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by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: WineSmith Wines by Postmodern Winemaker Clark Smith
Replies: 2
Views: 569

WineSmith Wines by Postmodern Winemaker Clark Smith

For those of you unfamiliar with my style and philosophy, you might enjoy the Special Wine Guest Forum discussion in 2014 on a wide variety of geeky and contraversial topics.

In particular, here's aninteresting exchange between Tom Hill and me.
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Rare treasures from WineSmith's personal library
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Rare treasures from WineSmith's personal library

For those of you unfamiliar with my style and philosophy, you might enjoy the Special Wine Guest Forum discussion in 2014 on a wide variety of geeky and contraversial topics.

In particular, here's aninteresting exchange between Tom Hill and me.
by Clark Smith
January 26th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Rare treasures from WineSmith's personal library
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Rare treasures from WineSmith's personal library

These offers are now live on our store. Sorry for our earlier dysfunction.

Clark
by Clark Smith
January 26th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: WineSmith Wines by Postmodern Winemaker Clark Smith
Replies: 2
Views: 569

WineSmith Wines by Postmodern Winemaker Clark Smith

These offers are now live on our store. Sorry for our earlier dysfunction.

Clark
by Clark Smith
January 25th, 2018, 11:48 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Rare treasures from WineSmith's personal library
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Rare treasures from WineSmith's personal library

[youtube]jhCdg3-zdbg[/youtube] Clark Smith is offering limited retrospective tastings from his personal library for Advance Purchase on BerserkerDay Eve. Share the experience and the cost with your worthy wine geek friends. [cheers.gif] We ship to: AL AK AZ CA CO CT DC DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS LA ...
by Clark Smith
January 23rd, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: BerserkerDay IX Master Thread/FAQ - Records set!!! Over $500,000 in wine/wine related goods sold!
Replies: 252
Views: 13455

BerserkerDay IX Master Thread/FAQ (Please Read) T MINUS 4 DAYS!

Todd or anybody,

We have a few rare vertical offerings which we would like to offer on the Early Purchase Forum January 26th.

How do we set that up? Do we just set up a second thread in the Pre-Launch Forum?

Grateful for the advice.

Clark Smith
by Clark Smith
January 16th, 2018, 5:02 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: WineSmith Wines by Postmodern Winemaker Clark Smith
Replies: 2
Views: 569

WineSmith Wines by Postmodern Winemaker Clark Smith

[youtube]jhCdg3-zdbg[/youtube] Special offers from the hand of postmodern winemaker Clark Smith. [cheers.gif] We ship to AL AK AZ CA CO CT DC DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS LA ME MD MA MI MN MO MT NE NH NV NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX VT VA WA WV WI WY Santa Cruz Mountains Bates Ranch Viney...
by Clark Smith
October 9th, 2017, 1:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are higher alcohol wines less age worthy?
Replies: 65
Views: 1974

Are higher alcohol wines less age worthy?

Generally missing from this discussion is what is meant by graceful aging. Defects in dry wines such as dry tannins, oxidation and volatile acidity tend to be positives in sweet wines. It is simply silly to bring dessert wines into any discussion of ageworthiness of dry wines. In Sauternes, a modicu...
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: WineSmith Berserker Day Offers
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

WineSmith Berserker Day Offers

rjquillin wrote:No Roman Reserve?
That would have a good story to share here...
Roman Reserve is up, Good point, we just added it.

- Mike
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: WineSmith Berserker Day Offers
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

WineSmith Berserker Day Offers

We just added the Roman Reserve Two-pack to our offers on the site! A really remarkable wine, Lake County Cabernet Franc made without any preservatives, sulfites. Five years in old barrels. Still a youngster with decades of age-worthiness ahead.
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: WineSmith Berserker Day Offers
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

WineSmith Berserker Day Offers

I just finished your Postmodern book Clark and am really looking forward to trying these. I just ordered a Mystery Pack. :) Any questions from the book? Tons... as somebody who does NOT have an Oenology degree, or has ever made wine, just about most of the science/chemistry parts were over my head....
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Briceland Vineyards • Humboldt Pinots, Zin, Syrah & More. OFFERS 4-7 • THANKS TO EVERYONE!
Replies: 18
Views: 1559

Briceland Vineyards • Humboldt Pinots, Zin, Syrah & More

Appellation America’s winemaker tasting panel reviewed these wines recently. I was not able to find time to post our results in time for this sale, so I thought I’d post our thoughts. Briceland is a really important winery when it comes to exploring Pinot Noir terroir. Andrew pretty much makes every...
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2017, 10:32 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: WineSmith Berserker Day Offers
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

WineSmith Berserker Day Offers

CliftonD wrote:Ordered a Mystery Pack as well.

