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by Mike Grammer
October 17th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 04 Grosset Polish Hill and Pike's Rieslings
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: TN: 04 Grosset Polish Hill and Pike's Rieslings

Haven't had the Pikes. Have had various vintages of the Polish Hill--absolutely love it and no, it doesn't move for 10-20 years. Super-vibrant wines and bone dry is being generous in terms of dryness--but I love that!

Great notes
by Mike Grammer
October 17th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 84
Views: 3432

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

Maybe with the decant/air, OK---otherwise let 'em sleep.
by Mike Grammer
October 17th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?
Replies: 20
Views: 1570

Re: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Approximately 10.0 from the Russian judge.
You're turning into Craig Gleason, my man!
by Mike Grammer
October 17th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

Yes, Blake, that makes the reporting a bit different given your group's process. Drew, I concur with my brother Evans. No Syrah elements, but hard to pick out as a nebbiolo too. This would be one to check back again in 10 years to see if it does pick up the telltales. Voerzio's are among the longest...
by Mike Grammer
October 16th, 2019, 3:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")
Replies: 20
Views: 678

Re: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")

I stand right properly corrected [grin.gif] Thanks for your continued story, Jim. And on the idea...OK, I'll probably throw something up around this weekend on that!

Haere Ra,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
October 15th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")
Replies: 20
Views: 678

Re: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")

Appreciate the excellent note(s) Jim, and hope that you will jump back on the thread to tell us of the day-old and two-day-old performance. I have been monkeying around with the idea of throwing a thread topic out there for WBers to choose one wine and log its tracking on the board for at least a 3-...
by Mike Grammer
October 15th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fred Brander`s 69th birthday party, a stellabration
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: Fred Brander`s 69th birthday party, a stellabration

The now-usual fantastic exposition, Blake. You do so well in storytelling as well as fine, fine notes, making me feel I was there. Glad to see the positive on the 03 Faiveley--a friend and I each have a bottle of the 2015 vintage of that. I had the Taittinger a couple weeks ago at Rob Bastuba's in D...
by Mike Grammer
October 15th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 24
Views: 625

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Per Mike, ditto the older Zins. We just had a 2001 Shale Terrace Zin at a blind tasting that fooled us into being an 80s Bordeaux or an older higher-end Beaujolais. Wonderful juice. My note: "Tomato leaf, currant, tobacco. This is fine and nice--acid pops all over the mouth. Good structure, some rhu...
by Mike Grammer
October 15th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 84
Views: 3432

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

Had a fair amount of good champagne, not as much great, but the two that stand out after skimming through my notes

2009 Pierre Gimmonet Brut
Margaine Premier Cru NV
by Mike Grammer
October 15th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

Noted and corrected, thanks! Notes from the other events will hopefully be up tomorrow.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
October 13th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

This was at my request---I really wanted to do a single-blind tasting, it has been a long time. Nick, Randy, Jay, Mike Evans and I sat down to do this. My huge thanks to everyone for all the brings. BLIND #1 (Mike's white). Herbal, almost minty. Nick makes a good catch with grass notes. Lemon tart. ...
by Mike Grammer
October 13th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour---Atlanta Dinner at Pyng Ho
Replies: 7
Views: 438

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour---Atlanta Dinner at Pyng Ho

Didn't get to the Weingart Gary--so much great wine. Only had a small splash of the Karatas, it had some creaminess for me, but wasn't able to scratch out a note :) Thanks to the whole crew for spending time with me/us.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
October 12th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Dinner in Cleveland with Loren and friends
Replies: 1
Views: 407

TNs--Dinner in Cleveland with Loren and friends

Somewhat delayed, sorry for that, but after seeing the Bastubas in Detroit, I drove around the lake to meet up with Cleveland wine friends. Big thanks to Tommy Kramarz for doing the bulk of the organizing. Some new as well as familiar faces, and Loren and Jane were able to join us near the end of th...
by Mike Grammer
October 12th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour---Atlanta Dinner at Pyng Ho
Replies: 7
Views: 438

