Tasting Notes for mobowines

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Red
7/12/2013 - mobowines Likes this wine:
89 points
Colour: ruby, light, clear (surprisingly pale)
Aroma intensity: medium
Development: medium
Aromas: smooth, herbs. well blended.
medium body
mild acidity
flavourful intensity
medium, round tannins
Flavours: herbs, licorice?, a bit of slightly bitter fruit. Quite smooth already, but could still age for a few more years.
Pleasant, surprisingly light. Good for summer. The bitterness will likely even out and disappear over the next couple years.
Rosé - Sparkling
8/17/2012 - mobowines wrote:
91 points
Very dry and fruity, with quite a bit of acidity. Lovely and a great value.
40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Côt, 20% Grolleau
12.5% alcohol by volume
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Red
2/23/2012 - mobowines wrote:
Aroma intensity: medium
Development: youthful
Aromas (pre-aeration): light minerals
(post-aeration):
dry; medium-bodied; lively acidity; flavourful intensity
Tannins: round, very dry
Flavours: Pre-aeration: very fruity with a bit too much acidity. Very drinkable, but I wish the tannin level was a bit lower.
Post-aeration:

From the winery:
White - Sparkling
11/11/2011 - mobowines wrote:
89 points
Colour: extremely pale, clear yellow
Aroma: low; a bit sour and mineral-like. Slightly bready.
Flavour: Extremely dry minerals with a hint of citrus. Relatively low acidity, but it felt nicely balanced.
Very nice, precise prosecco. Tons of tiny bubbles.
Producer's description calls it off-dry, but I found it bone dry.
Varietal Blend: Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir Blanc, and Muscat
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Alcohol Level : 13.0%
Titratable Acidity: .673g/100mL
pH level: 3.53
Residual Sugar: <.25%
Rosé
11/8/2011 - mobowines wrote:
89 points
Colour: garnet, medium, clear.
Aroma intensity: low-medium
Development: youthful
Aromas: fruity; cherry and citrus
medium body
strong acidity
flavourful intensity
low soft tannins
Flavours: fruity but very dry -- cherry, cranberry, a bit of a vodka flavour. Low tannins and high acidity.
Pleasant and drinkable, but not as much richness as I expected from a Tavel.
website: http://domainelarocaliere.com/fiche-technique/Fiche-technique-TAVEL-Perle-de-Culture-2009.pdf
Red
2005 Château Roc de Candale St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2011 - mobowines wrote:
86 points
Colour: garnet, medium, clear
Aroma intensity: strong
Development: youthful-medium
Aromas (pre-aeration): very strong--cherry, raisins, minerals, slightly spicy
dry; medium body; strong acidity; flavourful intensity; high hard tannins
Flavours (pre-aeration): cherry and spice. so austere and acidic that it's difficult to enjoy any flavours.
Aromas (post-aeration): low-medium--minerals
Flavours (post-aeration): smooth and mild. Tannins are now softer and rounder. cherry, minerals, a bit of spice. Still quite acidic.
Much easier to drink after aeration.
White
9/24/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
89 points
Colour: straw yellow, pale-medium, clear
Aroma intensity: mild
Development: youthful
Aromas (pre-aeration): mushroomy
dry; light; very strong acidity; flavourful intensity
Flavours: dry, grassy, salty, slightly bitter
Very nice! Fresher and lighter than a typical semillon.
Red
8/5/2011 - mobowines wrote:
92 points
Colour: garnet-brick; dark; clear
Aroma intensity: aromatic
Development: youthful
Aromas (pre-aeration): black cherry, spice
(post-aeration): mustier and slightly more aromatic
dry; full-bodied; lively acidity; flavourful-powerful intensity
Tannins: high dry
Flavours: Pre-aeration: jammy fruit--black cherry, raisins, some spice
Post-aeration: same flavours, but much sweeter and fruitier. much better balance for the tannins. delicious.
A huge wine. Aerating vastly improved the experience--added 4 point to my score.

From the winery:
Barrel Aging: 14 months in French oak barrels; 25% was new
Finished Alcohol: 15.4%
Cases Produced: 1050
White
7/22/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
90 points
Colour: yellow
Colour depth: medium
Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: moderate
Development: some age
Aromas: fresh, green, a bit of honey
Dry/sweet: bone dry
Body: medium
Acidity: lively
Flavour intensity: flavourful
Flavours: minerals, greens, asparagus
Excellent balance of flavours and acidity. Not at all fruity.
