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by Frank Murray III
January 3rd, 2021, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6
Replies: 80
Views: 2084

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6

Nate, one more contribution for you. Thanks again for doing this. The story on this wine is that I'm developing an affection for the Chardonnay made my Dominique Moreau. In 2019, I had the 2014 vintage of Eloquence three times. The first bottle that year I opened, I had one of those experiences wher...
by Frank Murray III
January 2nd, 2021, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6
Replies: 80
Views: 2084

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6

2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Efflorescence Extra Brut - France, Champagne (1/1/2021) 5th bottle this year, a wine that is also on my best of the year list for 2020, and what we opened for NYE last night. Finishing it today. This is the December 2018 disgorgement, which may be my first bottle from t...
by Frank Murray III
January 1st, 2021, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6
Replies: 80
Views: 2084

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6

2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Efflorescence Extra Brut - France, Champagne (1/1/2021) 5th bottle this year, a wine that is also on my best of the year list for 2020, and what we opened for NYE last night. Finishing it today. This is the December 2018 disgorgement, which may be my first bottle from t...
by Frank Murray III
January 1st, 2021, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch 2019 lineup with Jamie and the crew
Replies: 19
Views: 1872

Re: Kutch 2019 lineup with Jamie and the crew

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by Frank Murray III
January 1st, 2021, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch 2019 lineup with Jamie and the crew
Replies: 19
Views: 1872

Re: Kutch 2019 lineup with Jamie and the crew

Brig, thanks for starting the topic here. You're the storyteller of our group, so I look forward to your notes later. Larry, happy new year buddy. These wines were all bottled about three weeks prior. Jamie shipped them all to me after they had been corked and foiled. I hung onto them until we could...
by Frank Murray III
December 31st, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4244

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

For me, this topic reminds me similarly of Échelle des Crus. Fortunately, that system is dead. Broadening out to Howard's thought above, you end up with some 5 tiered gradation, which feels similarly subjective to Échelle des Crus. Example...I love Marie Courtin, Larmandier-Bernier, Vilmart, Mousse,...
by Frank Murray III
December 29th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: mini Champagne tasting: 2014 Courtin "Efflorescence"; 2012 Remy Massin Brut; NV Hebrart Rose
Replies: 15
Views: 535

Re: TN: mini Champagne tasting: 2014 Courtin "Efflorescence"; 2012 Remy Massin Brut; NV Hebrart Rose

Graf, happy holidays buddy. Have not seen you since in a long while, hope you and everyone there in LA are well, dude. Thanks for posting about the 2014 Marie Courtin Eff. I've had four bottles of it this year, and my view in to that wine is that it's special stuff. Three of us just split on another...
by Frank Murray III
December 18th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 167
Views: 5822

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

For you Rat, I not only opened Zin, but I am wearing my Rosso t-shirt and posting a photo of my mug, with the crazy dog. You're a good man for taking this week on to help others. You know, if I could ask Santa for a wish, it would be to sport my Rosso t-shirt, then drive my ass up to Santa Rosa, and...
by Frank Murray III
December 11th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag
Replies: 10
Views: 1253

Re: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag

Hi Frank - I hope you're well. I have nothing to request but felt compelled to come post here that I never ever thought I'd live to see the day when FMIII would type "I want to move some Pinot Noir out of my cellar." Just when I thought 2020 couldn't get any weirder... [tease.gif] Yeah, y...
by Frank Murray III
December 3rd, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Aussie Aussie Aussie - Jay H for Food Bank - Nov30 - DEC9
Replies: 80
Views: 3161

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Aussie Aussie Aussie - Jay H for Food Bank - Nov30 - DEC9

Brig brought by my place two wines to try, in support of Jay's challenge. So, in the spirit of charity, I went through both of these with notes to follow. I just don't care for these wines, and while the Torbreck was at least drinkable and decent, I just don't care for wines made in this style anymo...
by Frank Murray III
November 30th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

I want to thank everyone for making this a tremendous week. We did very well, and I wanted to give you a summary. Based on all the notes, as well as the matching donations from several of you, including mine which is against all the notes (and doubled by my anonymous Berserker), we raised just over ...
by Frank Murray III
November 29th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Folks, we have a few hours left so you still have time. After midnight, we change over to Jay Hack's week so get your TNs tonight if you want them counted. Here is my final note. I've signed on to follow Wells Guthrie into his new Dupuis project in Anderson Valley, and I'm working through the 2018 A...
by Frank Murray III
November 29th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

Brig, Brig, Brig, you generous soul. No donations to me....direct to Laura's House please. But since you made it already, I will add it to my final donation this week.
by Frank Murray III
November 29th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Frank, Many thanks. I have this somewhere, you may have posted it earlier, but: Please (re)post all of the donor info for Laura's House, address, attention to (name of person), what we should write on the check. Thank you. Dan Kravitz Dan, please just donate directly to Laura's House via their webs...
by Frank Murray III
November 29th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

Gina came over to post, but she found the right thread so that's good.

