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by Phil T r o t t e r
October 27th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: solid sparkling wine (well) under $20
Replies: 20
Views: 508

Re: solid sparkling wine (well) under $20

Raventós i Blanc Cava De La Finca (the last one I had was 2014) Patrick Piuze Méthode Traditionnelle non dosé The Cava above also gets better with age. The Patrick Piuze is pretty much as dry as they come so it's a great mixer as well (mimosa, kir, etc.). De la Finca is now in the $35-40 range. The...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 27th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: solid sparkling wine (well) under $20
Replies: 20
Views: 508

Re: solid sparkling wine (well) under $20

Raventós i Blanc Cava De La Finca (the last one I had was 2014)
Patrick Piuze Méthode Traditionnelle non dosé

The Cava above also gets better with age. The Patrick Piuze is pretty much as dry as they come so it's a great mixer as well (mimosa, kir, etc.).
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 26th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14704
Views: 731472

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Andrew K. wrote:
October 25th, 2020, 10:55 am
case of 2017 Henri Germain et Fils Meursault from Crush
Picked up some 2018 recently but haven't opened one yet. I hope it's nearly as good as those beautiful 2017! One of the best Meursault Villages out there.
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 26th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy and Duck Cassoulet
Replies: 16
Views: 918

Re: Burgundy and Duck Cassoulet

This:
http://www.confrerieducassoulet.com/la-recette.html

My friend who makes this for us once or twice a year cheats and serves it with a spoonful of crème fraîche in every plate... don't tell the purists or your liver!
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 26th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 57
Views: 2308

Re: Best Champagne under $40

I received some good suggestions on this topic:
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by Phil T r o t t e r
October 26th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104701

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Extracted from a thread just posted: 2013 LAMANDIER-BERNIER TERRE de VERTUS 1er Cru- the is the first 2013 I’ve had and it is a good one; although not shown on the label, this is a no dose, 100% Chardonnay or BdB; for a no dosage bubbly, it sure had lots of fruit, body and texture; there’s a saline...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 24th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: An Evening in TO with Japhet Bower
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: TNs: An Evening in TO with Japhet Bower

Nicely done! I especially liked the wine glasses. They remind me of the ones used at the Greek BYOB restaurant a few steps from where I live. It removes all formality from the tasting and makes you enjoy wines in a simple and convivial manner. In some instances, that is best. Cheers!
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 22nd, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday dinner - wine picks
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Birthday dinner - wine picks

It would depend on sushi I guess. Clean, beautiful sashimi and sushi: I would pick the Clos St-Hune (keep in mind I've ever only had it once, different vintage with more age). Modern makis with all kinds of fried tempura, mayonnaise and such: Krug. Considering that I almost never drink Clos St-Hune,...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 22nd, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 163
Views: 4837

Re: Real winenerd wines

Some semi nerdy to nerdy wines I quite like off the top of my head: <...> -Julien Meyer Sous Voile Silvaner and Riesling from Alsace - Tough to find in the states and not for everyone but certainly geeky. These spend a very long time in barrel...like 15-18years. Ooooh... I'm not quite nerdy enough ...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 21st, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes: Musar and Julien Pilon
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: Tasting notes: Musar and Julien Pilon

You should. I've had three of his entry level whites. My favorite is his St-Jo (Dimanche à Lima) followed by the Viognier VdP (Mon grand-père était Limonadier) and third but still super enjoyable his Crozes (On the Rhone again). Considering how inexpensive they are, no harm in getting all three...!
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 21st, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes: Musar and Julien Pilon
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: Tasting notes: Musar and Julien Pilon

[*] 2017 Julien Pilon Côte-Rôtie La Porchette - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (10/17/2020) Admittedly this is a young wine but I thought it might be worth checking out. Let breath for a few hours - initial impressions of black pepper and black fruit, but faint. Moved to a decanter and s...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 18th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 163
Views: 4837

Re: Real winenerd wines

A while back I purchased at auction two cases of Zyme Oz (2002 and 2004). I always found them to be somewhat unheard of but maybe it's just my ignorance... 2002 was really good and they're all gone. 2004 is still a little too rustic to this day. 100% Oseleta and now aptly named Zyme Oseleta. Txakoli...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 16th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with Champagne cellaring and new ones to discover (pretty long post...)
Replies: 27
Views: 1967

Re: Help with Champagne cellaring and new ones to discover (pretty long post...)