14.1% alcohol
Red
7/15/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
84 points
Colour: ruby, pale, clear
Aromas: damp, fresh minerals and a bit of cedar. low.
Tannins: medium, soft
Flavours: cherry, raisin.
Extremely light pinot. Preferred it chilled a bit and served like a Beaujolais Nouveau. Not a lot of flavour, but fine with food. If looking for a light red, I would skip this and choose a gamay instead.
White - Off-dry
7/8/2011 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
Colour: greenish-yellow
Colour depth: medium
Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low-moderate
Development: youthful
Aromas: fresh and grassy (smells like a NZ sauvignon blanc)
Dry/sweet: medium sweet
Body: light
Acidity: tart
flavour intensity: flavourful
Flavours: Honey, mango
High acidity, but it's needed here--it's balancing the sweetness reasonably well. The wine is quite sweet, but not at all syrupy. A bit too sweet for me as an apéritif. Paired extremely well with goat cheese. The sweetness causes an aftertaste similar to that of sugary candy or soda. Could be nice with 2-3 years of aging.
12.5% alcohol. Would very much like to know the residual sugar content.
White
6/24/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
86 points
Colour: very pale yellow
Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: moderate
Development: youthful
Aromas: grass, minerals
Dry: dry
Body: light
Acidity: crisp
Flavour itensity: flavourful
Flavours: tart green apple, hint of tangerine, honey, and salt. The acidity is high but fairly well-balanced; if it wasn't so balanced it would have a slightly alcoholic taste.
Not exceptional, but an enjoyable, very well-made wine for the price point. Nice with food. Would buy again, but if I had a choice I would pay the extra ~$4 for the Dr. Frank Dry Riesling over the Salmon Run.
Acid: .84 g/100 ml
PH: 3.07
Residual Sugar: 1.7
Alcohol %: 11.7
Red
6/12/2011 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
colour: garnet
colour depth: deep
clarity: clear
aroma itensity: aromatic
development: youthful
aromas: cola, raisins
dry; medium body; lively acidity; medium round tannins
flavour intensity: flavourful
flavours: black cherry, dark chocolate, a bit of spice
Fruity and flavourful. Not overly complex. Will pair well with food. Drink now.
White
6/3/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
88 points
Colour: straw yellow, pale, clear
Aroma: moderate
Development: youthful
Aromas: grassy; a fresh, simple scent
Dry; light body; lively acidity; flavourful
Flavours: citrus fruits, minerals
Easy to drink and enjoyable.
Red
5/24/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
86 points
Colour hue: garnet
Colour depth: deep
Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: moderate-aromatic
Development: youthful-some age
Aromas: berries, anise, intense minerals
Dry; medium body; lively acidity; high dry tannins
Flavour intensity: powerful
Flavours: black cherry, nutmeg, pepper, allspice
Extremely powerful burst of fruit and spice as it hits the tongue, but with a relatively short finish. Interesting but not a favorite.
White
5/7/2011 - mobowines wrote:
This got lost in my cellar for a few years, and unfortunately 2011 is a few years past its prime.
White
4/29/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
91 points
colour: pale straw yellow
colour depth: clear
aroma intensity: moderate-aromatic
development: youthful
aromas: fresh, slightly citrusy minerals; slight scent of cat pee
bone dry; light-medium body; tart acidity; '
flavour intensity: flavourful/powerful
flavours: spice, apple, grapefruit
A beautiful sauvignon blanc. Not as fruity as the Dashwood sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, but not as austere as a Pouilly-Fumé. Slightly too acidic; otherwise, nearly perfect!
White
4/9/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
86 points
A fresh and fruity pinot grigio. Nothing special, but always consistent and tasty.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Graham Beck Brut Rosé Western Cape Champagne Blend (view label images)
4/15/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
88 points
Colour: salmon
Colour depth: medium
Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: moderate
Development: youthful
Aromas: fresh and fruity, brioche
bone dry/dry; medium body; tart acidity
Flavour intensity: flavour
Flavours: fresh, citrusy
fairly tart; a bit too much acidity
Tons of relatively small bubbles.
51% Pinot Noir, 49% Chardonnay
White
3/25/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
90 points
Colour: pale, straw yellow, clear
Aroma: moderate intensity, youthful
Aromas: fresh, slightly grassy, a bit of yeast
Dry, light, crisp acidity, flavourful
Flavours: grapefruit, grassy minerals, slightly salty, slightly bitter
Very well balanced flavour and acidity. Really enjoying this as an apéritif, and expecting it will pair well with food.
