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by Viet Ly
August 10th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 4471

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

Agree with Mt Eden Chard. Yesterday had a 2017 Cobb Doc's Ranch that was drinking really nicely. Had a 2008 Stony Hill Chard two years ago, enjoyed the experience but a little richer/denser than I prefer for the varietal.
by Viet Ly
July 17th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New buyers are going to be paying a lot more for their fine wine.
Replies: 244
Views: 13075

Re: New buyers are going to be paying a lot more for their fine wine.

... The demographics suggest that the market will continue to expand.... Well let's see, Japan's population is essential flat, China will be a nation of old people within our lifetime, Russia is declining in pop, the US under the new admin wants to limit immigration (one of the only drivers of our ...
by Viet Ly
April 28th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from potentially over the hill wines discovered during quarantine inventory
Replies: 46
Views: 2467

Re: TNs from potentially over the hill wines discovered during quarantine inventory

-- On a recent thread someone on here said Paloma was the producer that got him into wine -- I assumed boxers as well haha -- Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage: I've enjoyed a glass of this wine recently, forgot which year. Interesting that it was considered good QPR back then. I often see this wine a...
by Viet Ly
April 14th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 50
Views: 4589

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

I think that Coastlands vineyard is a truly special site. The fruit from there is so distinctive - tiny berries, incredible concentration, wonderful acid profile. Williams Selyem (where I just worked harvest) gets some of the fruit (and it’s my personal favorite) but the Cobbs (who own the vineyard...
by Viet Ly
April 7th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 6282

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

I opened a 2013 Hallberg Pinot Noir during the week. Ripe, but elegant with pomegranate, florals, and blood orange. Just what I want from Pinot. I have another bottle that I will leave for a while, as well as the ‘14 and ‘15 Hallberg from the Berserker Day order. Drinking the same wine today 👍 Best...
by Viet Ly
March 9th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 1884

Re: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?

I've only had 2 of his wines. A recent vintage of 8 Years in the Desert, which my wife and I did not like (might have scored it around 79 points), although we're not big Zin fans. I would politely decline that wine if it was offered to me. However, we recently had a Mercury Head that I was prepared...
by Viet Ly
March 5th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's with all the thread dredging?
Replies: 27
Views: 1389

Re: What's with all the thread dredging?

Scott Watkins wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Nope the wine world is dead at retail.
RIP Alan
by Viet Ly
March 4th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 50
Views: 4589

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

Thanks for the info. Will be listening to it on my commute home today [cheers.gif] Please update us on the wines you end up tasting and your thoughts. I'm a big fan on Littorai but I think they are less fruit forward in a style more similar to Failla (which I also enjoy) based on my experience. I th...
by Viet Ly
February 25th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4650

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

My first time to this event. I focused mainly on the outdoor station. From memory/no formal notes: -- Enjoyed the Kutch Trout Gulch, pretty yellow lemon fruit popping with the bright acidity. I love acid but probably too high acid for my wife or those who don't like it. Would be great with food. -- ...
by Viet Ly
February 7th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!
Replies: 85
Views: 3839

Re: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!

It sounds like you really want the whole room to have that custom cellar look but you know that the wine fridge setup would be more sensible in terms of cost and home owner's perspective. I think you can do custom fridge install (like the pictures from cjsavino's post) and still make it look really ...
by Viet Ly
January 17th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".
Replies: 33
Views: 2056

Re: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".

Congrats! Thank you for posting. I'm a big fan of pinot noir with duck. Life is good when you're sharing good food/wine with family (and good friends are sending over more wines). Cheers!
by Viet Ly
December 2nd, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2139

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

I'd be happy to open and pour myself but have to restrain myself from doing so because I think it would come off wrong to the server/other guests attending.
by Viet Ly
November 22nd, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 50
Views: 2539

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

Metras for Beaujolais. My personal faves, Roilette and Thivin, venture deeper into the darks. Metras might depend on one's definition of "pure" and the specific bottle of Metras, but I get it. I would say Daniel Bouland, a producer that gets far too little attention, in my opinion. I would have als...
by Viet Ly
November 13th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2993