Rat, don't worry, I got it. But hey, we got Wisconsin football back in the discussion. :) Man, I miss the fans in college football. Go away 2020 and COVID. [headbang.gif] [headbang.gif] [headbang.gif] [headbang.gif]
by Frank Murray III
November 27th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Thanks for the continued posts. Wanted to pass along that two additional Berserkers have stepped up to make additional donations. One for $200 and another is going to match a $1 per note, plus an employer match for another $1. Both of these will help increase the total donation--thank you! And, seve...
by Frank Murray III
November 26th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Efflorescence Extra Brut - France, Champagne (11/26/2020) Happy Thanksgiving everyone. It's been a helluva year for many, us included. This bottle is a BEAUTY, just like the other three I've had earlier in the year. It's on my short list for my Champagne of the year, al...
by Frank Murray III
November 26th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Viet is in. And that plate of food, chances are he whipped that up. Viet is a modest soul but he can chef up some really fantastic food, as I have had it a # of times and he knows what he's doing. It's great to keep seeing the posts, some of you with repeated posts, it all helps to raise money for L...
by Frank Murray III
November 23rd, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Thank you all very much for supporting the thread today....more and more posts, which is driving up the total donation. I even got a PM earlier from another Berserker that he was making a side donation to Laura's House. Thank you, sir. I also want to recognize Margaret, who posted earlier today abou...
by Frank Murray III
November 23rd, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

I'm enjoying all the photos and posts. Please keep going everyone, as we're doing great.
by Frank Murray III
November 23rd, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag
Replies: 10
Views: 1253

Re: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag

Hi, I want to sell these wines and make the donation. With that said, I will drop the price on the Hillsides to $125 each, which is $25 less than the release price. If you want them, please grab them. I'm also willing to drop the prices on all the remaining non-Hillside bottles by $5. I just want to...
by Frank Murray III
November 21st, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

2018 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (11/21/2020) This is a heartfelt tasting note. I really didn't like this wine when I tasted with Jamie right after it was bottled, it came off with a lot of tomato. I was really concerned because Falstaff is one ...
by Frank Murray III
November 21st, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag
Replies: 10
Views: 1253

Re: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag

Edited for pending sold items.

Anyone else have an interest in these? Remember, 20% of whatever I sell, I will donate that amount to Laura's House.
by Frank Murray III
November 20th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Terrific, good to see you all jumping in to get this started. It warms my soul to see people take this event to heart, especially in the shi##y year it has been for so many, in so many places. Thank you, truly. We'll do some good here for Laura's House, and remember, with my matching donor, as well ...
by Frank Murray III
November 19th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

brigcampbell wrote: November 19th, 2020, 6:23 pm I'll donate $25 for every tasting note I post.

Don't forget PN bubbles count too.
Thank you buddy. We appreciate the generosity. [highfive.gif]
by Frank Murray III
November 19th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

You can open the bottle starting 11/20 and post the note anytime between then and 11/29. Mike, myself and our anonymous matching donor look forward to getting this started....and, if you want to be a matching donor, to whatever degree you wish, please post (or anonymously and I'll keep your name unp...
by Frank Murray III
November 18th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag
Replies: 10
Views: 1253

Re: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag

Thanks Counselor Seiber. I'm close to 50/50 (still/Champagne) for the cellar. And with the postponement of Falltacular, I figured the 20% donation would help, too. I've had a couple private messages asking about the wines. I'm gonna let this ride for another day or so and then I will sell to whomeve...
by Frank Murray III
November 17th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag
Replies: 10
Views: 1253

Some Rhys Pinot Noir For Sale--Hillsides, Skyline, Swan Terrace and a Bear Mag

I want to move some Pinot Noir out of my cellar, as I continue to build my love for Champagne and move $$$ to rebalance my cellar. This is the purpose behind offering the wines listed below. All of them have been stored in my cellar since release. As for the pricing, I am firm on these. They are all...
by Frank Murray III
November 14th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7119

Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

This has been a tough year for many. We all know those challenges, some have felt them personally. To help with that, let's do something positive and kick off the annual holiday tasting note challenge, carrying on the tradition we started around here more than 5 years ago to raise money for charity....
by Frank Murray III
November 13th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DuPuis Wines
Replies: 32
Views: 2854

Re: DuPuis Wines

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by Frank Murray III
November 12th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Falltacular 2021

Hello to the Falltacular family. It's been a helluva year for so many, driven by the election dynamics, economic conditions, and probably most of all as it pertains to Falltacular, the COVID spread.Each person in the Falltacular family has felt some impact, some greater than others, and for that, Ji...
by Frank Murray III
August 7th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2569

