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by TomHill
February 23rd, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Zin Boatman '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 100

TN: Ridge Zin Boatman '17...(short/boring)

Tried this last night w/ Susan: 1. Ridge Zin BoatmanVnyd/AlexVlly/SonomaCnty (92% Zin/8% PS; 14.5%; 55 brls; bttld 2/2019; tartaric acid; Drk: 1/19-1/24-1/25: JO) 2017 : Dark color; fairly strong raspberry/blackberry/Zinberry/Zin lightly spicy some vanilla/Am.oak slight peppery attractive nose; bit ...
by TomHill
February 20th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Interesting Italian Wine Articles...
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Some Interesting Italian Wine Articles...

As linked in Wine Terroirist, some interesting articles on Italian wines: SuperBaroloVine is a RobertCamuto interview about a super Barolo vine that LucianoSandrone, called Talin, they have propagated & are now making a Talin wine. It gives a very intensely-colored Barolo. Thank god we can have a Ba...
by TomHill
February 20th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Denver or Breckenridge wine store?
Replies: 21
Views: 579

Yup...

Yup...Applejack has a large selection...of commodity wines.
DiVino on Broadway is small... but a well-curated selection. Argonaut has a pretty good selection.
And I've been told HarryHoffman's is pretty good!! :-)
Tom
by TomHill
February 19th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super-Sensitive Brett Detector...
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Yup...

John Morris wrote:
February 19th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Retronasal detection?
Yup...that was certainly my first thought, John.
Tom
by TomHill
February 19th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100-pointer for Bill Easton
Replies: 14
Views: 1628

Yup...

Glad to see the Sierra Foothills getting the attention it deserves! Luckily, I picked up a two-pack of 2006 and 2016 Ascent, can't wait to try. Btw, if you stop in Plymouth, you must try Taste, we had a wonderful dinner there last Dec. Yup...Taste is a gem...one of the best restaurants in the Sierr...
by TomHill
February 18th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super-Sensitive Brett Detector...
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Super-Sensitive Brett Detector...

Super weird. Was tasting last night an Italian Barbera. Fairly decent w/ good Barbera character... nothing profound, though. Took a swallow and then suddenly sneezed. The character of brettanomyces strongly welled up in my throat. Went back & retasted carefully. "Yup... there may be a bit of Brett b...
by TomHill
February 18th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: EXPostFacto Syrah SBC '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Fair Enough

+1. Ojai is consistently good too. I recently had an '18 Tensley Santa Barbara County Syrah and it was really bad. Hmmmm...generally I've pretty good results w/ the Tensley Syrahs. Tom It had a very artificial taste to it. A very blueberry concoction. I thought I stumbled upon a new version of Apho...
by TomHill
February 18th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: EXPostFacto Syrah SBC '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Hmmmm..

I often wonder why I bother to buy anything other than Jaffurs SBC, and their handful of SVD’s... certainly a benchmark label for me. +1. Ojai is consistently good too. I recently had an '18 Tensley Santa Barbara County Syrah and it was really bad. Hmmmm...generally I've pretty good results w/ the ...
by TomHill
February 17th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: EXPostFacto Syrah SBC '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 266

TN: EXPostFacto Syrah SBC '16...(short/boring)

Tried this Fri night w/ Susan: 1. EXPostFacto Syrah SantaBarbaraCnty (14.5%) Lompoc 2016 : Very dark color; strong SBC/blackberry/Syrah/rather peppery some toasty/oak bit earthy rather spicy quite attractive nose; fairly tart rather hard/tannic strong blackberry/Syrah/spicy/some peppery fairly stron...
by TomHill
February 17th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Kuentz-Bas Riesling '17....(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 118

TN: Kuentz-Bas Riesling '17....(short/boring)