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Thanks again to Frank and Jill for hosting and also to everyone for their contributions. I had a great time and felt lucky to attend this event and spend time with a great group of people. Disclaimer on my notes here: I am not experienced with big tastings (or even wine compared to many others on he...
by Viet Ly
October 14th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Mousse, Marie-Courtin, Copain, Rivers-Marie and Lagier Meredith
Replies: 14
Views: 1086

Re: TNs: Mousse, Marie-Courtin, Copain, Rivers-Marie and Lagier Meredith

Well done guys. Enjoyed reading the notes!
by Viet Ly
August 26th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suntacular 2019--a bunch of Champagne TNs and some red wines
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Re: Suntacular 2019--a bunch of Champagne TNs and some red wines

Thanks for a fun Monday morning read Frank. Hope I can make the next one!

Here's the link for those interested:
https://www.laurashouse.org/donate
by Viet Ly
July 21st, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Pierre Moncuit - Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru)
Replies: 8
Views: 738

Re: TN: NV Pierre Moncuit - Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru)

Viet, Envoyer originally offered the 2006 Millesime back in Feb 2016 for $49.99. This is at least the second offer - but at a 20% price hike. FWIW I opened a bottle last weekend and liked it very much. Stylistically it reminded me of Bollinger. Haha, I guess that’s why there are some left even thou...
by Viet Ly
July 19th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Pierre Moncuit - Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru)
Replies: 8
Views: 738

Re: TN: NV Pierre Moncuit - Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru)

Thanks for the note. Envoyer offered the 2006 Pierre Moncuit Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésimé (Domaine Direct Late Release) for $60 on pre-arrival last week. I responded two days ago and was able to get a bottle. Heads up in case you were interested.
by Viet Ly
June 4th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: The 2017 Clarice Wine Company Pinot Noirs
Replies: 5
Views: 1024

Re: TNs: The 2017 Clarice Wine Company Pinot Noirs

Thanks for posting notes Frank. Wine + music = happy times. I visited the Siduri (in their Santa Rosa location) in 2009 or 2010 when I first started enjoying PN. I can't remember if I met with Adam or someone else. The funny thing is even from that photo I still can't tell (insert all white guys loo...
by Viet Ly
June 3rd, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Weeknight TNs: Levet, Marie-Courtin, Carlisle, PYCM, Leoville Poyferre +
Replies: 17
Views: 1741

Re: Some Weeknight TNs: Levet, Marie-Courtin, Carlisle, PYCM, Leoville Poyferre +

Thanks Frank for starting this thread. It was a busy week at home/work so I'm a little late with my post. Will post photos soon! Todd: I envy your bottles of the 2000 Chateau Leoville Poyferre as it was my WOTN. Agree with Curtis, not a "big" wine and was drinking balanced with early stage of maturi...
by Viet Ly
May 31st, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine
Replies: 55
Views: 2329

Re: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine

You and your chicken wings... Charlie, these folks wonder how you and I stay so svelte and age-defiant. Eat leanly, folks, and drink well. Alcohol tastes better than fatty meat; less calories, too. Then come cycling with us in this brutal Florida heat. Fu would last 1/2 mile. Todd's muscles are too...
by Viet Ly
May 30th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Dinner in London Recommendation?
Replies: 15
Views: 997

Re: Dinner in London Recommendation?

Thanks Jay - Gymkhana is fully booked.. that would've been perfect - right near my hotel!. Dan - i'll send 67PM an email.. they can only say no right :) Barry - i understand and appreciate your thought. On most topics i agree it's better to consolidate (i.e. 1 TN thread on a wine vs 10 different TN...
by Viet Ly
May 14th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2377

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Chris Seiber wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 1:05 pm

Costco, Whole Foods, Vons, and Other Places to Buy Expensive Wines Where Your Spouse Won't Notice on the Credit Card Statement
Guilty [wow.gif]. Also guilty of expecting you to have a full beard when we first met [wow.gif]
by Viet Ly
May 8th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86873

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Anyone else grab some of those 2014 Produttori? I went for Rabaja x 2 and then emailed and picked up the 2015 Normale x 3 for $32 Was about to buy some 2014 riserva but a quick search in winesearcher showed a local store available for $10 less (and ready for pick up), so I purchased there. Hoping t...
by Viet Ly
May 7th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 91
Views: 6865

