20% ea syrah, cinsault; aged 6 months in foudre; unfiltered. Full. Rangy aromas and nasal textures. Peppercorn and garrigue. The power and body of a Chateauneuf du Pape./ Yeah, one heavy duty Cotes du Rhone. Power, weight, fullness, texture, richness, balance. Fine cellar candidate. 17.4+.
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(WT012220-1) 18 CAMPANIA FALANGHINA ROCCA DEI LEONI, VILLA MATILDE  $18.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 12.5%. Stone fruit evident, but there's still fermentation residual under screwcap./ Soft, and low on flavor. Medium acid. OK now, but likely to improve over the coming weeks, months. 16.1+.
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(WT012220-10) 18 SANTA JULIA (+) MENDOZA MALBEC  $10.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ARGENTINA) 14%. Sweet; almost Valley like./ Same. 2D. Better years of this. 15.5+.
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(WT012220-11) 17 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE  $15.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%; 55% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan, 5% each cinsault, mourvedre. Large and powerful. Full of Cotes du Rhone force and style. An uplifting sense of freshness too. Complete picture./ Yes, power, grip, texture, plus extras. Really large. 17.0+.
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(WT012220-12) 17 MONTSANT CAN BLAU, CELLERS CAN BLAU  $14.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 14.5%; 40% mazuelo, 40% syrah, 20% garnacha. Richness and power, 17 fruit and lift. Wears its power well Fully compacted./ Strength, material, and grip. Mouthfilling. Wow, Mr. Big! 16.6+.
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(WT012220-13) 16 LUCAS & LEWELLEN ESTATE VALLEY VIEW VINEYARD SANTA YNEZ VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $19.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.5%; 21 months in oak barrels, 40% new. SYV cabernet terse and surly./ Sweet enough. But this is rarely a warm enough area to ripen cabernet sauvignon fully. Good enough. 16.0.
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(WT012220-14) 18 LAYER CAKE BOURBON BARREL AGED CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $18.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 14.8%. Full, thick, generous cabernet fruit plus good barrel extras, if not particularly suggestive of bourbon char or leachings./ Large and generous. Sweet fruit coating to the alcohol and tannin. Very giving. 16.6.
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(WT012220-15) 16 MIRASSOU CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $16.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 10.5%. Nice 16 extract and Kabinett richness. No evergreen./ Full grip and extract. Light sweetness to counter. Yes, a well balanced presentation to take to the table now. 17.0+.
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(WT012220-2) 18 IRPINIA FALANGHINA CORTE DI GISO, TERREDORA DI PAOLO  $17.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13.5%. More pungent, varietal, aromatically achieved. Well textured too./ Yes, richly textured. Full. A mouthful of falanghina ready to enjoy. Yow. 17.0.
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(WT012220-3) 18 MUD HOUSE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC  $14.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (NEW ZEALAND) 12.5%. Full and well measured as well. Sweet tropical fruits./ Yow, full burst of tropics and sweet citrus. Yes! 16.8/17.2.
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(WT012220-4) 18 SPY VALLEY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC  $16.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (NEW ZEALAND) 12.8%; Waihopai & Wairau valleys. Seems more mature. Fuller. Tangy too. Plus the usual richness here./ Yes, rich and round. Not as zippy as some years. 16.8.
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(WT012220-5) 18 BEAUJOLAIS LE RONSAY, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL BRUN  $16.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12%; silice terroir. Geranium leaf, hops, smoke. What?/ More of same. Has red fruit. Unique. 15.8+.
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(WT012220-6) 17 EGRI BIKAVER BULLS BLOOD, EGERVIN  $11.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (HUNGARY) 12%. This is unique too, thanks to the varietal set. Full, ripe, giving./ Wow, great acid too. Take it to the table for goulash plus. 16.3.
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(WT012220-7) 17 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO RISERVA DAL TRALCETTO, AZ. AGR. CICCIO ZACCAGNINI  $16.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%. Proper, but backward still, or numbed by recent shipment./ Full acid meets good richness. Texturally in tune with the rest of this desirable series. Aromatics to come. 16.4+.
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(WT012220-8) 16 CHIANTI CLASSICO CAVALIERE D'ORO, GABBIANO  $16.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (ITALY) 13%; est. 1480. Sweet and full and spicy, especially for the vintage. Full surge of aromatics./ Good acid, with sweet, ripe fruit support. Full give and appeal. 16.6+
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(WT012220-9) 17 MONTINORE ESTATE WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR  $19.99
01/22/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.8%. Still hermetic under screwcap./ Grip yet. Sulphur, I guess. Air and age. 15.8++.
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(WT012920-1) 18 BURGENLAND GRUNER VELTLINER, ZANTHO  $14.99
01/29/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (AUSTRIA) 12%. Nice Burgenland plumpness. Plenty of varietal character./ Yes, always plump. Relatively gentle acidity this vintage. 16.0.
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(WT012920-10) 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE DUPRE  $16.99
01/29/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE BURGUNDY) 12.5%. Light and sweet and genuine southern Burgundy pinot noir. 2017 forward and useful now./ Medium bodied, cool, a bit tart. Just enough ripeness and personality to carry. 15.7+.
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(WT012920-13) 17 CASTILLA PROTOCOLO, DOMINIO DE EGUREN  $6.99
01/29/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (SPAIN) 13.5%. Sweet and easy. Not in a New World sense though. Euro form and constitution./ Rich fruit substance and acidity to balance. Delivers. Yow! 16.3.
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(WT012920-14) 18 THREE THIEVES CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $9.99
01/29/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.5%. Sweet, and true to the varietal. Well formulated. Large. Delivers./ Yes, and even some barrel notions. Coastal fruit. Well crafted. 16.5.
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(WT012920-15) 16 MIRASSOU CALIFORNIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON  $12.99
01/29/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (U.S. WEST COAST) 13.6%. Sweetish, but not Valley. Broad appeal./ Sweet cremes. Some RS. Well crafted for mass market purposes.. 15.4.
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(WT012920-16) 17 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE  $14.99
01/29/20 Wednesday Group Tasting Notes
- (FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN) 14.5%. Oh, way big, rich, round, and sweet. Yet also Gard and Saint Gervais cool. Best in years./ Yes, volume, richness, breadth, fruit sweetness. Wow. 16.7+.
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