Tried this over the weekend: 1. Kuentz-Bas Riesling AC: Alsace (13.5%; www.Kuentz-Bas.Fr; KermitLynch) Husseren Les Chateaux 2017 : Light gold color; strong floral/R/mango some minera/chalky classic Alsace R bit simple fragrant nose; lightly tart bit rich slightly off-dry (0.5% r.s.?) pleasant flora...
by TomHill
February 14th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rosa dell Olmo Barolo '14....(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 139

TN: Rosa dell Olmo Barolo '14....(short/boring)

Doing a bit of bottom feeding at TJ's on Wed & grabbed: 1. Rosa dell Olmo Dd'OCG: Barolo (13.5%; LatitudeWines; www.LatitudeWines.com) B by CN/5801 T.D.V. S.P.A. 004013 2014 : Fairly dark color; rather earthy/dusty rather grapey/Dolcetto-like very slight floral/lilacs some fragrant/grapey bit smokey...
by TomHill
February 9th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 150
Views: 6714

Nope..

In response to Alan Rath's question above about the possibility of taking a wine that was naturally high alcohol and de-alcing a portion and blending it back in to create both high - and low-alcohol versions of the same wine, this experiment has been carried out, by Fresno State. One observation of...
by TomHill
February 4th, 2020, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Idlewild Sunday School, Corsica Land of Legend and Great Wines
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Great..

Great TN's Tom. They pretty much reflect my take on Corsican wines. Thomas did a good job assembling them. Wisht I were there.
Tom
by TomHill
January 26th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Matthiasson '12 Wines....(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 155

TN: Two Matthiasson '12 Wines....(short/boring)

Was in a Matthiasson mood last night, so cracked: 1. Matthiasson RibollaGialla MatthiassonVnyd/NapaVlly (12.8%; www.Matthiasson.com) MatthiassobFamilyVnyds/Napa 2012 : Deep gold/burnished bronze/bit browning color; strong phenolic/resiny/bit cidery slight oxidative some honeyed/orangey slight RG/whi...
by TomHill
January 25th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nick Martin??
Replies: 0
Views: 396

Nick Martin??

Anybody know the whereabouts of Dominic (Nick) Martin. Founder with his brother of MartinBros Wnry in Paso. Got big $$'s when his Dad's advertising biz sold. Moved to Somerset England. Bought a resort property in the Adirondacks. Then headed the vit program at Highlands Community College in Wamego K...
by TomHill
January 25th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 102
Views: 5442

Yup...

I agree with you Tom... and disagree that these gestures are costly and end up reflected in the retail cost of the wine... Those of you that received their Fall 2019 wine club shipment from Idlewild can tell you themselves. Now we did have to find the Porcini mushrooms, and I did have to spend the ...
by TomHill
January 25th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Italian Varietals (Idlewild/Castelli)...(long/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 178

TN: Some Italian Varietals (Idlewild/Castelli)...(long/boring)

We tried last week (1/15/20) Some Italian Varietals: 1. Idlewild Arneis WildRuthRanch/YorkvilleHighlands (12.2%; www.IdlewildWines.com) Geyserville 2018 : Pale gold color; lovely very fragrant floral/Arneis/gardenias light perfumed talc/chalky/bit mineral quite attractive Arneis nose; fairly tart st...
by TomHill
January 25th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 102
Views: 5442

Not Only That....

Further proof (as if we needed it) that there is nothing that can't be argued about on WineBerserkers. Indeed. I believe Tom when he cites Tablas Creek as having excellent customer relations in general over the years, highlighted by a relevant and thoughtful gift that he recently received. I don't ...
by TomHill
January 25th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 102
Views: 5442

And They're At It Again...

Just got my Christmas/appreciation gift from TablasCreek. A really nice pair of stainless-steel/hand-forged cheese knives in a velvet holder. I keep wondering when Jason will run out of ideas for their annual gifts. Definitely one of my favorite wineries...even w/o the annual appreciation gift. Tom
by TomHill
January 24th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: MartinBros Primitivo Appassito Zin Port '90...(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 94

TN: MartinBros Primitivo Appassito Zin Port '90...(short/boring)

Shared this at BacchusBadBoys last night: 1. MartinBros Primitivo Appassito Zin Port PasoRobles (Harvested in the Italian fashion after the first freeze of 1990; 18%; "Some Sack, Francis") P&B by MartinBros/PasoRobles 1990 : Dark rather brown very cloudy/murky/suspended sediment color; rather alcoho...
by TomHill
January 24th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: SQN Twisted&Bent AlbanVnyd '97...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Yup...

