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by Mike Grammer
December 14th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?
Replies: 76
Views: 3178

Re: Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?

Not completely off-topic, I plan to put this thread to kind of the test in a year and a half at my next WineFest, where I will have an all P.S. table. I have Jaffurs, Turley, Thackrey (I have a Sirius, not the Orion), T-Vines, Carlisle, Cantiga Wineworks (from Fair Play area), Ramsey, Herman Story, ...
by Mike Grammer
December 14th, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys - Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys - Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

The 16 is as good or better, Bri. Out of 495 wines on my July California trip, it finished 7th and #2 of the winery-based wines and is on my WOTY list. "2016 Rhys Alpine Chard Grabs the nose and throttles it with the saline and rocks & toast. Apple underneath and grapefruit. An already-classic examp...
by Mike Grammer
December 14th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.
Replies: 48
Views: 1377

Re: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.

Are there any wine rules starting with never or always that are correct? Your cellar never has enough wine. In a slightly more serious vein and to a partial point, yes--for me. It is the one rule I live by and I tell others to live by on wine (and I'm not one for rules). You always buy the wine you...
by Mike Grammer
December 14th, 2018, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.
Replies: 48
Views: 1377

Re: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.

Depends on what you want from the wine, and because it does, the statement in the title is true Added words are mine, So I concur with the judgment of my brother Mollen for slightly separate reasons [grin.gif] An expansion on that is my overall wine drinking philosophy. I would almost *always* want...
by Mike Grammer
December 14th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '13 PYCM les Ancegnieres
Replies: 20
Views: 703

Re: '13 PYCM les Ancegnieres

And I a 2013 Chassagne Morgeot Les Fairendes, in a few months perhaps...now looking forward to it more than ever given PY's comments.
by Mike Grammer
December 14th, 2018, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 9826
Views: 436989

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I relapsed. I'm giving myself a pass. I bought two -- only two!! -- bottles of the 2008 Jacquesson Rosé Champagne Dizy Terres Rouges envoyer offered yesterday. We love this wine, tried for the first time at Les Crayeres, it has always been tough to find in the states, and from what I understand Jac...
by Mike Grammer
December 13th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '13 PYCM les Ancegnieres
Replies: 20
Views: 703

Re: '13 PYCM les Ancegnieres

My standard Methode Grammeroise now for white burg without age:

pour some off the day before to try, recork, decant for 2 hours the next morning, recork, pour the night of.

I'm not the Burg expert that many on this board are, but I have had uniformly good results (aside from premox, of course).
by Mike Grammer
December 13th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 12-9-18
Replies: 15
Views: 990

Re: Wine Impressions 12-9-18

I have *missed* your TNs, Jim! Thanks for all of these. Yes Eric, I too think you are doing terrific work now with your Chards. Agree with you on liking Saxum with some years on it and my memory of the Sandlands echoes yours. Quite a shame the Beaux Monts flight underwhelmed to that degree, but a tr...
by Mike Grammer
December 13th, 2018, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '13 PYCM les Ancegnieres
Replies: 20
Views: 703

Re: '13 PYCM les Ancegnieres

Great note, Jerry, and glad you left some for the next day. I have been in the mode of giving all my young white burgs a day's slow-ox aeration if I can manage it, sometimes even a decant the day before. Every one has tasted better that second day.

Slainte,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 13th, 2018, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 67
Views: 1445

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Navarro has a new reserve bottling called Deep End Blend (a program they've used for Pinot Noir) that has a percentage of fruit from the property I manage. Release date is April. Fascinating. I was coming here to post that Navarro's late harvest cluster select rieslings (as well as the gewurtz and ...
by Mike Grammer
December 11th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 70
Views: 3369

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

Just bumping this as we swing into mid-month. Get your selections noted down. :)
by Mike Grammer
December 11th, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Keller and Prum 15s, Arnoux CV 02
Replies: 27
Views: 750

Re: TNs: Keller and Prum 15s, Arnoux CV 02

I appreciate you more knowledgeable guys weighing in on those vintages for German Ries, as I'm just starting my journey in that sphere. I have loved the 15s I've had, but will search out 12s if I can find them. And, of course, 2001s, which I already know to look for (for me, that was a dream vintage...
by Mike Grammer
December 11th, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consume Counselor Seiber's Cellar - Kutch, PYCM, Rhys, Domaine Maume, Domaine des Remizieres, Pontet Canet, Mount Eden
Replies: 14
Views: 1053