Phil, The best suggestion I can give you is to do a search for Blake's tasting notes on Champagne on this board. I often tease him that reading his notes is about the most expensive thing I do on this board, but there is some really wonderful information on these notes. Righto. From the ones I've r...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 16th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with Champagne cellaring and new ones to discover (pretty long post...)
Replies: 27
Views: 1967

Re: Help with Champagne cellaring and new ones to discover (pretty long post...)

Phil, Although you state you have tried most of the entry level wines from the big houses, I'll jump in here to at least suggest you look at 2 houses that produce super good bubbly at very reasonable prices across the board and from vintage to vintage as well as NV: Louis Roederer and Charles Heids...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 15th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 130

TN: 2016 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard

I need to start by saying that my experience with US wines is extremely limited. Other than a 4 weeks vacation to California where my better half and I went through just a few wineries, I have spent very little time and money on US wines. Initially, it was because of a preconceived and erroneous not...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 15th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with Champagne cellaring and new ones to discover (pretty long post...)
Replies: 27
Views: 1967

Re: Help with Champagne cellaring and new ones to discover (pretty long post...)

I tried a few of the recommendations from this topic (the ones I could find) over the past few weeks. I also have an order of Pierre Péters due to come in around November. So to all who contributed, thank you. Today, I was offered some Jean Sandrin Champagne (Tradition, Harmonie, Prestige, Rosé Auro...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 15th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A dozen of Loire Chenin Blanc (Huet, Joly, Baumard, Couly-Dutheil, etc.)
Replies: 17
Views: 1099

Re: TN: A dozen of Loire Chenin Blanc (Huet, Joly, Baumard, Couly-Dutheil, etc.)

Great notes, thanks! The Nicolas Joly wines are always a treat but they are getting pricey (Les Vieux Clos, Coulée de Serrant). It's too bad because they are now edging away from my buy list. On the other side of the spectrum, the Vincent Carême Vouvray is an insane QPR year-in and year-out. Vigneau...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 14th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 186
Views: 23722

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

Elio Sandra, shhhhhhh. When I see any Barolo available from Sandri at any level regardless of vintage I buy it. Very hard to come by here in the States I've never tried Elio Sandri Barolo. I was just offered some 2014 Normale, case of 6, 93.50 CAD. I'm always a little scared of 2014 as a vintage fo...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 13th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 186
Views: 23722

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

Thoughts on the less renowned elio sandri, piero benevelli and piero busso? Elio Sandra, shhhhhhh. When I see any Barolo available from Sandri at any level regardless of vintage I buy it. Very hard to come by here in the States I've never tried Elio Sandri Barolo. I was just offered some 2014 Norma...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 12th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prototypical Chablis ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1346

Re: Prototypical Chablis ?

Some faves are: Billaud-Simon, Samuel Billaud, Louis Michel, Gilbert Picq, JP & Benoit Droin, Domaine d'Henri, Chateau de Maligny and Domaine Servin. Raveneau and Dauvissat are hard to come by over here.. I never really found a lot of similarities with Sancerre but that is always very subjective. Al...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 11th, 2020, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo 2016 - What are you buying?
Replies: 22
Views: 2112

Re: Barolo 2016 - What are you buying?

Or even if it is G. Rinaldi, the bottles are lotteried and it's unlikely that any single individual will get them. I think that's the situation with DRC... very cheap, but a lottery to get them each year. Yeah... that's pretty much it. And most people looking for those bottles are gaming the system...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 11th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104701

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Mouzon-Leroux & Fils Champagne Extra Brut Cuvée L'Atavique - France, Champagne (10/11/2020) Good mousse and plentiful bubbles. The nose shows a little reduction, pear, praline and toasted hazelnuts. The palate starts high-strung with a lot of acidity. It does show orchard fruits, toasted bread a...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 10th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 A. et P. de Villaine Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise La Digoine
Replies: 0
Views: 194

TN: 2018 A. et P. de Villaine Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise La Digoine

2018 A. et P. de Villaine Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise La Digoine - France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise (10/10/2020) 4h slow-ox and not much changed between the tasting pour and after the 4h in bottle. The nose initially hits with bramble & green stems but strong aromas of ...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 8th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Reds?
Replies: 39
Views: 2000

Re: Austrian Reds?

