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by craig v
January 5th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Replies: 11
Views: 748

TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain - USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain (1/4/2020) To have a great experience with a particular wine you need a few major elements; proper btl age for that wine, and too often slighted - the right amount of air / decant and whenever pos...
by craig v
January 1st, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 123
Views: 10256

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Coniunued selective back filling of 2000 & back red BDX Continued selective back filling of 06, 08, 10 & 14 red Burgs Le Ragnaie Rosso Di Montacino - just got some 2016 in Dec Passopisciaro Etna Passorosso - complex, beautiful Burg like weight for under $35 from Sicily Il Poggionne Brancato Sangiove...
by craig v
January 1st, 2020, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2392

What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

This is just one man's unscientific opinion. Basic sparkling "Champagne" is one of CA best values when you measure quality vs price. I go mostly France & Italy for everything else when seeking great value. Plus I prefer lower Alc and more zip in my wines in general. I drink very little CDP though:)....
by craig v
December 23rd, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?
Replies: 24
Views: 1320

Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?

Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online? It will me and I sort of welcome it. At 64 I need to slow down my new wine buying significantly anyhow. Retirement is looming. Not being independently wealthy and definitely, not wanting to still answer to the man when I'm 70...
by craig v
December 23rd, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1829

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

Sorry, I didn't expand the vintages to 89. I was looking at 89 though the lens of cost. I assumed that 89 would be outside of what I wanted to spend. That said, if I had to do it over, I'd at least go back to 81 since there are likely several stellar values for vintages not 89 & 90 as you go further...
by craig v
December 17th, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1829

Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

I've fallen in love with Pichon Baron in the last 5 plus years and hope to back fill some addl btls from between 1990 & 2010. Looking at that time frame what are your personal favs?
by craig v
December 1st, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135
Replies: 54
Views: 4198

Re: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135

The good new, there is a lot of Comte made. No need to freak out on first offer.
by craig v
December 1st, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3299

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

Thanks Rob, I bought 5 of 2013 F Rinaldi a while ago and drank my first last year. Great producer for the price. I share your admiration. Francesco Rinaldi is the obvious choice as the terroir is very similar. I had the 2013 F. Rinaldi Brunate last night and it is a gorgeous wine. I have not had it ...
by craig v
December 1st, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3299

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

Thank you Tim! I've had the basic Massoino Barolo about a year ago and loved it. Forgot to seek it out. Ill look into the Vigna Rionda. In the past I've not been a Sottimano fan. "G. Rinaldi wines are in, as you know, rarified air." Yep, so it seems. I'm stopped buying Rousseau from Burgundy a while...
by craig v
December 1st, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3299

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

LOL! How would I know anything about Rinadi if I didn't open one???? Rinaldi, or at least my '08 appear to drink great young too just like Rousseau often does from Burgundy. Don't know if you've had an 08 but I have zero regrets and only fond memories of that spectacular, head turning, epiphany blt....
by craig v
November 30th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3299

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

Thanks for the suggestions, already own several vintages and regularly drink Vajra BdV which I adore, but it ain't G Rinaldi Brunate. The Vajra BdV, though is my all round favorite btl of Barolo when you take into consideration is such a great value. I own 2010 & 2013 Cavalottos and drank one 2010 s...
by craig v
November 27th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3299

No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

Giuseppi Rinaldi is out of reach now. I've got some 08s of the Brunate Le Coste I love. Anyone remotely in this league at sub $150?
by craig v
November 7th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 25
Views: 1207

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

We were just there the last full week of September for some hiking and a climb. We stayed in one of the granite Ridge cabins on the north side of the slopes. We loved Il Villaggio for terrific quick & easy take out pizza. Its superb pizza. Never dinned in. In fact this time we never ate out period s...
by craig v
October 29th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 1300

Re: Banff & nearby parks

Thanks Paul for your thoughts on the area. Is there one or two towns that you feel would be the ideal place to base our cabin. or, should we rent in one town for 3-5 days and then move to another town for the remaining 3-5 days? You need to remember that Banff is 500 to 600 miles from Vancouver. If ...
by craig v
October 29th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 1300

Re: Banff & nearby parks

Thanks David, it will be all family. 5 adults and 2 boys 3 & 6 by then. 7 total with the boys. Not sure what you mean by "back country" cabin. With the 2 boys along we want to be handy to a decent supermarket. Plus my wife likes to cook. Close to a town with a few decent restaurants for a few nights...
by craig v
October 26th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 1300

Banff & nearby parks

Know next to nothing about Banff. Have no choice but see it this summer as daughter and family can't travel shoulder season like us empty nesters. Don't want hotels but will either need two 2 BR cabins or on larger 4BR cabin to fit everyone. They don't seem abundant anywhere close based on a VBRO se...
by craig v
October 26th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few memorable recent btls
Replies: 0
Views: 330

A few memorable recent btls

2007 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny (10/25/2019) Opening this btl just over 3yrs and 2 months since the 2nd of 4 btls. This is now close to peak but should hold for 3-5yrs. Ill try to wait at least 3 for my last btl. Translucent crims...
by craig v
August 6th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?
Replies: 5
Views: 383

Re: How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?