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

I've found that wine is something I enjoy much more when I'm feeling happy, when it feels like a reward. It doesn't have the power to transmute unhappiness to happiness, at least for me... ... I firmly believe that by the year 2100, there will be more democracies than there are now, fewer people li...
by Frank Murray III
August 6th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 15
Views: 1390

Re: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Brent S wrote: August 3rd, 2020, 3:05 pm I had a half bottle of this on Saturday. It was great. Read this note and made me want to check it out. Very pretty, clean, mineral driven wine with bright citrus notes.
Brent, there is some variation going here. I would like my bottle to taste as you describe, which is why I love Alpine.
by Frank Murray III
August 6th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2569

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

Robert, hang in there. This is a shitty time in some respects, based on a # of things popping around us that I am not happy about either. I've had my days too recently but being outside, as I was today to play a round of golf with another Berserkers, it does help. Break away from the news for a bit,...
by Frank Murray III
August 6th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 15
Views: 1390

Re: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

My contribution to this here discussion.... 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (8/6/2020) A number of smart palates have written about this wine in the past few weeks. It got me curious and of the few Rhys Chards I have not tasted, this is...
by Frank Murray III
August 5th, 2020, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5080

Re: books ?

Just arrived today. Will get onto this once i finish the Padma Lakshmi memoir (which is terrific, BTW). 20200731_174035.jpg FWIW, I tried to start the Hitler's Vineyard's book last night and just wasn't digging the writing style. It just came across as heavy, boring. I sent it back to Amazon today....
by Frank Murray III
August 5th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5080

Re: books ?

Just arrived today. Will get onto this once i finish the Padma Lakshmi memoir (which is terrific, BTW). 20200731_174035.jpg FWIW, I tried to start the Hitler's Vineyard's book last night and just wasn't digging the writing style. It just came across as heavy, boring. I sent it back to Amazon today....
by Frank Murray III
August 4th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah
Replies: 54
Views: 1696

Re: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah

Brian, I'm late to this but what I can offer, I own Switchback Ridge, Mending Wall and Carlisle (the latter both made from Palisades Vineyard). I have a hard time with the alcohols on these wines now but when I want to share PS with friends or during a meal, these are the 3 wines that are in my cell...
by Frank Murray III
August 3rd, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 15
Views: 1390

Re: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Well, you guys got me interested now so I decided to put my final remaining bottle onto my Drink Now list and then I'll come back and add my note to the thread here. Thanks for the input, it really helps.
by Frank Murray III
August 2nd, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah
Replies: 147
Views: 9600

Re: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah

Not sure if anyone mentioned Model Farm yet so let me add that one, too. They should be releasing their 2018 in the next few weeks. Based on the 2017 we had last weekend, which was fantastic for my palate, I plan to keep buying and will do that with the 2018.

https://www.modelfarmwines.com
by Frank Murray III
August 2nd, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1744
Views: 118855

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Not Andrew but he is correct. [highfive.gif]

I dig the new label. From the two times I have heard Laurent talk about it, he is very proud of it, too. This will show you the label.

https://www.laywheeler.com/product-detail?id=1312264A
by Frank Murray III
August 2nd, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1744
Views: 118855

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Warren, I still have one bottle left of the 2010 Vilmart CR.....sounds like a good time to drink it, yes? Andrew, good duo there, man. The 2012 CdC is coming soon........saving my budget for that! Any intel on when we may start seeing this at U.S. retail? What I am hearing is Fall. Between this and...
by Frank Murray III
August 2nd, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Matthiasson Chardonnay Linda Vista Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 9
Views: 490

Re: TN: 2018 Matthiasson Chardonnay Linda Vista Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Buek, we opened the Quake Cuvee last night and I had one small pour of it and then, poof, my family had crushed the bottle. What a cool value that was for $48 way back when. Still doing the Matthiasson Cabs.
by Frank Murray III
August 2nd, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1744
Views: 118855

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Warren, I still have one bottle left of the 2010 Vilmart CR.....sounds like a good time to drink it, yes?

Andrew, good duo there, man. The 2012 CdC is coming soon........saving my budget for that!
by Frank Murray III
July 31st, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 135
Views: 9097

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Frigging virus. I wish you both the best as you recover back from this thing.
by Frank Murray III
July 31st, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales
Replies: 15
Views: 850

Re: Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales

Blake Brown wrote: July 31st, 2020, 5:55 pm
Frank Murray III wrote: July 31st, 2020, 5:52 pm
AD Northup wrote: July 31st, 2020, 5:38 pm I’m doing what I can to prop them up...
Me too, dude.
Me 3 dudes
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