I looked around and could find only references to the 60% Roussanne/40% Chardonnay blend; maybe the Chardonnay came from a nearby vineyard, rather than John's. I read Parker's original note, where he rated the wine 90-93 points, and his followup, where he gave it 95 points and alleged a drinking wi...
by TomHill
January 24th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Four Natural & Skin-Contact Whites...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 276

Sure...

This is the first time I've seen "natty" as an adjective in your wine notes, Tom -- care to give a definition? Sure, Larry. But not a precise definition that would meet your standards of excellence. "Natty" is like "phenolic"....comes from "natural"...it describes a certain identifiable funky chara...
by TomHill
January 24th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: SQN Twisted&Bent AlbanVnyd '97...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 277

TN: SQN Twisted&Bent AlbanVnyd '97...(short/boring)

Shared this last night at BacchusBadBoys: 1. SineQuaNon Twisted&Bent AlbanVnyd/SLOCnty (14%) elaine & manfred Krankl/Ventura 1997 : Med.dark gold/burnished bronze color; strong charred/smokey/toasty/burnt/Fr.oak some oxidized/nutted/toasted hazelnuts/toasted coconut/ZagNut Bar old Rouss very complex...
by TomHill
January 23rd, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2467

Hmmm...

Wow, what a fun discussion! I am on the same page with so many of you, that you can’t handicap the natural wine, and that includes evaluating wines within a variety of categories – a light quaffer is still pleasurable while an aged “serious” red can have beautiful depth and complexity. Both give pl...
by TomHill
January 23rd, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Four Natural & Skin-Contact Whites...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 276

TN: Four Natural & Skin-Contact Whites...(short/boring)

Tried these 4 over the last couple of days: 1. Forlorn-Hope GemischterSatz MokelumneGlenVnyd/Lodi WW (77 cs; 12.83%; www.ForlornHopeWines.com) 2015 : Light gold somewhat hazy color; rather strong phenolic/resiny/skin-contact light floral/carnations/appley/apple blossom/orangey bit saline/savory slig...
by TomHill
January 22nd, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineSearcher: Blinky Talks To Randall
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Nope...

Greg Xu wrote:
January 22nd, 2020, 7:37 am
Anyone knows what kind of carboy bun/seal is he using in that picture?
Nope, Greg....don't recognize it at all.
Tom
by TomHill
January 22nd, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineSearcher: Blinky Talks To Randall
Replies: 5
Views: 420

WineSearcher: Blinky Talks To Randall

The sale of BonnyDoon is old hat now. But BlinkyGray has an interesting interview with Randall:
Blinky:Randall

Tom
by TomHill
January 15th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 730

MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)

Tried these two over the weekend: 1. Kroger Instant non-fat Dry Milk : Did not dissolve well; lumpy; white color w/ some crunchy topping; very light slight milky nose; soft rather bland/milky bit grainy/gritty flavor; very long rather milky some chalky/gritty bit watery simple/bland finish; pleasant...
by TomHill
January 15th, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Failla Syrah Estate '11..(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 170

TN: Failla Syrah Estate '11..(short/boring)

Tried this last night for my red: 1. Failla Syrah Estate/FortRoss-Seaview (13.8%; www.FaillaWines.com) StHElena 2011 : Very dark color w/ slight bricking; beautiful c-c/cracked black pepper strong blackberry/Syrah/spicy/peppery strong w-c/black olive tapenade quite Rhonish/roasted/bit smokey/espress...
by TomHill
January 15th, 2020, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 681

Well....