Clark, would you be able to sign the Crucible as well? (Since I missed the offer over at WW in July)

Confirmation page showed my "mystery wine". Got the PS. [cheers.gif]
You betcha. My pleasure.
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2017, 10:14 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: WineSmith Berserker Day Offers
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

WineSmith Berserker Day Offers

BFrazier wrote:I just finished your Postmodern book Clark and am really looking forward to trying these. I just ordered a Mystery Pack. :)
Any questions from the book?
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2017, 10:12 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: WineSmith Berserker Day Offers
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

WineSmith Berserker Day Offers

We can offer Two Jakes Roman Reserve 2010 Cab Franc. Why not? How 'bout two bottles for $64 (that's 36% off) and free shipping. We'll put it on the site.
by Clark Smith
January 17th, 2017, 2:18 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: WineSmith Berserker Day Offers
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

WineSmith Berserker Day Offers

https://img-production-vinoshipper.s3.amazonaws.com/winery/805/df156640-0964-4072-9386-891885c507b9.jpg WineSmith 2005 Faux Chablis 3 Pack - $59.97 Shipping Included SRP $120 + Shipping 100% Chardonnay in a Chablis style - extremely dense and minerally, great palate energy, no apparent oak and 12.9...
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2016, 5:20 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Hidden Beauty: Wondrous Wine Microphotography Offer from WineSmith
Replies: 6
Views: 929

Hidden Beauty: Wondrous Wine Microphotography Offer from WineSmith

Thanks! There is much to learn from looking at the true structure as you sip the wines.
by Clark Smith
January 27th, 2016, 9:10 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Hidden Beauty: Wondrous Wine Microphotography Offer from WineSmith
Replies: 6
Views: 929

Hidden Beauty: Wondrous Wine Microphotography Offer from WineSmith

Yes, Ron - I appreciate how closely you follow WineSmith doings, but the Mangels Syrah was below the radar for a long time. I actually sold 1700 cases of it seven years ago under the Tightwad label, but kept this one barrel to see what it would do. There's videos of us bottling it on my Kickstarter ...
by Clark Smith
January 25th, 2016, 2:48 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Hidden Beauty: Wondrous Wine Microphotography Offer from WineSmith
Replies: 6
Views: 929

Hidden Beauty: Wondrous Wine Microphotography Offer from WineSmith

WineSmith’s 2016 BerserkerDay Special Offer This year’s WineSmith offers explore the intriguing world of Dr. Sondra Barrett’s wine micro-photography . Rarely are the tools of science employed to illuminate wine’s aesthetic mysteries. Blending her passions to illuminate and investigate life, world r...
by Clark Smith
August 10th, 2015, 4:30 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer

If you were thinking about getting in on this, I think today is the day. I am looking forward to tasting some of these. The bottling is now complete, despite some improbable and apparently insurmountable difficulties. Like Friday at 4:55PM, we had no glass yet delivered, for example. But then they ...
by Clark Smith
August 4th, 2015, 11:44 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer

Okay, we've exited from our old webstore which was doing those peculiar calculations. We've refunded everybody the extra sales tax. Thanks everybody for your patience. It is really moving to me that we were able to complete the Kickstarter campaign based solely on 20 wineberserkers who have faith in...
by Clark Smith
August 1st, 2015, 4:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer

Many thanks to everyone who helped me out with the Kickstarter Campaign, which squeaked over the top with $10,250. The futures offer will continue until August 10th, the day we bottle. Five of my most interesting wines ever. Mix a case as you like for free delivery December 1st, with 36% off. Use th...
by Clark Smith
July 27th, 2015, 4:00 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer

So Clark...how come your website wants to charge tax on the pre-discount price? Seems rather unusual... Yes, we have only just noticed this glitch in the FUTURES2015 discount structure. We will need to refund this bogus charge to everyone. I hope this doesn't dissuade folks from purchases while we ...
by Clark Smith
July 26th, 2015, 10:28 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer

That Pinot that has been sitting around all these years in oak has my piqued interest. What can you tell us about the grapes on the way in, (pH, brix, TA, etc.) tannic structure and winemaking techniques that lead you to a wine that can handle this much time in BBL. From your POV, where is it in te...
by Clark Smith
July 25th, 2015, 5:06 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer

I'm quite intrigued, but I've honestly never heard of Clark or his wines before now. Does anyone have any tasting notes, testimonials, or description of the style of the wines that might help me and others like me? Thanks. I see some notes from other wines of his on CT, but it would be more useful ...
by Clark Smith
July 24th, 2015, 1:35 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer

I'm quite intrigued, but I've honestly never heard of Clark or his wines before now. Does anyone have any tasting notes, testimonials, or description of the style of the wines that might help me and others like me? Thanks. I see some notes from other wines of his on CT, but it would be more useful ...
by Clark Smith
July 24th, 2015, 7:34 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer

You guys are great! Between you two and Chris Pearmund, a great Virginia winemaker, I'm $1600 into the $5K I need! Four days to go. Keep it up, guys.

By the way, Chris's 2012 Ameritage got Best of Class at the Long Beach Grand Cru last weekend. Well worth your attention.
by Clark Smith
July 23rd, 2015, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith Kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 1211

Clark Smith Kickstarter

Oh, and I would be remiss not to ask about the 2010 Roman Cab Franc as it is conspicuously missing from the list - is this something that will eventually be released under the Two Jakes of Diamonds label? Best Cab Franc I have ever tasted! [cheers.gif] You got it right. The wine is still in barrel,...
by Clark Smith
July 23rd, 2015, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith Kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 1211

Clark Smith Kickstarter

I just set up a thread in Commerce Corner titled Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer.

Your support is greatly appreciated. These are pretty neat wines.
by Clark Smith
July 23rd, 2015, 12:31 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Clark Smith's Kickstarter Campaign and Futures Offer

Thanks, Todd for the courtesy to Berserker Business members to post offers here. I respect the non-commercial nature of these Boards and hope the membership will grant me special circumstances status in the following appeal. My Kickstarter Campaign is trying to raise $10,000. We are at $3860 from 33...
by Clark Smith
July 21st, 2015, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith Kickstarter
Replies: 13
Views: 1211

Clark Smith Kickstarter

Thanks, everybody, for your concern about my Kickstarter campaign. David has explained the situation accurately. I would have loved to put a futures deal in place, but alcohol sales and discounts are both forbidden on Kickstarter. I appreciate the advice about Cruzu.com and will look into it if I ev...
by Clark Smith
May 24th, 2015, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

Just met one of the few growers on the island of Porto Santo of the Madeira archipelago. Grows a mix of Carichol and Listrao varieties in the most primitive fashion possible. The soil is very sandy and the 60 year old vines lay on the ground and snake everywhere. When a bunch is forming, he props t...
by Clark Smith
May 23rd, 2015, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

The subject of the psychology of wine and wine sales is huge. My point was that wineries like to keep silent about their use of anything more complicated than the wheel because they know how sensitive people are. Nobody mentions Velcorin on their website that i know of...It's always about how we ju...
by Clark Smith
May 23rd, 2015, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

It's nice to say that what matters is what is in the glass, but this is a saying that ignores all kinds of research in psychology. If I am out selling our Uvaggio Vermentino, and somebody says, Mel also sells barrels, then people will say, Wow, nice oak ! Then I don't know whether to go along or sa...
by Clark Smith
May 21st, 2015, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

And Clark, your comments about tannins still intrigue me - have you run this past folks like James Kennedy or Doug Adams or Jim Harbertson for 'verification'? Seems like it would be easy to do so. I still am of the belief that most tannin in wines does NOT come from the seeds but instead from the s...
by Clark Smith
May 21st, 2015, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

And Clark, your comments about tannins still intrigue me - have you run this past folks like James Kennedy or Doug Adams or Jim Harbertson for 'verification'? Seems like it would be easy to do so. I still am of the belief that most tannin in wines does NOT come from the seeds but instead from the s...
by Clark Smith
May 21st, 2015, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

