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by Bob Hughes
March 7th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gruaud Larose 1982 -another spectacular bottle.
Replies: 19
Views: 1104

Gruaud Larose 1982 -another spectacular bottle.

Yeah, during that decade, Cordier may have been my favorite Bordeaux owner - I even enjoyed a case of the '84 GL that I bought on close-out for $10 a bottle. I'm down to my last couple bottles of the '82, but I still have a case of the '86 to enjoy in the future. [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
March 7th, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experiences with sharing birth-year wines upon maturity
Replies: 45
Views: 2161

Experiences with sharing birth-year wines upon maturity

Not a birthday wine story, but Ray's post reminded me that in January my family all got together for my Mom's birthday, and I brought a '52 Borgogno Barolo that was from their wedding year - first time my Mom ever asked to have the empty bottle ;) .
by Bob Hughes
March 3rd, 2018, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experiences with sharing birth-year wines upon maturity
Replies: 45
Views: 2161

Experiences with sharing birth-year wines upon maturity

My oldest daughter was born in 1990, and we had a blast drinking through various Bordeaux, Barolo, Burgundy and California Cabs over the years - still have a few mags of the '90 LLC for a special occasion someday. The younger daughter was born in 1998 - for her 19th birthday I took a picture of her ...
by Bob Hughes
February 24th, 2018, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Paolo Scavino Barolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 444

TN: 1999 Paolo Scavino Barolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

I had a bottle of their '99 Carobric back in October and thought it was still drinking young.
by Bob Hughes
February 21st, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous scoring on Aldo Conterno,Vendetta or Reality?
Replies: 91
Views: 5024

Vinous scoring on Aldo Conterno,Vendetta or Reality?

Yeah, it's tough being a critic. You give someone a bunch of 95's and everybody complains about score inflation. So then you turn around and award a few 86's and someone accuses you of deliberately tanking the scores. Whether you like his style or not, one thing you have to give him credit for is th...
by Bob Hughes
February 16th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many US Cabernet Sauvignon producers are represented in your cellar?
Replies: 163
Views: 5273

How many US Cabernet Sauvignon producers are represented in your cellar?

Five producers - given that I know his palate pretty well, kind of shocked that Trimpi has that many :o ;)
by Bob Hughes
February 14th, 2018, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Barbaresco and Barolo normale bottlings
Replies: 45
Views: 2583

Favorite Barbaresco and Barolo normale bottlings

I don't drink a lot of younger Nebbiolo, so I really can't contribute. Like Tom, I would say that the 2004 Normale is still too young. That said, I liked a bottle of the 2008 I had recently, so it's really vintage dependent. Actually, I just went back and took a look at recent notes - in addition to...
by Bob Hughes
January 26th, 2018, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Brovia - Barolo - Garblet Sue
Replies: 15
Views: 667

TN: 1999 Brovia - Barolo - Garblet Sue

Irrespective of Alex's role at the winery, one can trace their ascendance on the quality scale to his arrival, so I think Tom is spot on (and Antonio has also implied this in the past). I like the '99 through 2001 Barolos they produced, but back then they were more akin to Cavalotto - certainly resp...
by Bob Hughes
January 21st, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday TNs - A trio of Briords
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Sunday TNs - A trio of Briords

We drink a good amount of the Pepiere Briords in our house, in some Summers going through a couple cases. But we generally drink it on release and just replenish by the vintage. Years ago, having read somewhere that the wine could benefit from some cellar time, I put away a mixed case and subsequent...
by Bob Hughes
January 20th, 2018, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bottle Stands Out In Your Memory?
Replies: 47
Views: 1997

What Bottle Stands Out In Your Memory?

I have been privileged to have had the '78 Monfortino and '78 Giacosa Collina Rionda Riserva on the same evening about a half dozen times - but the one time that stands out in that group was the night my wife and I were the only two people enjoying those two sublime wines - you can't beat multiple p...
by Bob Hughes
December 31st, 2017, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ch. Haut Brion 1995
Replies: 15
Views: 662

TN: Ch. Haut Brion 1995

To be honest, I don't think anyone who has previously written off 1986 should be considered wrong. Even at 30 years of age, you still have many wines that are still not quite there in terms of knitting themselves together, and to use the description Tom did, I think there remains reasonable doubt th...
by Bob Hughes
December 23rd, 2017, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Three Chardonnays from Oregon
Replies: 18
Views: 1072

TNs: Three Chardonnays from Oregon

I can see the comparison to Meursault, Rich - having the Cameron and Crowley side-by-side was cool because they presented so differently, but were both drinking well. My better half preferred the Cameron, my daughter liked the Crowley and I honestly couldn't decide which I liked better. Rick, regard...
by Bob Hughes
December 22nd, 2017, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Three Chardonnays from Oregon
Replies: 18
Views: 1072

