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by ChristopherSK
October 16th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 33
Views: 3646

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

JF should receive 6 months of home detention (or possibly a half way house) as a last component of his sentence, which is in place of time he normally would have had to serve; and then there are other good time reductions of his sentence. The relatively recent federal First Step Act requires 6 month...
by ChristopherSK
October 5th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Léoville Barton
Replies: 25
Views: 2173

Re: 2002 Léoville Barton

I had a bottle a few years ago and thought it needed more time. I am thrilled by the notes showing positive evolution, and think I will wait at least 3 more years before giving it a pop.
by ChristopherSK
October 4th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes Updates?
Replies: 39
Views: 2425

Re: Finger Lakes Updates?

About Bloomer, I also was greatly impressed by their 2013 chard when I had it in 2018 but did not buy any as I was headed up to Montreal for a few days; my loss. As I understand that 2015 was a very good vintage, I hope Bloomer does not sell out of the Chard too fast. I better shoot them an email to...
by ChristopherSK
October 2nd, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15
Replies: 140
Views: 7399

Re: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15

Here's another 2008 Oregon I found in my cellar. 2008 Sineann Pinot Noir Schindler Vineyard. Clocks in at 14.8% which is certainly higher than I like it, but it is getting favorable reviews. https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/wine.asp?iWine=723198 I don't think I have ever had a wine from this pr...
by ChristopherSK
October 2nd, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes Updates?
Replies: 39
Views: 2425

Re: Finger Lakes Updates?

Mike, I strongly recommend Bloomer Creek which was mentioned by Jon. I have visited Bloomer each of the last two years. They are only open Saturday and Sunday and I found all of their wines to high quality. As I tend to only enjoy and buy "French" chards, I was particularly impressed by their 2014 o...
by ChristopherSK
October 1st, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15
Replies: 140
Views: 7399

Re: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15

How would Saturday April 4, 2020 or Saturday April 18, 2020 sound as a date to east coast do this? Side note, had a 2008 Domaine Drouhin, their entry level pinot on Friday. What a balanced pinot with fruit acid and earth, I just adored it. (purchased a couple bottles late 2014 from Brentwood, perfec...
by ChristopherSK
September 25th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15
Replies: 140
Views: 7399

Re: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15

I was thinking a date in early April of 2020 is probably best, as that way it is unlikely that weather will interfere. The more wines we all have to choose from the better, as that way we can whittle it down to whatever number we would think would be best; I am suggesting 12. Also, if we get some wi...
by ChristopherSK
September 24th, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15
Replies: 140
Views: 7399

Re: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15

I drink Oregon pinots only about twice a month. I would not label myself as "highly knowledgeable" about Oregon wines whatsoever, although they have been on my radar since 87 when I had an Eryie pinot. What attracted me to 2008 Oregons? I find that I learn the most about regions and vintages through...
by ChristopherSK
September 21st, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change and German wine
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Climate change and German wine

Well, I can't help but agree that climate change has helped Germany. NY's Finger Lakes and Canada's Niagara on the Lake regions have also greatly benefited. The days of northeastern wineries buying a truckload of huge bags of granulated sugar to chapitalize are long gone. (And I remember unloading t...
by ChristopherSK
September 21st, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 White Cottage Ranch Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 3
Views: 292

TN: 1997 White Cottage Ranch Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Purchased two bottles some months back from Spectrum auctions, let it sit for 6 months after receiving it before I popped the first last night. Cork in pristine shape, and based on how it showed, leads me to believe that this bottle is representative of how it should present. Alcohol well in check i...
by ChristopherSK
September 21st, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15
Replies: 140
Views: 7399

Re: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15

Great input. I don't know "enough" about Oregon pinots so I will gladly cede the flight organizations to whomever is up to the task. As well as the determination of "when" to decant the wine.
by ChristopherSK
September 20th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15
Replies: 140
Views: 7399

Re: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15

YW, but the experience and what we can all learn from a group of fellow wine lovers trying out a bunch of 2008 Oregon pinots together is worth every penny I paid, which was really not that much. Here's the list of what I could find so far in my cellar, but I think I have more than the 14 I have list...
by ChristopherSK
September 18th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15
Replies: 140
Views: 7399

Re: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15

I am enamored by the 2008 Oregon pinots. Over the past few years I have been purchasing and trying my best not to drink (and temp controlled cellaring of course) a broad selection of 2008 oregon pinots so that I could organize a tasting for about 10 other people on the east coast, most likely hostin...
by ChristopherSK
September 14th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 847
Views: 55497

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Bollinger isn't that Special Cuvee. I do think it is something special!

by ChristopherSK
September 11th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 49
Views: 2924