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

To clarify my post: the first bottle had a honey and waxy note which I associated with the varietal/Chenin but tasted very fresh and I did not associate it with premox. The second bottle had a very faint nose/taste like a white wine that sat in a fridge for a few days. I equated that with very sligh...
by Viet Ly
May 7th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th
Replies: 58
Views: 2652

Re: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th

My 'anywhere' ended up to be Willamette Valley, revisiting an old friend... (given the number of 'curmudgeon' threads we have lately) 2012 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Curmudgeon Cuvée Armstrong Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (5/6/2019) What a transformation! Upon opening, th...
by Viet Ly
May 7th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2001
Views: 257976

Re: Official Costco Thread

Didn't spend a lot of time in the wine aisle, but I did notice a few new Italian wines in SLO this weekend: 2015 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Superiore Le Orme $9.99 (we went through several of these the last time Costco had them) 2015 Castelli del Grevepesa Chianti Classico Castelgreve $12.99 20...
by Viet Ly
May 6th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 91
Views: 6865

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

My 2005s went south relatively quickly. Premox? We really need to get off this premox hysteria, people. There's only been one known vintage where the domaine had widespread issues with it and that was 2002. Some things to remember are that 1) Chenin tends to showy oxy with some age on it, 2) the ma...
by Viet Ly
May 6th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th
Replies: 58
Views: 2652

Re: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th

PN, yum. I had a glass of the 2014 DuMol RRV PN that I enjoyed a few months back. Will drink PN for dinner on Sunday for Mother's Day and report back. Edit: just remembered/entered a tasting note on a bottle of 2013 Anthill Farms PN Cambell Ranch Vineyard that we drank on Saturday: Expressive nose o...
by Viet Ly
April 25th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9633

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I wasn't going to look at this thread, but I succumbed. Glad I did! It isn't about Washington state wine, at all! LOL me too. Enjoyed reading all the archived posts from another era. It must have been fun to be on those OG message boards (and be at the very beginning like Tom Hill). While you guys ...
by Viet Ly
April 24th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9633

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I wasn't going to look at this thread, but I succumbed. Glad I did! It isn't about Washington state wine, at all! LOL me too. Enjoyed reading all the archived posts from another era. It must have been fun to be on those OG message boards (and be at the very beginning like Tom Hill). While you guys ...
by Viet Ly
April 24th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 46
Views: 2241

Re: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion

Hey Victor. I’m still trying to decipher all the inside jokes about you from the East Coast crew. You have a large persona here, based on your parsimony and various forms of chagrin/bemusement about your fellow NYers ... as far as I can tell. I don’t recall you posting a lot about actual wines. But...
by Viet Ly
April 17th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Paring Red by Jonota
Replies: 31
Views: 2691

Re: The Paring Red by Jonota

Got some nice Italian wine there including another one for 19.99 that made this last years top 100 in WS. They had the 2012 for 19.99 and then got the 13 in for the same price. Carpineto Vino Nobile di Multepulciano Riserva I drank the 2010 Carpineto Vino Nobile Riserva on Sunday, and really enjoye...
by Viet Ly
April 16th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1772
Views: 110599

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Troy Stark wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 11:04 am
Sorry, it was actually January (not trying to rub salt in the wound...)

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Lol, wow... even worse -_-;
by Viet Ly
April 16th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1772
Views: 110599

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Troy Stark wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 10:17 am
Viet Ly wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 9:50 am
I bit for a pair of the 2008 Paul Bara Special Club offered this morning.
I was surprised to see the price jumped $20/btl since they offered it back in November.
$20 increase? Remorse kicking in....
by Viet Ly
April 16th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1772
Views: 110599

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I bit for a pair of the 2008 Paul Bara Special Club offered this morning. Wanted some Marguet but I know my wife is not a fan of no dosage Champagne. We've enjoyed Paul Bara together in the past, and 2008 is our wedding vintage. Rationalizing my purchase since 2019 budget is going fast and it's onl...
by Viet Ly
April 16th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1772
Views: 110599