TNs: Three Chardonnays from Oregon

2012 Cameron Blanc Clos Electrique - USA, Oregon (12/22/2017) Yellow-gold in the glass; to be honest, the nose has a light sherried note to it - if I were drinking a white Burg, I would say this wine was starting to begin a journey to pre-mox city. Palate is consistent with that - bummer. I guess I...
by Bob Hughes
December 11th, 2017, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: W&S: AltoPiemonte
Replies: 9
Views: 529

W&S: AltoPiemonte

I was surprised the article didn't mention Carema - I would have placed it as a town in Alto Piemonte, but it is quite a bit to the west of the map they included in the article, so perhaps they don't consider that area as being part of Alto Piemonte?
by Bob Hughes
December 10th, 2017, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 - Virtual Tasting Series Charity - P and R
Replies: 57
Views: 1493

Week 3 - Virtual Tasting Series Charity - P and R

2010 ArPePe Rosso di Valtellina A light translucent ruby in the glass (light enough to be mistaken for a Nerello Mascalese). Sweet/ripe cherry fruit on the nose, with a menthol note in the background. Light-bodied, with good acidity on the palate. This wine is drinking well now, but can probably st...
by Bob Hughes
December 8th, 2017, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 - Virtual Tasting Series Charity - P and R
Replies: 57
Views: 1493

Week 3 - Virtual Tasting Series Charity - P and R

https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=146680 Posting a link to the TN I just posted about regarding the 1990 Prunotto Cannubi , which is drinking very well tonight and will soon be joined by my better half's homemade pizza (this week with Pancetta, Kalamata olives, onion, garlic a...
by Bob Hughes
December 8th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday night pizza TNs: a trio of Italian wines
Replies: 0
Views: 274

Friday night pizza TNs: a trio of Italian wines

1990 Prunotto Barolo Cannubi - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (12/8/2017) Light translucent ruby in the glass; very interesting nose, with what I can best describe as a medicinal note, plus a nice funkiness in the background. Focused on the palate, with good supporting acidity and primarily red fr...
by Bob Hughes
December 6th, 2017, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 - Virtual Tasting Series Charity - P and R
Replies: 57
Views: 1493

Week 3 - Virtual Tasting Series Charity - P and R

We had our annual white truffle dinner at Blackfish last night - as always, an embarrassment of riches, and I may be missing a bottle or two, but our "qualifiers" for Jay's charity challenge were: 1990 Parusso Barolo Bussia (in mag) 1997, 1998 & 1999 Mascarello Monprivato There is something innately...
by Bob Hughes
December 3rd, 2017, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A snapshot of six 1988 Bordeaux
Replies: 10
Views: 731

A snapshot of six 1988 Bordeaux

A buddy of mine and I got together yesterday afternoon/evening to check out six Bordeaux from the 1988 vintage. This is one of those "forgotten" vintages that was sandwiched by the much hyped '86 vintage on the front end and the tandem of two great vintages in '89 & '90 on the back end. One of the n...
by Bob Hughes
November 27th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Pommard Les Noizons
Replies: 5
Views: 291

https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=145707

Yeah, a failed attempt at trying to link a TN to an existing thread (in this case, Frank Murray's Pinot charity challenge). I don't like to criticize CT because I do find it to be a very useful tool, but to folks who are technological cretins like myself, figuring out how to do some things is a PITA...
by Bob Hughes
November 27th, 2017, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4377

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

I'll sneak another one in here before Frank brings down the curtain - I tried (very unsuccessfully) to link my TN to Frank's thread directly from CT. [scratch.gif] At any rate, the 2005 Paul Pernot Pommard "Noizons" has a great Pinot nose, with brooding black & red fruit. The palate doesn't match th...
by Bob Hughes
November 27th, 2017, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Pommard Les Noizons
Replies: 5
Views: 291

TN: 2005 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Pommard Les Noizons

2005 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Pommard Les Noizons - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard (11/27/2017) A translucent ruby in the glass, with a great Pinot nose with some feral scents, and dark, "brooding" black & red fruits. Less substantive on the palate - pleasant, but somewhat soft, with ripe...
by Bob Hughes
November 24th, 2017, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4377

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Four pinots at Thanksgiving yesterday - three from Patricia Green from the 2013 vintage - the Reserve, the Madrone block Durant vineyard, and the Balcombe . My favorite was the Balcombe, but all three drank well, with the bottle from Durant coming across as the most primary/youngest. Then a Gary Far...
by Bob Hughes
November 19th, 2017, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4377