Re: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Check this out as I just looked at wine searcher. Wine cellarage in nyc, for only 34 bucks plus tax and shipping. They only have 12 bottles of the 2014 Sociando Mallet.

https://winecellarage.com/wine/2014-cha ... aut-medoc/
by ChristopherSK
September 11th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 49
Views: 2924

Re: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Yep, plus tax and shipping if you ship. I tend to get to NYC every few months, so I can take my beat up yet trusty viking chariot (a 2000 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon, with a 5 speed manual) and can bring back a lot of vino.
by ChristopherSK
September 11th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 49
Views: 2924

Re: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

I am not shilling in the slightest David. But, at Millesima Sociando Mallet is only 38 for 750s. Mags at 76. You have to wait 4 to 6 months for delivery. I am currently waiting on some halves of 2014 GPL. Unlike premier cru, I have never had a problem with Millesima. https://www.millesima-usa.com/ch...
by ChristopherSK
September 11th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 49
Views: 2924

Re: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Robert, I have found that Lanessan has such a solid track record from year to year (in good years), which is why I posted the price of the 2018 as I think its a steal buy. The price hasn't even been adjusted up yet, as that's the initial offering price. Half bottles tack on another 25 per case for t...
by ChristopherSK
September 11th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 49
Views: 2924

Re: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Yw. The 2018 Lanessan's only $14.20 plus tax at Millesima in NYC. Double that with NO upcharge for magnums.

https://www.millesima-usa.com/chateau-l ... -2018.html
by ChristopherSK
September 11th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 49
Views: 2924

Re: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

I too bought the 2014 as a future, in halves, 750s and mags. It's already throwing some sediment, and as my palate prefers leaner left bank wines, after a 2 hour decant it drank well. Here's a great article on Lanessan, which I think has to be in the top 3 of under $25 QPR best Bordeaux that can age...
by ChristopherSK
September 11th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 33
Views: 1172

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

Great tips Otto. I don't know if I will be able to visit there, but some of the Georgian varietals have shown promise in the Finger Lakes wine region in central New York. In particular, Saperavi, Sereksiya Charni, and rkatsiteli.
by ChristopherSK
August 30th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?
Replies: 73
Views: 1878

Re: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?

I do what Howard does. Cost includes shipping and taxes, but I also add on the pro rated cost for the expense of a receiving location (such as at Domaine wine cellars) if I have a half pallet or close to a pallet that they store in bulk storage. I then have 30 days to pick it all up to avoid additio...
by ChristopherSK
August 30th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 593702

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

I was thankfully under the needed amount which is why they could not seek clawback. (BTW, see my edit addition. There very well might be some poetic justice out there, but we are not aware of it. It's possible that someone initiated suit against an employee or two in jurisdictions other than Califor...
by ChristopherSK
August 30th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 593702

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Agreed, those lawyers gotta be paid. How could "they" the employees know or not know about the falsity? (Note, I am not suggesting who if any had requisite knowledge) In the civil context it's only a burden of proof of mere probability. A lot easier to establish versus beyond a reasonable doubt. Pre...
by ChristopherSK
August 30th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 593702

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Having "empty at the moment pockets" is certainly a reason to potentially forgo a fraud action. However, California has wage attachments. A judgment could turn into a lifelong annuity payment of a couple of thousand dollars a year with post judgment interest continuing to accrue.
by ChristopherSK
August 30th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese
Replies: 21
Views: 673

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese

I have had the 2010 ghrs and although I committed wine infanticide and should be punished by being forced to drink a case (over a month) of Yellowtail riesling as punishment, it's showing well with plenty of the 2010 acid which is why I adore that vintage.
by ChristopherSK
August 30th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese
Replies: 21
Views: 673

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese

I have had the 2010 ghrs and although I committed wine infanticide and should be punished by being forced to drink a case (over a month) of Yellowtail riesling as punishment, it's showing well with plenty of the 2010 acid which is why I adore that vintage.
by ChristopherSK
August 30th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2323

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

Last night I opened one of my hasn't shut down yet 2013's. Two years ago I bought a case of 2013 Reinhold Haart Wintricher Ohligsberg Riesling Spatlese, a Rudi Wiest selection that clocked in at a rather sweet 7%. This Mosel is still not shut down as it showed lush white fruits and paired well with ...
by ChristopherSK
August 29th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2323

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

Main question about putting the 2015 Germans away without touching them? I tend to buy riesling by the case, and if its a younger vintage, and I am having a bottle every two or three months, I wait until I get my first bottle that tells me "shutdown", and then I put it away for 4 to 5 or more years....
by ChristopherSK
August 29th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best cheap glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: Best cheap glasses?