Mike on Mini-Tour---Atlanta Dinner at Pyng Ho

Steve outdid himself with the food tonight---it was glorious and it was so good to see him again---as it was the entire crew who came I love visiting with these guys. So pleased that my friend Jay Shampur has again made the trip down this year and wonderful, as always, to have Nick Christie join us ...
by Mike Grammer
October 9th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Dinner with the Bastubas in Detroit--incl 14 Kutch Chard, 06 Paillard, 16 Dark Hollow and splendid mead
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: TNs--Dinner with the Bastubas in Detroit--incl 14 Kutch Chard, 06 Paillard, 16 Dark Hollow and splendid mead

I talked with them about that, Frankie, right now the full clan expects to attend next year. This is my second visit, and it would never have happened without us connecting at FT---so it is YOU that should be thanked for making this relationship possible.
by Mike Grammer
October 8th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 242
Views: 21497

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

Unyime is already on, but glad to add you Andy---willing to stand as an OL organizer? My friends Tim and Alissa here in Toronto will be happy to know someone for the frequent visits they make back to Milwaukee.
by Mike Grammer
October 8th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two 2009 Kutch Pinots - El Yummo!
Replies: 8
Views: 682

Re: Two 2009 Kutch Pinots - El Yummo!

That's great to hear, Doc---I have my last one lined up for next year as part of a full vertical. Frank--love the new avatar!!
by Mike Grammer
October 7th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Dinner with the Bastubas in Detroit--incl 14 Kutch Chard, 06 Paillard, 16 Dark Hollow and splendid mead
Replies: 3
Views: 350

TNs--Dinner with the Bastubas in Detroit--incl 14 Kutch Chard, 06 Paillard, 16 Dark Hollow and splendid mead

After a lot of busy-ness on both of our parts, Rob, Beth and I were finally able to square away a night that we could spend together. I drove down to Detroit and had a marvelous evening with them. As we chatted about friends, their family, wines, movies and politics---all while fitting in a couple g...
by Mike Grammer
October 7th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Overdue TNs
Replies: 0
Views: 386

Some Overdue TNs

Just catching up on some notes... 1987 Spring Mountain Cab Had no idea what I’d get here, and was delighted with the results. This still has plenty of life with chokecherry and sweeter currant aromas and flavours. Best of all, it has a lovely flowing feel to it as it makes its way through my mouth. ...
by Mike Grammer
October 3rd, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol III: The MixTape (Billecart, Rayas, ESJ (x2), Kalin, Shafer-Frolich GG, Noble Wine)
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol III: The MixTape (Billecart, Rayas, ESJ (x2), Kalin, Shafer-Frolich GG, Noble Wine)

Great lineup and great notes. It's been several years since I've had a Kalin chardonnay. They're a fun experience, though my recollection is they are pretty rich and off-dry, almost more like a dessert style wine, so not something for every occasion. But fun. I think maybe I liked their aged semill...
by Mike Grammer
October 3rd, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Last Session
Replies: 8
Views: 767

Re: TN: 1996 Burgundy Retrospective - The Last Session

Thrilling read, especially to see that all four whites showed without any oxidation issues. Your note on the Louis Latour especially, Kevin, makes me feel like it might have been a wine of the night in less exalted company and that you did genuinely enjoy it a great deal. As always, thanks for these...
by Mike Grammer
October 3rd, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3168

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 6:53 pm
I cut back on buying by about 40%, and that flooded the market.
*that* gave me a laugh! Thanks David.

Had the same take from a wine broker friend, market has been soft this year, even in periods where purchasing expected.
by Mike Grammer
September 26th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Maybe part of our annual visit in a few weeks? I'd have to source some of my own, of course, but I know there are some cellars with that stuff---maybe I'd try to find a wine I shared with Hardy in his Kodak-rep life.... Regardless, thanks for the note, Brad--I don't believe I've tried any of the cha...
by Mike Grammer
September 24th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Morning With Champagne Jérôme Blin
Replies: 17
Views: 667

Re: Beautiful Morning With Champagne Jérôme Blin

"Champagne Sunday" is a tradition at my place on Sunday mornings. Maybe I need to start to include Saturday mornings? What is a "camp breakfast?" Cook bunch of bacon. Set it aside. Then cook Maple sausage chopped up. Push it to the side and cook hash browns in grease. Mix hash browns and sausage th...
by Mike Grammer
September 24th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caol Ila 18
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: Caol Ila 18

very hard to find. Really very good too, for me a distinct step up from the still-fine 12 year. Bit of a tanjink/thread drift, I need to dig up my notes from a tasting a couple months ago where we went through a bunch of the Old Malt Cask 20th anniversary bottling scotches. The unanimous winner ther...
by Mike Grammer
September 24th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4087