I have a feeling Tom and Johns next visit isn’t going to go as well as it did “from the start” ;) Well, Robert.....I think our next visit, whenever, will go just fine. John doesn't need to market his wines, so doesn't get out much. Doesn't even show at HdR. But John knows his wines don't fit my sty...
by TomHill
January 14th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Kaitel Riesling ZabalaVnyd '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Thanks...

Hello Tom, Thank you very much for trying my wine and your feedback. Truly honored and humbled. Mr. Corti is a super knowledgeable person and his store has been great source for Riesling especially ones with age. I started my winery in 2016 and Zabala was the fruit I was offered by Ryan Stirm, Stir...
by TomHill
January 14th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jaffurs PetiteSirah ArchibaldCuvee '10...(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 109

TN: Jaffurs PetiteSirah ArchibaldCuvee '10...(short/boring)

Cracked this red last night to go with my duck breast: 1. Jaffurs PetiteSirah ThompsonVnyd/SBC (ArchibaldCuvee; 14.5%) SantaBarbara 2010 : Very dark/black color w/ slight bricking; intense boysenberry/blackberry/PS/peppery light toasty/oak slight volatile/alcoholic bit earthy/dusty some complex nose...
by TomHill
January 14th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dr.Herman H Riesling Mosel '09...(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 99

TN: Dr.Herman H Riesling Mosel '09...(short/boring)

Cracked this open for my white last night: 1. Dr.Herman H Riesling (10.5%; Q; A.P.Nr. 2 602 145 4 10; BroadbentSlctns) Weingut Dr.Herman/Mosel 2009 : Med.gold colorbeautiful pungent/Mosel valve oil/gout de petrol rather steely/flinty/mineral light floral/R complex nose; quite tart/tangy steely/flint...
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 681

Well...

How do you REALLY feel about these? [rofl.gif] [bleh.gif] [swearing.gif] [stirthepothal.gif] I love your takes on these, and truly appreciate your insights and stories as well. I take them at face value, knowing that there is no agenda here - just your take.vs. other domestic rhones and their devel...
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 150
Views: 6714

Yup....

We recently had a tasting of Turley Zins going back into the 90s and one of my favorites was the 1994, contrary to my expectations going in. It brought home the point that it's more than just the alcohol that one should consider. Based on that alone, I wouldn't have aged the wine. But for the perso...
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: TablasCreek Roussanne '14...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 172

TN: TablasCreek Roussanne '14...(short/boring)

Tried this at dinner at Susan's Fri night: 1. TablasCreekVnyds Roussanne Estate/AdelaidaDist/PasoRobles (13.%) 2014 : Med.dark gold color; beautiful honeyed/honeycomb/honeysuckle/Rouss bit floral/spicy/nutmeg slight nutty/oxidative slight herbal/hay mow fairly complex lovely nose; lightly tart very ...
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Slovenian Riesling
Replies: 26
Views: 868

Thanks...

"renski riesling" means Rhine-Riesling - a designation used also in Austria for the German/Austrian/Frenche Riesling-grape ... to distinguish it from the Welsch-Riesling, a grape not related to the (German) Riesling, but which is grown in the South and East of Austria, yielding wine of fresh charac...
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 681

TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)

I tasted some older Albans this month (Jan 2020): 1. AlbanVnyds Pandora Seymore'sVnyd EdnaVlly RW (15.5%) ArroyoGrande 2000 : Very dark color w/ some browning; intense blackberry/boysenberry/strawberry/Syrah very strong charred/burnt/Fr.oak/toasty rather hot/alcoholic/fumey nose w/ little evolution/...
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: PierreSparr Riesling Schoenenbourg '15...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 170

TN: PierreSparr Riesling Schoenenbourg '15...(short/boring)

Tried this w/ Susan this weekend: 1. PierreSparr Riesling Schoenenbourg GrandCru AC: Alsace GrandCru (13%; Unoaked; www.Vins-Sparr.com; Wilson-Daniels) PierreSparr/Beblemheim 2015 : Med.dark gold color; beautiful floral/mango/R strong Mosel valve oil/petrol/pungent fairly complex very perfumed nose;...
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 150
Views: 6714

Well...