Anyway, there are a lot of stigmas in wine and winemaking. Many have little to do with reality. Ultimately it is what's in the glass that matters.... I must admit, it is mind boggling to see how widely held that viewpoint is among the Wineberserkers community participating here. Wes, I agree with y...
by Clark Smith
May 18th, 2015, 2:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

But I cannot yield the high ground on the matter of terroir expression. I have already explained at great length how and why I make Chablis-styled Napa Chardonnay in order to uncover its true grape aromatics. Rest assured, Clark, that the high ground is neither yours to yield nor to defend. On thes...
by Clark Smith
May 18th, 2015, 1:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

Alan, up thread you said: "Would anyone disagree that the benchmark for a truly great wine should be that it has as little done to it after harvest as possible (within the normal framework of accepted winemaking around the world - which still opens a can of worms in terms of yeast, chaptalization, ...
by Clark Smith
May 18th, 2015, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

If the seeds are recombined and/or some unprocessed must is combined into the fermentation, these effects can be mitigated to any extent desired. (Bold in the quote added by me) Seems that those pursuing flash detente wouldn't have clean unprocessed must in the volumes to completely mitigate the ef...
by Clark Smith
May 18th, 2015, 1:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

Wes, thanks for posting that link, and Clark for the further commentary on flash detente. In addition to the issues of astringency, color stability and ageability you mention above, I would also question whether this technique reduces the complexity of the wine's nose. Volatiles are removed, which ...
by Clark Smith
May 18th, 2015, 1:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

Clark, Did you really just say that most of the astringency in red wines comes from seed tannins and not skin tannins? Really? I would beg to differ, as would many who have researched tannins in red wines for much longer than I have. And there does not seem to be much difference in the wines you're...
by Clark Smith
May 17th, 2015, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

The flash detente article Wes shared points out my primary apprehension to more recent manipulation methods: they don't have a long track record. For wines meant for short term consumption, I don't give it a second though. For wines I intend to age however, there's that added risk. Flash detente is...
by Clark Smith
May 16th, 2015, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

Mel Knox wrote:Clark,

I feel so much better now.

Here is my idea: let's make a Pinot Noir with Adam Lee and bring it down to 12.5% alc...Then we will join In Pursuit of Balance.

My plan is for Adam to mess with Raj some more....could be fun.
You're on.
by Clark Smith
May 16th, 2015, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

What makes me worry is that you are right, that we are going to live in a world of frankenwines (and I m not talking about riesling from Franconia) in which RO is an indispensable tool. When the line between the words winemaker and food scientist are blurred, then the thrill is gone. I can assure y...
by Clark Smith
May 16th, 2015, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

I'm at a loss to understand why you think I was disagreeing with Bruce. Or why you think I'm someone who has, as you put it, "the willies" with regards to anything technological and wine. Even a cursory read of anything I've posted here would indicate otherwise, so I am mystified as to why this is ...
by Clark Smith
May 16th, 2015, 12:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

Not wishing to ruin the Champenois' day, but the method of popping bubbles into a still wine known today as the "method Champenois" or the "method traditionelle" is, in fact a method known some 30 years before DP made his "error" it was an Englishman, John Merrett who needs the credit. A quick wiki...
by Clark Smith
May 15th, 2015, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

I would agree with Alan, though, if the discussion is about greatness in terroirs.... I think that definitionally a terroir must show the ability to yield top wines made without higher levels of manipulation in order to be called 'great'. [And then there's Champagne....] Champagne is an interesting...
by Clark Smith
May 15th, 2015, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking

Zut! Seems the French have been stealing my idea, bottling VRAI Faux Chablis all along. http://bit.ly/1E9DWDu

Wait, which is the real Faux?
by Clark Smith
May 14th, 2015, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clark Smith: Removing the Manipulation Stigma from Winemaking
Replies: 478
Views: 12649

Hmmmm...

I'm not even averse to filtering, or RO , if it can help a wine in some way. I probably draw the line at Spinning Cone, because to me that crosses the line into a tailored, manufactured product . Alan, I don't understand this statement at all. Why is RO OK, but SC is not. They're both just differen...

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