12% alcohol
25 year-old vines. Soil is sandstone and limestone. Preparation: Fermented in stainless steel; aged on the lees for four months before bottling.
Red
3/18/2011 - mobowines wrote:
84 points
Colour: ruby
Colour depth: medium-deep
Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low-moderate
Development: youthful
Aromas: musty, berries
Dry, medium body, lively-crisp acidity
low soft/round tannins
Flavour itensity: moderate
Flavours: berries
Very light and fruity. Relatively sweet. Not a lot here, really; tastes a bit watery. Not unpleasant, but certainly not memorable.
13.5% alcohol
White - Sparkling
2/25/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
89 points
Still love it. Very consistent, easy to drink.
White - Off-dry
3/11/2011 - mobowines wrote:
89 points
Colour: medium yellow, clear
Aroma intensity: low
Development: youthful
Aromas: pear, apple cider,
Medium sweet, light-medium body, tart acidity
Flavourful
Flavours: Apple, slightly citrusy, minerals.
Very high acidity which nicely balances out the sweetness. Just a very slight syrupy feel on the tongue. A charming wine, very enjoyable. Great paired with a goat cheese brie, it really brought out the salty flavour of the cheese.
12% alcohol.

See Terry Theise's catalog for background about the winery and vineyards.
Red
2/18/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
91 points
Colour: deep garnet, clear
Aroma intensity: moderate-aromatic
Development: youthful-some age
Aromas: outdoors
Dry, medium body, soft tannins, crisp acidity
flavourful
Flavours: spicy! Allspice and pepper, red berries
Extremely drinkable, excellent alone or with food. High acidity and nice balance of fruit and spice. Great buy.
14% alcohol; 90% tempranillo and 10% mazuelo grapes
White
2/11/2011 - mobowines wrote:
82 points
Colour: amber; colour depth: deep; clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low; development: some age
Aromas: sweet liquour, anise, turkish delight
Dry; light body; tart-crisp acidity; medium round tannins
Flavour intensity: moderate
Flavours: cherry, melon
A very straightforward, non-complex wine. Unusual, but not interesting from a flavour perspective. Very interesting to compare this to the Mildiani Rkatsiteli as the preparation is incredibly different. I wouldn't recommend it, but I'm glad I tried it.
Background (from the bottle): fermented in Kvevri (clay vessels) and matured in oak. 12.5% alcohol
Lawrence Osborne's article on Georgian wines: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704094304575029040881905752.html
Red
2/4/2011 - mobowines Likes this wine:
86 points
Colours: purplish/ruby; medium; clear
Aroma: low; youthful; earthy
Dry; medium body; lively/smooth tannins; flavourful
Flavours: raspberry, blackberry, sage
Doesn't compare to 2005 M. Chapoutier Cornas Les Arenes consumed two weeks ago, except at the price point--at <$10 this is a steal. Much livelier and less refined than the Cornas. Pairs great with a 12-month aged, raw milk manchego.
Mainly Grenache and Syrah; 13.5% alcohol; vat-aged; grapes from four vineyards
White - Sparkling
1/29/2011 - mobowines wrote:
89 points
Colour: pale straw yellow; clear
Aroma: very low; youthful; minerals, bit of brioche
Very dry; light body; crisp acidity; moderate-flavourful flavour intensity
Flavours: canteloupe, nectarine, hint of pear; slightly salty
Fizzy; many medium-sized bubbles. Nice finish. Quite appealing, a nice balance of dry and fruity. I would like to do a side-by-side comparison of this and Pacific Rim's sparkling riesling.
Red
1/21/2011 - mobowines wrote:
91 points
Colour: dark purplish-ruby
Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: aromatic
Development: youthful-some age
Aromas: spicy, berries, pepper. Slightly smokey
Dry; medium-full to full-bodied; smooth acidity; high round tannins
Flavour intensity: flavourful
Flavours: spices, blackberries
Really enjoyed this. A very nicely made wine.
100% Syrah, 13.5% alcohol
White
1/15/2011 - mobowines wrote:
90 points
Colour hue: gold; depth: deep; clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low to moderate
Development: some age
Aromas: grass, minerals, musty and smoky with a slight undercurrent of dried fruit
bone dry; medium/medium-full body; lively acidity; powerful flavour intensity
Flavours: citrus, honey, minerals. Very dry, somewhat bitter.
Almost overwhelming intensity and flavour. Not my favorite, but clearly a well made wine.