Just opened opened and took a test sip & sniiff. Nose showing restrained aromas of violets and palate is zen like, silky, pure, gorgeous. Outside of the nose it seems pretty ready. I got rid of some sediment and may just pour back into btl and put cork back in.
by craig v
August 6th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?
Replies: 5
Views: 383

How long to decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste ... tonight?

How long would you decant 05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste tonight? I'll be drinking this by 8pm central time tonight. Any thoughts?
by craig v
May 19th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Bordeaux?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Most Underrated Bordeaux?

Older btls at retailers who do auctions. I'm 63 and love finding random btl from 1996 and back from retailers and Envoyer. Unless, you buying the top 5-10 producers like LaMish, there are amazing 15yr old+nearly ready to fully ready to drink values to be had often for less than release of the big na...
by craig v
May 19th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4276

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

Here's one more key reason why I love CT. I don't drink the next btl too soon. I mostly buy 2-4 btls of everything. For me, that means I need to be careful not to drink the next btl too soon so I can let it evolve and change for an appropriate amount of time based on that btl. I'll usually pop the f...
by craig v
May 18th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?
Replies: 21
Views: 1272

Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?

Just back from Spain. Ate out every night and saw somethings I love and know like chablis producers. Even saw a very well priced 80E btl of 2014 Gaunoux Pommard Eponets on a list and passed. Instead I settled for albarino and rioja producers I've never heard of before and was challenged to break 20E...
by craig v
May 18th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4276

If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT??? Or at least have a reliable spreadsheet of your own??? I organize a local monthly wine group dinner. And pretty much every month, the last few guys to post their wines for an event, are guys with cellars over 1000 btls but with no m...
by craig v
March 25th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2182

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

I know, it was a big surprise when I got the sales flyer. My guess is they started them out way too high and got little action then decided to put them out at near cost to clear rack space? my receipt says they were originally $189 which would have been kinda a high for not a critically acclaimed vi...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2182

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

Chuck, you and I agree to disagree... as usual. One thing is for sure, you have zero reason to speculate I'd leave them where I stuffed them for 15 minutes. I didn't put them aside to think about buying them, I put them aside to shop for other things on my list so I didn't need to carry them around ...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2934

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Great point Howard! I thought you were generalising from your situation. Saying that , if you think in that way, there's no point cellaring ANY wine as it will ALWAYS become to expensive to drink. Now I know you weren't.... That is what I am saying. If you think too much about current market prices,...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2182

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

LOL!
Gary York wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 8:39 am
You should have taken them over to the South Africa section. They would be safe there.
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2934

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

LOL, you wern't suppose to ponder this question that much :). Craig. You've convinced me. I've decided to sell the 2007 Lafon Montrachet and 1991 DRC GE that I was planning to bring this Wednesday. I've got a great 07 Fevre GC that thankfully hasn't appreciated! Any thoughts on what would work as a ...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buy Every Vintage of X? Why or why not?
Replies: 51
Views: 3032

Re: Buy Every Vintage of X? Why or why not?

I don't buy verticals for verticals sake or to do a vertical dinner. I only buy successive vintages because I adore the style from a producer and find them reliably in my wheel house. Usually though the producer tends to catch fire and I feel forced to drop off the bandwagon. I hate paying $100+ for...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fevre: Checking In
Replies: 22
Views: 1382

Re: Fevre: Checking In

So far the 2010s have been stellar.
Jeremy C wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 7:07 pm
My hope is that 2010 (when Fevre went to DIAM for all bottlings) and beyond that the successes are consistent and worthwhile.
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2182

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

The place was nuts with lines to the cash register.
John Davis wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 7:52 am
You couldn’t take them to the register and ask the staff to hold them for you? [scratch.gif]

JD
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

We rented an apartment just a block off the Champ des Mars that it sits on. We went to a local market bought some rose', cheese, meat & bread and had a terrific picnic on the Champ looking back to the tower from 100 yards away, sans all the people. Rue Cler street market is very nearby and a fun pla...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2934

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Most of the time for me, I'm only drinking a high value btl I own from a producer I love and know the experience should be outstanding from previous experiences. That's what would make selling my Rousseaus very tough. For me, no other Burgs I've tasted have exceeded Rousseau's versions of their vari...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2934

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

The btls I sold were likely just fine. When I bought them they had already sat on the retailers shelves for 5 plus years in a retail setting. I had drank a companion of one of them and it was perfect. I just tend to buy stuff like that the moment it hits the retailer so I can know for dead sure the ...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2182

How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

Yesterday I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste for $125 each because I don't like to carry btls around the store while I shop. The '05 Rinaldi was my first stop in the door and I quickly learnt that there were just the 3 left I wanted to buy. Its my habit to ...
by craig v
March 24th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2934