Re: Consume Counselor Seiber's Cellar - Kutch, PYCM, Rhys, Domaine Maume, Domaine des Remizieres, Pontet Canet, Mount Ed

Agreed on all counts--Viet, I *loved* reading your report----you dove so comprehensively into the comparative side, and I felt like I was there with you as you let the wines leave their impressions. For no written notes, astounding. Great collection and generosity, Counselor! Appreciate the check-in...
by Mike Grammer
December 11th, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah & Shiraz Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: TN: Syrah & Shiraz Tasting

Thanks for updating, John.
by Mike Grammer
December 11th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 5 Dow`s Vintage Ports
Replies: 17
Views: 740

Re: 5 Dow`s Vintage Ports

I'm surprised too, that the host chose to pnp most of them. The 80 Dow Roy (Hersh) poured for me had at least an 8 hour decant. And where port is concerned, I will *always* listen to Roy :) Your friend's comments are the reason I have, sadly, bought no 2011s. I just can't foresee me or my tastebuds ...
by Mike Grammer
December 11th, 2018, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Not a bad Saturday afternoon
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: TN: Not a bad Saturday afternoon

:) From the 50th party---I did have a different impression of this than you did at your tasting: 2005 Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina Open a while, cured meats and tarry notes emerge. Hits pretty hard when it reaches the mouth, with beef blood, some tomato and also red fruit. The tannins are sup...
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At the Château d'Yquem, one of the greatest dinners with exceptional wines
Replies: 23
Views: 1381

Re: At the Château d'Yquem, one of the greatest dinners with exceptional wines

Jim Stewart wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 3:07 pm
C'était un rêve !
Vraiment--Je lis avec le grand sourire sur ma visage.

A wonderful way to enjoy the beginning of the holiday season, Francois. My best wishes to you and the family. I will make sure dad, Lynn and Jon get a chance to read these notes.

Sante, toujours

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Not a bad Saturday afternoon
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: TN: Not a bad Saturday afternoon

No, no alligator arms in that lineup, Mike. Shame about the 06 CdL. I can make a fair guess as to who brought the Giroud Charmes and the Krohn [grin.gif]. Didn't I see the Percristina in October too? ;)

nice lineup with always-great notes.

A bientot

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch with many fine Bordeaux incl. Lafite, Haut Brion, Montrose, Pichon Lalande/ Baron et al
Replies: 12
Views: 813

Re: Lunch with many fine Bordeaux incl. Lafite, Haut Brion, Montrose, Pichon Lalande/ Baron et al

Another beautiful exposition, Blake. I've been privileged to have that 89 D'Yquem a few times in the last 3 years. When it's on, it is a fantastic bottle of wine. Good to see the positive notes on the 02.

Sante,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Beef and Vosne
Replies: 7
Views: 973

Re: TN: Beef and Vosne

Funny enough, I had both the Sous Les Dos D'Ane and the 00 Rouget at the same event, my WineFest IV back in summer 2016. I had better luck from a regular bottle than you did, Paul. 2009 Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous Les Dos D’Ane Still that abundant gunflint and bit of sulphur that characterizes a...
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah & Shiraz Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: TN: Syrah & Shiraz Tasting

Nice assorted tasting from all over the globe, any decant for any of these John? Thanks for these fine notes

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent wines
Replies: 13
Views: 556

Re: Recent wines

The redoubtable Tom Hill recently posted on some of these too, including the 14 Aeris. Here:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=156334
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Assorted weekend (and Thursday) wines
Replies: 0
Views: 157

TNs--Assorted weekend (and Thursday) wines

Rosehall Run Stardust Sparkling The top-end sparkling cuvee from this Prince Edward County producer. This was part of a very enjoyable dinner at Le Veloute Bistro with BBer Jay Shampur---the first time we had done an us-only dinner. Very interesting wine, this---on bouquet and palate, there's a "ma...
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 49
Views: 915