Alcohol: 14.5 % vol.
acidity: 3.9 g/l
residual sugar: 1.6 g/l
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White
1/7/2011 - mobowines wrote:
85 points
Colour: straw yellow; depth: pale; clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: moderate; development: youthful
Aroma: grass, salty, slight bit of musk similar to a Pouilly-Fumé
dry; light body; tart acidity
strong flavour intensity
Flavours: strong flavour of minerals plus tangerine, pear. Quite bitter but fruity.
More similar to a Loire sauvignon blanc than other New Zealand sauvignon blancs that I have tried.

13% alcohol, 3 g/L residual sugar, 7g/L titratable acidity, 3.3 pH
White
1/1/2011 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
Colour: straw yellow; depth: pale; clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: moderate; development: youthful
Aroma: honey, pear
off-dry; light body; crisp acidity
sight dry tannins--has a soft dry feel in the mouth
Moderate flavour intensity
Flavours: pear, grapefruit, slight minerals.
Similar to a German halbtrochen. Pleasant now, but expect that it will be better when aged 2-3 years. Good effort for an American riesling, but not yet up to par with Eroica or Dr. Konstantin Frank. 88 now, expect that it will age to 90 in ~2 years.

11.52% alcohol

From the Efeste website:
pH: 3.17
Yeasts: Vin 13 & RHST
TA (total Acidity): 0.82 g/100ml
Alc/Vol: 11.52%
Residual Sugar: 1.51 g/100ml
Vintage: Stainless steel tank fermented
White
12/19/2010 - mobowines wrote:
85 points
Colour hue: yellow
Colour depth: pale
Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low, youthful
Aromas: minerals
Dry; light body; tart acidity
Flavour intensity: flavourful
Flavours: grapefruit, tangerine, minerals, honey
Medium finish
Dry and tart. Well made but a bit too acidic. Should be pleasant with food. 84-85
Other notes: sur lie; alcohol 12%
White
12/10/2010 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
Colour: straw yellow; clear; pale
Aroma intensity: low
Development: youthful
Aromas: fresh, slightly sweet/sugary
Flavour description: bone dry; very light-light body; crisp-lively acidity
Flavour intensity: moderate-flavourful
Flavours: apple, pear, melon, grass
Very pleasant. Very light; slightly bitter/sour. An alternative to a young New Zealand Sauvingnon Blanc for drinking and food pairings.
Red
11/19/2010 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
A very light Beaujolais Nouveau. Nothing particularly unique about it, but so sweet and fruity that it's almost like drinking sangria. Very enjoyable.
Red
11/5/2010 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
Colour hue: ruby
Colour depth: medium to deep
clarity: clear
Aroma intensity:
moderate to aromatic
Development: some age
Aromas: currants, mossy fall leaves, a bit of spice
dry, medium-full body, smooth
high dry tanins
Flavours: smokey, rich, a bit of spice. Not particularly fruity.
Full flavored and very powerful. Nearly overwhelming on its own, but pairs well with food. I enjoyed it with a sharp, flavorful cheese.
Grape varieties: 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre.
Maturation: 2 years in oak; 50% new oak
alcohol: 13.5%
Red
10/10/2010 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
colour: garnet
colour depth: deep/dark
clarity: slight haze?
aroma intensity: aromatic
development: youthful/some age
aromas: chocolate, fig, smokey/savory scents. Very rich.
bone dry; medium-full body; lively acidity; high round/dry tanins
flavour intensity: flavourful/powerful
flavours: pepper, spices, figs; very rich and spicy
Red
10/1/2010 - mobowines wrote:
87 points
Colour: purple; Colour depth: deep; Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low; Development: youthful/medium
Aromas: spicy
Dry; light to medium body; lively to smooth acidity; moderate flavour intensity; long finish
heavy dry tanins
Flavours: pepper, VERY spicy, bitter berries.
13.5% alcohol.
50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre.
pleasant and drinkable. I wasn't a big fan when I tasted it alone, but I raised my rating by a few points after dinner--it paired very nicely with sun-dried tomato and olive pasta sauce.
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White
9/24/2010 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
colour: clear medium yellow
scent: grass, herbs--sage?, fresh dirt.
Very dry
flavours: minerals, grapefruit/citrus. Tangy, earthy flavour.
acidity: slight.
Tangy, relatively light flavour when chilled, gains more depth when it gets closer to room temperature. Very dry. Almost too dry for me, but overall a nice, refreshing flavour. Better with food.