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Josh Grossman wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 10:02 am
Viet Ly wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 9:50 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 9:43 am
I don’t think gcdo will be hard to find at 80 a pop
What does gcdo stand for?
Grand Cellier d’Or
D'oh, thanks for clarifying Josh.
by Viet Ly
April 16th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2001
Views: 257976

Re: Official Costco Thread

Are most of you all seeing 2009 Dom before 2008? I believe that is how Dom is releasing the bottles. [smileyvault-ban.gif] what's the issue with the question? I think C is just joking with you. Check out this article: https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/dom-perignon-2008-release-marks-the-end-of-an-...
by Viet Ly
April 16th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1772
Views: 110599

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I don’t think gcdo will be hard to find at 80 a pop What does gcdo stand for? I bit for a pair of the 2008 Paul Bara Special Club offered this morning. Wanted some Marguet but I know my wife is not a fan of no dosage Champagne. We've enjoyed Paul Bara together in the past, and 2008 is our wedding v...
by Viet Ly
March 15th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty tricks & 2010 Château de Pibarnon Bandol
Replies: 10
Views: 636

Re: Dirty tricks & 2010 Château de Pibarnon Bandol

I did this by accident during a dinner party 10 years ago: the group was already a couple of bottles in and I decided to do a Siduri PN blind side by side, same vintage but different region (I think Sta Rita Hills and Russian River Valley). I opened the bottles and had my wife decant into two decant...
by Viet Ly
March 7th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug 164 or 165 (plus close-to-Aulani suggestions)?
Replies: 18
Views: 1023

Re: Krug 164 or 165 (plus close-to-Aulani suggestions)?

Went to Aulani with two other families last year and walking to the Four Seasons next door for their Sunday brunch (La Hiki) without the kids was great. We also enjoyed dinner at Noe (even with the kids). We happily paid the corkage fees at both meals.
by Viet Ly
March 1st, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8844

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Thanks for posting. Cost more $ but I'm sure it feels good every time you walk by or grab a bottle from the cellar.
by Viet Ly
February 6th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5595

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

I think Wine for Normal People sort of has this weird Anti-New World agenda. The few episodes I listened to that praise New World wines are usually from winemakers who stick to the old world style. its weird because she hosts Sonoma wine events. mostly, I think her opinions are inconsistent. she is...
by Viet Ly
February 6th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1772
Views: 110599

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Checked out the small stock area at Envoyer today. Really great selection with some fantastic prices. Ended up leaving with a few '71 Barisone and '71 Brero Barolos (anyone know where these are from?), a five year old ex-cellar Vilmart Rubis, and a few 2016 Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Pinot Gris ...
by Viet Ly
February 6th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé
Replies: 24
Views: 728

Re: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé

Thanks Neal for the info and guys for chiming in. I didn't get the email offer so I sent them an email requesting two if still available [berserker.gif] I moved to Irvine last week, so I'll be a lot closer to Envoyer now [help.gif] I wish their website was better. Is Frank the right channel to put i...
by Viet Ly
February 6th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé
Replies: 24
Views: 728

Re: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé

Brig: thanks for the notes and offer. Nice call on the 2008 blind! Brad: I remember reading Frank's Champagne write up talking about how there was a curtain separating their cellar during his visit. Thanks for filing us in with the details. Cris: if you're a fan it must be some good stuff [cheers.gif]
by Viet Ly
February 5th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé
Replies: 24
Views: 728

Re: TN: NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé

alan weinberg wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 9:35 am
you Godmé with this note. Will seek it out.
LOL

I've been wanting to try their Champagne for a while too. Hopefully I can get in on that Envoyer train before it's all sold out [truce.gif]
by Viet Ly
February 5th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2932

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

Also did dry January for the first time and had pretty similar observations: a realisation of how many low value drinks I could drop with ease, much better sleep and not missing it as much as I expected. The one component I did not expect: resuming drinking last weekend was vastly less enjoyable th...
by Viet Ly
February 5th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
Replies: 16
Views: 737

Re: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet

Sounds like an incredible night, Blake. Thanks for sharing.

PS: Blake is super laid back when you meet him in person. Also, an aura of positive vibes that I think emanates from the long hair [dance-clap.gif]

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