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

At a Chanukah dinner with family and friends, first the 2011 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spätlese, an explosion of fruit, actually like drinking fruit, tasted sweeter than the Auslese that followed, but with enough acidity to not be cloying. While I'm sure this will age, I'm not ...
by Mike Grammer
December 9th, 2018, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 49
Views: 915

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

1998 Nigl Riesling Privat - Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal (12/7/2018) It’s been a while since a wine stopped me in my tracks. It happened tonight with the 1998 Nigl Riesling Privat. From a forgotten vintage between the heralded 1997 and 1999, this is as complex a Riesling as I have ever taste...
by Mike Grammer
December 9th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 49
Views: 915

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

(hopefully in time) 2016 Pfeffingen Herrenberg Riesling GG Quite dark when poured and unusual at about 13% listed. No experience with this house or plot ( I'm in my German Riesling infancy), but this presented as a forthright, tasty and ripe-ish yellow-fruited wine, but with not a lot of complexity ...
by Mike Grammer
December 6th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 5 Dow`s Vintage Ports
Replies: 17
Views: 740

Re: 5 Dow`s Vintage Ports

A 'humble" 1980 Dow is what Roy chose to pour me when I visited him many years ago. Changed my whole perspective on port. I think I have a bottle of the 2003, so your note is much appreciated Blake. Useful too to see the 94 still needs sleep.

Decant time(s) for the ports?

A bientot,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 6th, 2018, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Arrivals...(long/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: TN: Some New Arrivals...(long/boring)

Me as well, Tom---just had an Arbois red from Domaine du Pelican yesterday that I really liked---don't think I've tried a single red from that region previously. There's a lot of "undiscovered country". And I like blisscoveries!

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 6th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1000

Re: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?

Sidebar--that place is so pretty! The inside just glows with all the yellow and orange colours. flirtysmile
by Mike Grammer
December 6th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza
Replies: 12
Views: 738

Re: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza

Yes, that note on the Pepe caught my eye. My friend Boris in Ottawa treated me to an older vintage of Pepe and it was a revelation.
by Mike Grammer
December 6th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza
Replies: 12
Views: 738

Re: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza

I take it many of the usual suspects attended? Great notes as always, Mike, thanks for sharing....ahh, if only I could eat truffles. I enjoy vicariously!

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 6th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tns--2 Recent Chards--16 Sojourn Reuling and 14 Meo Camuzet Bourgogne
Replies: 0
Views: 104

Tns--2 Recent Chards--16 Sojourn Reuling and 14 Meo Camuzet Bourgogne

2016 Sojourn Reuling Chard The first year they've been able to source fruit from Tim's vineyard. I was wowed by this on my July California trip. It was interesting to try it on its own and not in the middle of a giant tasting vacation. The clone is suitcase Montrachet. This is not Montrachet. It's ...
by Mike Grammer
December 6th, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Angerville
Replies: 35
Views: 1602

Re: Angerville

If June is lately, these will be of some help, I hope: "2011 Marquis D’Angerville Volnay Champans Jeff brought this and it was a fantastic chance to taste different plots and vintages along with my 05 Taillepieds. I can’t say I got a ton of Volnay typicity, missing mid-dark fruit and earthy bits and...
by Mike Grammer
December 6th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1000

Re: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?

It *is* a good question as to whether decant vs. slow-ox (or some combination, in which case the decant part) makes a difference. I will almost invariably give any Sauternes I'm serving some kind of open time with air. I agree with my Sauternes Brother, Ashish, that even the 2001s have shown much be...
by Mike Grammer
December 6th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Offline SF Marina Dec. 9 Sunday afternoon informal Richard Leland moves on
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Offline SF Marina Dec. 9 Sunday afternoon informal Richard Leland moves on

Make sure you congratulate him on his fantasy baseball victory this past season. Very much wish I could be there, will open a nice red Burg tonight with a friend in Richard's honour.