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

I have to admit that I'm impressed you took such good notes - I didn't even give it a thought, despite the fact that we were going to be posting this in Frank's thread [welldone.gif]
by Bob Hughes
November 19th, 2017, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4377

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Thanks to Rich for posting that group photo - I would have never been able to figure that out [scratch.gif] At any rate, dinner last night at our local BYOB gem, Talula's Table - in the picture, left to right are Jeff Vaughan, Richard "the Dean of Oregon Pinot" Trimpi, myself and Dave Mosko - four B...
by Bob Hughes
November 18th, 2017, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4377

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Actually, while we have miscreants like Hack and Melloni junking up Frank's thread with ancient TNs, I am excited about the fact that today counts, as I am having dinner with the dean of Oregon Pinot enthusiasts, Rich Trimpi, tonight, and I'm fairly certain that one or more Pinots will be consumed ;...
by Bob Hughes
November 17th, 2017, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4377

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

That's because you did it too soon - the wine gods punished you!

This thread does not officially open for business until Sunday, Todd - rules are rules [cheers.gif] .
by Bob Hughes
November 15th, 2017, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4377

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Frank, don't we normally "sticky" this at the top of page 1? Makes it easier for folks to find.
by Bob Hughes
November 10th, 2017, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 12
Views: 692

TN: 2007 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Jay, when you say regular Chianti, do you mean the CC or the CCR? For pure QPR, I think their CCR is one of the better buys one can make in Chianti regardless of vintage. I like the rusticity of Rancia, but I get how not everyone would - more often than not, Fontalloro comes across to me as their mo...
by Bob Hughes
November 10th, 2017, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 12
Views: 692

TN: 2007 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

With the caveat that I almost always prefer the Rancia to this, I liked my last bottle of this more than Jeff did (back in March of this year), although in terms of "Sangiovese classicism", I still like the 2004 Fontalloro better.
by Bob Hughes
November 6th, 2017, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 8
Views: 350

TN: 2004 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Nahe)

Thanks for the timely note, Dennis - I am going to a dinner next week featuring Szechuan and was wondering which 2004 Donnhoff to bring - your note makes my decision easy ;)
by Bob Hughes
November 6th, 2017, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous
Replies: 78
Views: 5597

2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous

I honestly don't get it either, Pat. Rob sells wine for a living - he's got it right in his signature. Not sure how anyone can be "misled" about his status. As far as I know from my conversations with him, he's been doing this for a long time - he's not some lawyer or investment banker who made his ...
by Bob Hughes
November 5th, 2017, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous
Replies: 78
Views: 5597

2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous

Agreed, Jeff - like I posted in a similar thread, we seem to have a lot of Berserkers that want to buy wines, but don't want to have wines sold to them ;) Interestingly, a lot of people seem to love Terry Theise's annual vintage catalogs for Germany, Austria and Champagne. I enjoy reading his stuff ...
by Bob Hughes
November 2nd, 2017, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino - a Rosso with the hallmark of a Brunello
Replies: 13
Views: 596

2010 Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino - a Rosso with the hallmark of a Brunello

John, have you tried this wine before? Or Stella di Campalto? Or Salicutti? These are not your "run of the mill" Rosso's. In general, I would say that I'm more likely to enjoy what is in the bottle of a Stella di Campalto Rosso than I am a Caparzo or La Gerla Brunello (to name two producers that I b...
by Bob Hughes
November 2nd, 2017, 4:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Kelley Fox "Ahurani" - something different
Replies: 19
Views: 1289

TN: 2015 Kelley Fox "Ahurani" - something different

Ryan, calling the Board's support of virtually any Oregon producer an "echo chamber" is a little over the top, no? Kind of like saying some jazz musician is overrated. I like Marcus Goodfellow's wines - in fact, I have probably posted on the board previously that I found his 2014 Richard's Cuvée to ...
by Bob Hughes
October 28th, 2017, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Nebbiolo (Cappellano, Giacosa, G Conterno, etc.)
Replies: 16
Views: 1183

TN: Nebbiolo (Cappellano, Giacosa, G Conterno, etc.)

Adrian, do you know how the younger wines were handled pre-tasting (I'm thinking here primarily of the 2001 Conterno and Giacosas) - were they double-decanted at some point in time earlier in the day, or was everything pop & pour at the restaurant?
by Bob Hughes
October 28th, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?
Replies: 80
Views: 2915

Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?