Thank you James! Great read!
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 7th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Moric Blaufränkisch Reserve (Austria, Burgenland)
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: TN: 2012 Moric Blaufränkisch Reserve (Austria, Burgenland)

Thanks. I don't find any info on use of oak though. I'd be interested in finding some % of new oak for his various cuvées. Similarly to what Kamaal was saying, the only thing I've read is that the élevage happens in large old oak casks (i.e. neutral wood). You can also read that he has always been o...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 6th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Reds?
Replies: 39
Views: 2000

Re: Austrian Reds?

I had an Austrian red in summer blind - called "Batonnage" , a black bottle with a red scorpion on it. Never heard of it before, thanks Robert! From what I could read on this, they pick some of the Blaufränkisch when it is "overripe". It seems to make for an interesting cuvée. The best Blaufränkisc...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 6th, 2020, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Moric Blaufränkisch Reserve (Austria, Burgenland)
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: WineSpec....

The current WineSpectator has an article on Blaufrankisch. Like most WS articles, a bit on the lite side. Nice interview with RolandVelich/Moric. I find the high-end Moric reds a bit over-oaked. For BF, I particularly like those of Rosi Schuster in the Burgenland. Thanks Tom. Unfortunately, I am no...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 6th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12445
Views: 482184

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Tried out a 2015 Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy (decanted for aeration in my cav for an hour before serving) with dinner tonight of steamed crabs & slipper lobsters. Quite good at its price. I quickly ordered more while I was eating. The meal looks even more exciting than the wine! Very env...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 6th, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Reds?
Replies: 39
Views: 2000

Re: Austrian Reds?

Resurrecting this topic...Any love for Blaufränkisch? I had two very enjoyable examples recently: Moric Reserve 2012 ( https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=173764 ) and Heinrich Leithaberg 2013. I went through a spell of Austrian reds a few years ago (started with Pinot Noir then...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 5th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Moric Blaufränkisch Reserve (Austria, Burgenland)
Replies: 8
Views: 359

TN: 2012 Moric Blaufränkisch Reserve (Austria, Burgenland)

2012 Moric Blaufränkisch Reserve - Austria, Burgenland (10/5/2020) I bought a single bottle of this when I was exploring Austrian reds a few years back. I decided that this was going to accompany some nice white wine an herb sausages with butter, crème fraîche and parmesan mashed potatoes. Decanted...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 4th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104701

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV René Geoffroy Champagne Premier Cru Expression Brut - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (10/4/2020) The nose is quite expressive: yeast, red fruits, green apple and spices, pretty much all in equal parts. The palate is in line with that showing decent vinosity supported by sufficient acid...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 2nd, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Recent Rando Wines (TL-Belair, Quintarelli, Pepiere, Foillard, Mascarello)
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: TNs: Recent Rando Wines (TL-Belair, Quintarelli, Pepiere, Foillard, Mascarello)

Just dumping some recent notes on everyday wines consumed at home. <...> [*] 2018 Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Secco Cà del Merlo - Italy, Veneto, Veneto IGT (9/19/2020) Floral nose that smells like spring flowers and fresh fruit. Palate is marked by Very lean, clean white fruit. Feels a tad tight a...
by Phil T r o t t e r
October 1st, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1242
Views: 58788

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

John Morris wrote:
October 1st, 2020, 10:44 am
Where's that description from? Who creams plum, and what does that entail? Does anyone melt their licorice?
You sir, just had me mute my conference call because of excessive chuckling. Well done and cheers.
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 30th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 29
Views: 1273

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Never, because they use ridiculously old barrels. The wines are aged for ridiculously long times in barrels, but they aren't oaky because the barrels have lost all their aromatic qualities over the years. I can't remember whether it was that the average age of the barrels was 20 years or if the bar...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 29th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104701

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Nicolas Maillart Premier Cru Brut Platine 63% PN/23% Chard/14% Meunier, disgorged 11/2019, 6g/l, 2015 base with 50% reserve Very good champagne, great QPR. Nose was initially closed off but a little bit of air helped bring out notes of fruit, honeysuckle, acacia honey and some spice. It is broad and...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 29th, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14704
Views: 731472

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A few cases of different vintages and vineyards of Monnier-Perreol St Joseph. I bought 15s through 18s. Love those, great grab! The Pierre Blanche is to me one of the greatest QPR for this appellation. By the way, I am not normally a great aficionado of Northern Rhone whites but his 2015 St-Jo blan...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 28th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sémillon the Southern Hemisphere's Greatest White Grape?
Replies: 29
Views: 1201

Re: Is Sémillon the Southern Hemisphere's Greatest White Grape?