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

I always start by thinking Dunn on a list like this. Off-the-radar that Marshall and Diana Gelb introduced me to and which I love---Arns. Could go with Spring Mountain----I had a 1987 a couple weeks ago that was singing such a pretty song---fully integrated and very smooth with very lovely slightly ...
by Mike Grammer
September 24th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2269

Re: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?

Agreed and thanks Jeff. For reference, my notes on the two wines from 2 years ago. Both these wines made my WOTY list that year with the Canon coming close to being the WOTY: "1979 Chateau Pichon de Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Nutmeats, more cedar and pencil shavings. This is really very good. C...
by Mike Grammer
September 24th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2269

Re: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?

Was at a friend's house Saturday night and had four what I would call excellent older Bordeauxs - 1979s and 1989s from Cos d'Estournal and Pichon Lalande. However, I did not find any of these wines thrilling and I have really enjoyed the 1979 Pichon Lalande in the past. I think one of those pasts w...
by Mike Grammer
September 24th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Dom Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet "Clos de la Mouchere"
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: TN: 2010 Dom Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet "Clos de la Mouchere"

I forgot that I had the chance to try this in DC about 5 years ago. Your note, Kent, sounds like it's resolved itself very well: "2010 Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Mouchere It's Boillot all right, screaming gunflint and mineral. Lemon zest, very high-toned right now...mouthwatering co...
by Mike Grammer
September 24th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Meyer-Fonne GWT VT '05..(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 191

Re: TN: Meyer-Fonne GWT VT '05..(short/boring)

I like both styles so will look for one of their Gewurtzes to try. Thanks again.
by Mike Grammer
September 23rd, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Meyer-Fonne GWT VT '05..(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 191

Re: TN: Meyer-Fonne GWT VT '05..(short/boring)

I haven't had very much, if anything, from this producer yet, but we can sometimes get their stuff up here. Thanks for this note, Tom.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
September 23rd, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Aubert Chardonnay are drinking well now
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Re: Which Aubert Chardonnay are drinking well now

Hi JF---Note from Jay Hack's extravaganza a couple months ago as part of a Ritchie mini-horizontal: 2012 Aubert Ritchie Chard This was the host's contribution to my mini-horizontal (there are at least 15 wineries that pull fruit for their Chard from here). Still some oak hanging on, butterscotch mix...
by Mike Grammer
September 23rd, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 96 Dom, 08 Cristal and a Rudy blend
Replies: 6
Views: 776

Re: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 96 Dom, 08 Cristal and a Rudy blend

Heavens, that was fun to read about the Rudy wine! Sorry to see the flawed bottle of Batard. I have a bottle each of the 08 Cristal and Cristal Rose. They'll be opened at a special anniversary event in 3 years. I've had one taste of the Cristal--super-young but super-good. Thanks for these notes, Ke...
by Mike Grammer
September 23rd, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill (France, Champagne)
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: TN: 2004 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill (France, Champagne)

I'm just happy to see you posting a wine note again, Jay, means full recovery? Sante, truly!

Mike
by Mike Grammer
September 23rd, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 562
Views: 28745

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I have been really good. Honest, I have. In the year since I declared here that my days of buying recent-vintage age-worthy reds was over, I have a perfect record, save for a few 2014 bdx halves -- halves being the one exception I allowed myself when I made the solemn vow. Even in the categories I ...
by Mike Grammer
September 21st, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 242
Views: 21497

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

Gladly and welcome to the board, Sheila. I'll PM you with a hope of getting together in the next little while.
by Mike Grammer
September 5th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 649
Views: 42783

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I owe everyone notes from a tasting back in July of a series of the Old Malt Cask 20th anniversary bottlings from various distilleries, but among 12 people, the almost unanimous first choice was 21 year Arran, which is possibly the best single malt I've had in the last 5 years. Nearly impossible to ...
by Mike Grammer
August 28th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: ATTN NJ/PA/ETC Berserkers - Saturday Aug 24 Cellar Drawdown Party
Replies: 18
Views: 1512