Sante,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 5th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

easier still to throttle forgiveness by the throat and tell it what you want it to do. :)
by Mike Grammer
December 4th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs -- A Taste of Russia at Le Notre Bistro
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: TNs -- A Taste of Russia at Le Notre Bistro

Good work, Tran and others. Sorry I couldn't attend this one. If you just popped-and-poured the Brunello, I'm not surprised it didn't show too much. Sounds like another good night at one of our favourite haunts.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 4th, 2018, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

The only wine I've had from this family was this one from 3 years ago. It was splendid: "2000 Violot-Guillemard Pommard Clos Orgelots Never heard of the producer or the plot, but wow. Nose of crushed cocoa dust, chestnut and cherry, with some strawberry underneath. And this is bee-utiful. A sophisti...
by Mike Grammer
December 4th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 273
Views: 11692

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Lol. If only we didn't have so much wine already....Oh well. Buying is fun, too. excitement of buying (especially bargain finds though now rare) coupled with the joy of expanding horizons by trying new and different wines. I can’t turn off a 35 year passion. Every now and then I sell/give/reduce bu...
by Mike Grammer
December 4th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Chablisienne Mont de Milieu
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: TN: 2010 La Chablisienne Mont de Milieu

Me too for the coop. From 2010, some of the Burg whites have had a trace of sweetness that doesn't quite sit with me, but many have been great, and that trace of sweetness hasn't been in any of the Chablis I've tried. Thanks for posting on this one, Alan.

A bientot,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 4th, 2018, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Arrivals...(long/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: TN: Some New Arrivals...(long/boring)

I need to make a note to myself to read all Tom postings. You drink such intriguing stuff! Yes, I did know about that project, talked about it with Sean when I visited Rhys in July. I definitely need to try some Etna-region wines and this is a big help for what to aim for. Entranced by your note on ...
by Mike Grammer
December 4th, 2018, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?
Replies: 42
Views: 1534

Re: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?

My recent experience would bend my thinking to no touchee until 8 years minimum. I'll add a sampling of notes from the last couple years, in part because I had taken note of my treatment of many of these: January 2017: 2010 La Togata dei Togati Brunello This took a little bit to unwind, about 2 hour...
by Mike Grammer
December 4th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 2284

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

Such a heartwarming pic, Jason, and more than enough reasons for you to keep fighting the good fight. Thank you for sharing, and sharing your journey and challenge with us. Hope to see you again soon.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 3rd, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard

Had this with Joe when I visited in July and he generously opened for us to try. He himself felt it was ready to drink now. "2001 Arcadian Garys’ Syrah Bob Fleming Cuvee We finished with a wine Joe feels is ready to drink. And great fun, since I know BT myself. So Joe gleefully told me the “label ta...
by Mike Grammer
December 2nd, 2018, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 2284

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

2014 Peter Franus Zin A while since I've had anything from him. Pleasant and enticing aromatics of blueberry and boysenberry swirl up the glass. But, while the fruit replays continue on the palate, they're joined by a bitter/sweet and pretty direct hit on your tongue with a heat spike in the middle...
by Mike Grammer
November 29th, 2018, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: TN: 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

Well, the 2003 tasted earlier this year: "2003 Flaccianello della Piave I just had a quick sip of this---it was surprisingly fresh for the vintage and had traces of leather to the clear red fruit nose and palate. Maybe not as memorable as the 07, it was still quite enjoyable." 1995 tried 5 years ago...
by Mike Grammer
November 29th, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: TN: 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

A near-OMFG? [grin.gif]

I think this has to be my fave Supertuscan and I have tasted Sassicaia, Tig, Ornellaia, Solaia and Masseto. Any vintage of this wine never fails to bring a broad smile to my face.

Maluhia,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
November 29th, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 70
Views: 3369

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

WOTY: My first Yquem. Starting out with my cellar, I said "NFW would I pick up a half bottle of dessert wine at that price... not matter how good it was". One tasting later and my Visa card is the proud owner of more than a couple... DOTY: I'm gonna need to age my newly purchased burgs a decade mor...
by Mike Grammer
November 27th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for whites?
Replies: 30
Views: 601

Re: Suggestions for whites?

I forgot about Pepiere and Luneau-Papin for Muscadet---definitely!

I like/love Aubert Chard. Rhys, Kutch, Liquid Farm and Littorai too for stateside (again, off the top of my head) plus the other recos I've seen in the thread.
by Mike Grammer
November 27th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 70
Views: 3369

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

Thanks all. John, I usually leave the thread open for about a week before doing final tabulations ;)

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