The Jaffurs SBC Syrah '08 I just posted was a great example of a high-alcohol Syrah that matured beautifully.
OTOH, I've had 4 Alban reds from '00-'01 that didn't show very well w/ lots of alcohol and no real development, just
still very primary. TN's to follow.
Tom
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jaffurs Syrah SBC '08...(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 142

TN: Jaffurs Syrah SBC '08...(short/boring)

Tried this over the weekend w/ Susan: 1. Jaffurs Syrah SBC (15.5%) SantaBarbara 2008 : Very dark color w/ slight bricking; very strong ripe/blackberry/Syrah/boysenberry/Syrah/spicy/bit peppery some toasty/oak classic SBC Syrah some complex quite fragrant nose; lightly tart strong blackberry/Syrah/bo...
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Slovenian Riesling
Replies: 26
Views: 868

Re: Slovenian Riesling

dvansteenderen wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 7:07 am
That's from Slovakia and not Slovenia...
ZevRovine site says it's Slovenia.
Tom
by TomHill
January 13th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Slovenian Riesling
Replies: 26
Views: 868

Well...

Had a glass of Sumenjak renski riesling at a resto yesterday. The menu listed it as a mix of renzsi and riesling, but when I put renski riesling into Google translate it comes back as rhine riesling (renzsi doesn't translate). Anybody know what I was drinking? Sumenjak is a winery in Slovenia. The ...
by TomHill
January 12th, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 La Clarine Farm White (USA, California, Sierra Foothills)
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Awwww...

Awww, Buzz...you just don’t get natural wines. This is the way they’re supposed to taste! Get with the program.
Tom
by TomHill
January 11th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1815

Not Really..

Not really similar to the Qupe thing. Quite a bit different, I think.
Tom
by TomHill
January 10th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1815

Wow....Thanks..

larry schaffer wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 8:51 am
Didn't see that one coming . . .

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=g ... aId=224497
Thanks for that, Larry. Wow...that's a shocker. Didn't see that coming, either.
Wonder what that means for his Popeluchum effort in SanJuanBatista. Hope not the end of that.
Tom
by TomHill
January 10th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two CO Reds...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 203

TN: Two CO Reds...(short/boring)

Tried these two last night: 1. QutoriWines Syrah CO (14.8%) QutoriWines/Paonia/CO 2017 : Very dark color; very strong blackberry/Syrah/spicy/light peppery light toasty/oak slight earthy/loamy quite interesting nose; fairly tart/tangy bit earthy/loamy strong blackberry/Syrah/fairly spicy bit peppery ...
by TomHill
January 9th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falanghina Fan Club
Replies: 26
Views: 1467

May Visit..

Everett,
By all means get in touch in May. I frequently give personal tours to visitors of our Bradbury Science Museum, one of the best Science museums in the Nation. Have lots of stories to tell about the exhibits..some of which are even true!!
Tom
by TomHill
January 9th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falanghina Fan Club
Replies: 26
Views: 1467

Why...Hello...

The one made by Arnot Roberts is fabulous. Very interesting white varietal when made in a lean crisp way. Good to see you in this little corner of CyberSpace again, Everett. Haven't seen you around for some time. Hope things are OK with you? I thought the A-R Falanghina was varietally correct, I fo...
by TomHill
January 8th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Kaitel Riesling ZabalaVnyd '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 186

TN: Kaitel Riesling ZabalaVnyd '16...(short/boring)

Tried last night this Riesling: 1. KaitelWines Riesling ZabalaVnyds/MontereyCnty (11.86%; 100% Dry; www.KaitelWines.com) KaiTelWines/Healdsburg 2016 : Med.light gold color w/ some bubbles that dissapate rapidly; strong Mosel valve oil/petrol some R/mango/pineapple slight steely/flinty beautiful R no...

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