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Alan, Are you saying you don't plan to sell the $10,000 btls but you also haven't found the moment to justify opening them and may never open them? Not taking issue, just seeking some clarification on where you stand on those major btls. Thanks Craig Hard to drink magnums of 90, 99, and 05 La Tâche ...
by craig v
March 23rd, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2934

Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

I'm facing a happy quandary again. Over 1/2 of my cellar is Burgundy with a decent amount from producers like; Rousseau & Mugnier acquired a decade ago very reasonably on release. I sold off some DRC 10yrs and sort of regret it. I can rationalize selling those because the 3 or 4 btls I sold were acq...
by craig v
March 23rd, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your consumption by grape
Replies: 8
Views: 470

your consumption by grape

Here are my top 10 grapes I drink from CT over the past 10yrs or so since recording. Chardonnay 838 btls 28% Always has been my favorite. Especially from Chablis. Pinot Noir 653 22% Mostly Burgundy / Especially Gevrey Chambertin Champ blend 456 15% I'm a fan of sub $40 French, Taittinger Comte & Roe...
by craig v
February 10th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Replies: 13
Views: 938

Re: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Certainly the village Rousseau, which is the only Rousseau I could still afford at the time. I also bought some 12 & 14 Rousseau village but nothing from them since. Rousseau is my hands down favorite red Burg producer. I'm just completely priced out now. I also bought 10s from Gaunoux, J&L Trapet, ...
by craig v
February 10th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?
Replies: 17
Views: 853

Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?

This depends a lot on what you also like to eat most. We tend to eat red meat only once or twice a week so big reds like Cabs and especially syrahs don't fit a lot of our dishes. We eat more seafood and poultry. My toughest grape to pair with the food we eat is syrah. We almost never eat anything wi...
by craig v
February 10th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Replies: 13
Views: 938

Re: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

I can't remember a vintage that has turned out better than 2010 for red Burgundy but I've only been buying red Burgs since the 1999 vintage. I'm still eager to backfill 2010s if from a producer I love and not overpriced.
by craig v
February 10th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Consigners, Inc. -Anyone used them recently?
Replies: 1
Views: 351

Wine Consigners, Inc. -Anyone used them recently?

Wine Consigners, Inc. Anyone used this place in 2018 or this year? Has some interesting stuff but no address and no info about who owns it.
by craig v
November 23rd, 2018, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1467

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Thanks again for the suggestion! I dove in and bought 200 to start and will go back for more once I see how they fit and how many more I need. Anything I should now about installing is welcome. Cheers Craig I bought the Nook system at Wine Racks of America for short term storage of wine in our vacat...
by craig v
November 23rd, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1467

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Most of my wine is offsite or in temp controlled cabinets. This is just my stuff for early drinking and some stuff that will end up in my cabinets within six months of receipt. Anything delicate recently acquired stuff like already older highend btls go right into the cabinets or offsite. I agree th...
by craig v
November 23rd, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1467

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Yea, this is very cool and likely the prefect solution for all my concerns. The cost will be significant for me and I'm weighing it but I love the product.
Robert Grenley wrote:
November 21st, 2018, 1:51 pm
Nook...elegant fix but expensive:
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by craig v
November 23rd, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1467

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Thanks, very clever but not sure I have the skill set to get everything square and sturdy :) But, its a great idea and I like the glue idea for the boxes. Might do that for an interim improvement. B11ECD4B-7E44-4CB5-884D-2FF12C22DF7D.jpeg Pine ledger boards screwed to studs. Pine boards on top as sh...
by craig v
November 20th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1467

most compact way to store wine under the stairs

I have a couple hundred btls stored short term ( up to 3 years) under the stairs leading to my lower level. Many are for short term consumption and under $40 btls. My higher end / longer aging stuff goes in my temp controlled cabinet and offsite storage. The most delicate and / or valuable stuff goe...
by craig v
November 17th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2386

Re: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th

I booked my flights and this is my updated intinerary. I've decided to focus on the major cities I'm interested in plus Toledo. We plan to travel by train & bus. Not car due to parking and city hassles. Plus we like trains. The only other thing I'm thinking about is taking a train or a bus from Madr...
by craig v
October 15th, 2018, 11:48 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?
Replies: 19
Views: 1046

Re: French Rivera/Cote D'Azur. Where to stay?

George, this little village Villefranche-sur-Mer is gorgeous and might not break the bank. We stayed at a small hotel on the ocean for 120E a night but, if I went back I'd find a VRBO place to rent. I don't care how fancy a hotel is. No way, you can't beat renting a villa and the extra room for a fa...
by craig v
October 13th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2386

Re: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th

Nola, that's good to know about your village as otherwise your village certainly is our wheelhouse for charm and low key authenticity. Does a train or bus stop there? Plus it would be fun to meetup for dinner. I'm going to try to avoid cars if possible. They're a total pain in in place with more tha...

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