Re: ATTN NJ/PA/ETC Berserkers - Saturday Aug 24 Cellar Drawdown Party

Notes, jefe--where are the notes??!! [grin.gif] Actually--specifically, how was the Valdicava? I am thinking of opening my lone bottle of that next winter. Seriously, so glad this went well and sorry again that I could not carve out the time to come down, I would have loved to join you all. All best...
by Mike Grammer
August 27th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1905

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Flawed poll [grin.gif] It doesn't allow for blends. Is "Sauternes" a variety? ;) That said: Reds Pinot Noir Zinfandel Tempranillo Sangiovese Whites Chardonnay Gruner Veltliner Riesling (would *never* have said that even 5 years ago) Chenin Blanc (close call with Pinot Gris for this choice) Actually ...
by Mike Grammer
August 22nd, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Pinots/Mostly Drew...(long/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 1104

Re: TN: Some Calif Pinots/Mostly Drew...(long/boring)

Maybe. See my bold part of the note on the Valenti. Thanks for taking time to post all those, Tom. Absolutely adored the 15 Drew Valenti PN. My notes from last year's visit--my first--to the winery: "DREW FAMILY Jason made wine for Corison and Phelps before opening the winery in 2004. I have tasted ...
by Mike Grammer
August 22nd, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage
Replies: 10
Views: 768

Re: TN: 2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage

Splendid note, David. Had the 12 of this (I think) a few weeks ago: "2012 Bedrock Heritage Red Pretty opposite here [to the 14 Kutch McDougall Pinot], solid blast of blue and purple fruit in the nuzzie is replicated on the palate with plums, sweet boysenberry and blueberry all having a say. It's los...
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A bunch of Croatian wines from a recent visit, July 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: TN: A bunch of Croatian wines from a recent visit, July 2019

Super post, tremendous information there Todd, big thanks. Tagging this thread for sure as it's an area I do want to do some more wine exploration in.

Cheers,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: TN: 2016 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Thanks for this, Chris. I have swooned over their 14 and 15 Bourgogne Blanc from their monopole. Splendid note, gives me such a clear picture.

Sante,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 2016

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

Howard Cooper wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Never had the 1989 Petit Cheval, but given the vintage and winery I would lean toward that
(a little) knowing your palate, Diane, that or roll the dice with the GdL
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Astralis
Replies: 20
Views: 1617

Re: Astralis

PM me if you know in advance, would love to meet. Chuckle, not that much here, though occasionally something does appear on the shelves. If Aussies are a go-to, there's a specific LCBO store that specializes in the city. Find the selection much better in Alberta, where government stores exist side-b...
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 36
Views: 2370

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

LOL. We can help you with downtown eats (and, of course, there may still be leftovers from the event through the week ;) ) Yong, I've put you down on the list above---PM me your email address please. Even with the maybes, that will be it for now for the non-email WB list. All else will be wait list,...
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Landmark Chardonnay Overlook (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: TN: 2015 Landmark Chardonnay Overlook (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Thanks John. Had this last year at the winery: "2015 Landmark Overlook Chard 10 months in 35% new oak. Nice light toast to pineapple and plantain. This continues in the vein of past vintages with excellent balance and restraint. Very good, with good length." I agree with you about the drink near-ter...
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go
Replies: 18
Views: 1336

Re: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go

You were in fine form on Saturday with that note, counselor :)

Sorry the wine did not deliver more pleasure for you. Haven't had it, but I've never been the biggest fan of L-P anyway. Appreciate the check-in on the wine.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Astralis
Replies: 20
Views: 1617

Re: Astralis

What Berto said---there are not many, if any, wines I can think of that underwent a more dramatic transformation for me. I've only had it twice. First time was, I think, 2002 or so. I had to use a spoon to eat it with, but it was magnificent in how lush and plush and dynamic it was. Second time was,...
by Mike Grammer
August 15th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne
Replies: 22
Views: 1298

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne

Very good to see these companion notes, Buzz, especially about a 2011 red. I've only had a couple of (older) bottles of Fourrier. Both have delivered on the "pleasure" side of the equation for me, but I found lots of interest in both

Salud

Mike

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