You beat me this time Kevin! I have to check out the 1.99 white and red Hederlig wine glasses, as the south Philly Ikea is only a mile and a half away from me.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20154869/
by ChristopherSK
August 29th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect
Replies: 29
Views: 3049

Re: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect

Jim, pm sent with a recommendation of someone who can either help you or should be able to point you in the right direction.
by ChristopherSK
August 29th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve
Replies: 17
Views: 1113

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve

Brian I posted a note about another obscure 1991 cali cab showing real well to this day; a small batch bottling from Monticello Vineyards in Napa. I am going to look for this 1991 Souverain at auction, but I won't bid you up on it if you make the first bid! All these unheralded 1991 gems.
by ChristopherSK
August 28th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?
Replies: 26
Views: 2718

Re: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?

Make that a +2, especially if you include mountain cabs as Mark notes. I am going to wait quite a while before I drink the small amount of 2001 MB that I have, but Mark's posts about longevity of well stored 1977's has me questioning my previously held feeling that I should soon drink my last bottle...
by ChristopherSK
August 27th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1056

Re: Cellar Construction Question

Rajesh, the drip line issue becomes more of a pain if you don't have a sump pump to drain it into (which I have) so Tom's suggestion of draining it to a bucket will work but you have to drain it every few weeks during the summer; if you do this, put some charcoal in the bucket. I concur that you don...
by ChristopherSK
August 27th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1056

Re: Cellar Construction Question

Rajesh, you are going to have to make some tough decisions about what all you want to tear out and keep. A couple things that I can suggest which would work within your current plans. Generally you should have a vapor barrier for everything, walls, ceilings and flooring, including your door that can...
by ChristopherSK
August 27th, 2019, 3:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Ylee, I certainly am not connected in any way with the ownership of HBL, or past or present wine makers or consultants. However, shhhhhh. I will let you in on a secret as I have been given permission to pronounce this here. I am a member of the secret society of Liberal Haut Bages. It's an organizat...
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 593702

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Crap. Just looked at the bankruptcy filing. It's more than 3 years ago.
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 593702

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Has anyone considered or instituted a civil action against employees of premier cru for fraud? Meaning the employees that had knowledge that they were involved in a fraud, and played along and made false statements in order to gain commissions; and I am not sure who all if any were paid in commissio...
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Ron, why don't you make up your mind. Above you note that your experience with the 2000 HBL was similar to Mark's which is a glowing review of the wine. I also happen to read your description of the wine you posted in CT. You wrote giving the wine a 90. Still a solid and enjoyable aged bordeaux. Not...
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Peter, I think I put the faux pas in perspective when I noted that it's an unclassified misdemeanor without possibility of incarceration or probation (i.e, quite minor), which jokingly puts it in perspective when you compare it to John Fox who committed multiple federal felonies and somehow only got...
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Alex, if you consider this harassing then I will most definitely stop posting about this here, and I will certainly reply to your PM with an apology to you. Please send me a PM indicating that you think its harassing and I will post in another thread about the topic of wine blogger and/or wine profe...
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I am harassing a wine blogger on this board? I don't think I am harassing Alex. I am raising critical questions in relation to a blogger's post which readily appears to be of a flawed wine, discussing ethics in relation to wine bloggers and wine professionals in relation to reviewing older wines tha...
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I am outlining what I believe are a component of ethical standards for wine bloggers or wine professionals.
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Wine bloggers are influencers (according to the FTC) Jeff, are the same as wine professionals. What a wine blogger writes, in particular in relation to the subject matter of their blog (such as in a Bordeaux blog) is something viewed by potential consumers as having a degree of reliability higher th...
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

So my good bashers, ye who are wine professional, wine blogger, or WB member and poster. Am I delusional or hallucinating? Is there such a thing as "wine review ethics" in relation to the review by bloggers and/or wine professionals of older wines that would be greatly affected by storage conditions...
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

You are entitled to your opinion Mark. Calling me out on it is fine by me.
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Mark, I will wear your label of pompous, self important ass, and whatever label you want to throw at me as a badge of courage. I know I am being controversial. However, I am NEVER going to take the position that wine bloggers and other wine professionals (bloggers of consumer goods which certainly i...
by ChristopherSK
August 26th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Alex you wrote There is a “comments” section on my site. As far as I know it is active and functioning. You are incorrect Alex. Take a look. You have a no comment blog as no one can respond to or provide input into what you post on your blog. Here's a link to your blog post on the 2000 HBL It was a ...
by ChristopherSK
August 24th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2510

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Neal, Alex did not commit a felony. Nothing close. It'd only an unclassified misdemeanor of the Unified Wine Code (UWC) that has no potential under the statute for incarceration or probation.

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