Not trying to be unduly confrontational here, but I am trying to wrap my head around the phrase "surprisingly good for a $10 Pinot". So what does that mean? Because most $10 Pinot is sh*t I find on the local supermarket shelf, and generally not anything I would ever be motivated to even try, much le...
by Bob Hughes
October 25th, 2017, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?
Replies: 80
Views: 2915

Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?

Katrina, if you haven't yet tried them, Oregon is also making some pretty serious Chardonnay these days as well - Marcus Goodfellow just released his 2015 Durant and Richard's bottlings, Crowley makes a very nice Four Winds release and Walter Scott has a number of very nice Chards, IMO. Very interes...
by Bob Hughes
October 25th, 2017, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?
Replies: 80
Views: 2915

Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?

To go a bit further, I have never met anyone with rigid views on this topic that has tested their assumptions with extensive tasting. You know, I had to laugh when I read this, because it is what I would describe as being akin to the "unanswerable question". Who defines extensive? I can tell you th...
by Bob Hughes
October 24th, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?
Replies: 80
Views: 2915

Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?

>>>>>My perception is that WB talks Oregon, but drinks California. Anytime you ask this question, most of your answers are going to be stridently pro Oregon, but most of our cellars and drinking are California. By a wide margin.<<<<< That wouldn't be my experience at all. After reading this, I did ...
by Bob Hughes
October 18th, 2017, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 339
Views: 21000

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I am sitting here watching the Yankees and enjoying a day 2 glass of the 2015 Durant Chardonnay - this was tight and primary last night, but it has relaxed tonight and is quite appealing. I might prefer the 2014 version of this wine, but I will have to verify that by trying them side-by-side soon. I...
by Bob Hughes
October 7th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pobega de Goodfellow
Replies: 5
Views: 536

TN: Pobega de Goodfellow

Okay, so in the interests of full disclosure, I didn't literally rip this out of the UPS guy's hands and pull the cork - but it is a recent delivery, and this is the first TN for this wine on CT, so I figured it qualifies for "Pobega" status [cheers.gif] 2015 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Fir...
by Bob Hughes
October 4th, 2017, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
Replies: 12
Views: 1065

TN: 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

Yeah, I'm not asking my question right (and let me preface this by saying I am a technological neanderthal). So, I have two notes on CT that both relate to this wine - how would I go about posting them to your thread? When I tried to post one here this morning, even though I used the same thread tit...
by Bob Hughes
October 3rd, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
Replies: 12
Views: 1065

TN: 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

I like what Dennis has done here with the running series/chronology of TNs - how do you do that via CT? Is it just making sure you use the same title each time, or is there some other "trick" to accomplish this? And Dennis, did you buy enough that you are also holding some to age, or is this a wine ...
by Bob Hughes
September 29th, 2017, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?
Replies: 44
Views: 2161

Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?

Practice, practice, practice ;)
by Bob Hughes
September 28th, 2017, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 339
Views: 21000

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Send your kids to county college for the first two years and use the savings to buy more wine [wow.gif] I picked up some of each of the single vineyard Pinots, and given how much I liked the 2014 versions, I will definitely be buying the 2015 Durant and Richard's Cuvee Chardonnays. I will also do so...
by Bob Hughes
September 27th, 2017, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schildknecht's global thoughts on '16
Replies: 20
Views: 1591

Schildknecht's global thoughts on '16

Couldn't agree more with your post, Rich. We have some members of the Board who apparently like to buy wine, but not be SOLD wine. Rob brings in, among other more "mainstream" producers: - Vaccelli from Corsica - Dirler-Cade from Alsace - Belluard from Savoie - Tissot from the Jura - Passopisciaro f...
by Bob Hughes
September 24th, 2017, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Manni Nössing Kerner
Replies: 4
Views: 191

TN: 2014 Manni Nössing Kerner

The Alto Adige is a gold mine for producers making nice wines from under appreciated grapes - in addition to Kerner, you can find good versions of Sylvaner, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco and even Pinot Grigio.
by Bob Hughes
September 23rd, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Night Pizza TNs: three from Italy
Replies: 9
Views: 938

Friday Night Pizza TNs: three from Italy

I have been remiss in getting back to my TNs to read the commentary, and have to admit I was psyched that I got two replies about Kenny Barron [cheers.gif] At any rate, if either Brad or Jeff (or anyone else, for that matter) have any interest in further explorations of Mr. Barron's discography, two...
by Bob Hughes
September 19th, 2017, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 339
Views: 21000

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

While rooting around in my cellar recently, I came across a 2013 Goodfellow Richard's Cuvée. I have been doing a dedicated job on working through the 2014 vintage of this wine, but hadn't tried one of these in a while. Very likable, but at least IMO, doesn't quite reach the heights of the 2014. That...

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