<...> Between the classic Hunter Valley bottlings and a few fantastic examples I've had of the grape from South Africa, it seems that Sémillon is the perfect grape to grow in the hotter dry climes of South Africa/Australia/elsewhere. <...> Your note piqued my curiosity and I went to CT since I can'...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 27th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Crausot Blanc
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: TN: 2014 François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Crausot Blanc

Terrific stuff that could be really something in time if it remains sound. Thanks for the note! I love those great and serious 1er Cru whites from Lumpp (love the reds too). I've never had issues with Lumpp and premox (oldest was 9 years past vintage). Should i be worried? Also, great pic! I love t...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 26th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"
Replies: 49
Views: 2860

Re: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"

There already are a number of great recommendations on the thread. So I'll only chime in with some personal favorites not already mentioned and categories that weren't on the OP's list: Chardonnay (Chablis style) - Gilbert Picq 1er Cru, Samuel Billaud 1er Cru Champagne - Vilmart 1er Cru Grande Réser...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 25th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1566
Views: 104701

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Edouard Brun Premier Cru Brut Réserve Pretty good. Not too expressive on the nose (red apple, nougat) but the it expands on the palate. It's rich and shows a lot of nougat and some toast. Good mid-palate but finished abruptly. For the price, a decent champagne for this given taste profile. 75% PN, 2...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 24th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weirdest bottle you've consumed during the pandemic?
Replies: 4
Views: 586

Re: Weirdest bottle you've consumed during the pandemic?

Cool topic, I tried some weird stuff as well over the last few months. In May, not a wine but mead. And this was a great surprise (CT note in French): NV Ferme Apicole Desrochers Or d'âge - 11 ans Keep in mind, I am no mead expert (who is? Except maybe Gaulish warriors fighting roman troops?). This ...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 24th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 4069

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I think it depends where your families came from in Europe, too. Not a lot of wine made in Eastern Europe, for instance. True. I was probably too broad in my statement. I should have replaced Europe by: France, Belgium, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Germany and Austria since that is my actual empirical s...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 23rd, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14704
Views: 731472

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2015 Joguet Cuvée de la Cure
2019 Lapierre Morgon
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 23rd, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Producer other than...
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: Which Producer other than...

I am assuming you mean Musigny Grand Cru and Chambolles-Mussigny 1er Cru La Combre d'Orveau? Georges de Vogüé?
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 22nd, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 4069

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

Seem to be almost retroactive child abuse! [cry.gif] You have no idea... and to top it all of, he is the one who introduced me to wine, whisky and armagnac. The callousness of that wonderful man! Reading through the topic, there doesn't seem to be a lot of people who acquired their interest in wine...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 21st, 2020, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tement - Any fans?
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: Tement - Any fans?

I'll be of very little help here (but apparently this is not preventing me from posting...) but I only had the Ciringa Sauvignon Blanc and only once. This seems to be the only one available here from Weingut Tement. So it appears that it is not widely distributed in Quebec either. I liked it but fou...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 21st, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 4069

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I started accumulating bottles when my wife was expecting our first child. I figured I would keep buying the wine we normally would have consumed together if she wasn't pregnant. Bottles started piling up. I installed some racks and they started filling up. I got an offsite cellar. Terrible idea. Si...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 19th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2017 Lumpp A Vigne, 2016 Tignanello
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: TNs: 2017 Lumpp A Vigne, 2016 Tignanello

I love 17 burgs and generally like to drink young burgs early before they shut down. 16s are gonna a take a minute to be ready, though. Lumpp Gang checking in. Phil, I had the '17 Petit Marole and it was already delicious. I think you've convinced me of cracking open an A Vigne 2017 this year. I ma...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 18th, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2017 Lumpp A Vigne, 2016 Tignanello
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: TNs: 2017 Lumpp A Vigne, 2016 Tignanello

Revisited the Lumpp A Vigne which was again tremendous and drinking far above its level. Dark fruits with nice acidity and ample class on the palate with great transparency and a long finish. Nice, thanks for the TN. I'm holding a few A Vigne and Crausot in 2017. But I'm surprised though: was this ...
by Phil T r o t t e r
September 17th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14704
Views: 731472

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Pora 2015

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