Red
9/18/2010 - mobowines wrote:
84 points
Colour: garnet; Colour depth: medium; Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: medium; Development: youthful
Aromas: strong and musty
Dry; light to medium body; lively to smooth acidity; moderate flavour intensity; medium finish
medium dry/round tanins
Flavours: cherry, raisin, slight vanilla flavour. slightly bitter.
13.5% alcohol.
Nice inexpensive pinot.
White - Sparkling
8/27/2010 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
Colour: straw yellow; colour depth: medium; clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low; development: youthful
Aromas: minerals, wet rocks, slight brioche scent
bone dry-dry; light-medium body; tart acidity; slight dry tanins; moderate flavour intensity; short-medium finish
Flavours: lime, grapefruit, cherries, a bit of spice. Slightly bitter.
Interesting. Fruity, but in a rich, subtle way. Not my favorite, but interesting and enjoyable.
Lots of large bubbles.
13% alcohol by volume. Aged at least 12 months on the yeast. Unspecified blend of chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot munier.
White
8/13/2010 - mobowines wrote:
91 points
Colour: straw; colour depth: pale; clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: medium; development: youthful
Aromas: grapfruit, tangerine; very sweet and fruity
bone dry-dry; very light-light body; tart-crisp acidity; no tanins; moderate flavour intensity; short-medium finish
Flavours: grapfruit, pear, honey, slight grassy/minerally taste. Dry but not bitter.
I'm not usually a sauvignon blanc fan, but this is delicious--light, fresh, fruity, perfect for summer. Wonderful aroma, too. Love it.
Rosé - Sparkling
8/1/2010 - mobowines wrote:
87 points
Colour: salmon; colour depth: pale-medium; clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low; development: youthful
Aromas: fresh, salty scent
very dry; light body; crisp acidity; low tanins; moderate-flavourful flavour intensity; short finish
Flavours: cherries, black berries
Lots of fizz and lots of large bubbles. Lovely light, fruity flavour. Would be great with seafood, chicken. Also nice alone or with hors d'oeurves. Would buy again.
Grape varietals: Chardonnay: 66%, Chenin: 20%, Mauzac: 10%, Pinot Noir: 4%
Red - Sparkling
7/16/2010 - mobowines wrote:
84 points
Colour: purple; colour depth: deep; clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low to medium; development: youthful
Aromas:
Dry; light body; crisp acidity; low tanins; moderate flavour intensity; short finish
Flavours: cherries, black berries, brioche
Very fizzy with fairly large bubbles that settle down quickly. Basically a textbook Shiraz + carbonation and an extra fruity flavor. Very interesting and pleasant. Tasty with bread and a tangy goat cheese.
White - Sparkling
7/9/2010 - mobowines wrote:
88 points
Colour: straw yellow; colour depth: pale; clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low; development: youthful
Aromas: fresh grass, citrusy
Dry; light body; crisp to tart acidity; moderate to full flavour intensity; medium finish
Flavours: tart apple, pear, grapefruit
Lots of foam and large-ish bubbles. The riesling notes come through and makes this a lighter, tangier alternative to a standard chardonnay or pinot-based sparkling wine. Very easy and fun to drink. Great for a hot summer day.
Red
7/2/2010 - mobowines wrote:
89 points
Colour: straw yellow; Colour depth: medium; Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low; Development: youthful
Aromas: very sweet and floral. Very light scent.
Dry; light body; smooth acidity; moderate to flavorful intensity; medium finish
low dry tanins
Flavours: grass, minerals. A bit of a yeasty or brioche-like taste.
Very interesting, particularly in the contrast between the aroma and the flavours--the wine itself ended up being much fuller than the scent or an initial taste led me to expect, particularly because of the unexpected tanins. Not one I'm going to seek out to drink alone, but it should match beautifully with a wide array of foods.
White - Sparkling
7/1/2010 - mobowines wrote:
84 points
Clear pale yellow
tiny bubbles, but not that many of them
low aroma, youthful
dry, light, crisp acidity
moderate flavor. grass, grapefruit.
Nondescript (hence the 84 rating), but very enjoyable with any type of food. This is like the Honda Civic of sparkling wines--a little boring, but generally pleasant and reliable.
Rosé
6/24/2010 - mobowines wrote:
90 points
Loved this. Very fruity, plum flavors, nice acidity. Great summer wine.
White
10/25/2008 - mobowines wrote:
Colour: straw yellow; Colour depth: pale; Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: moderate; Development: youthful
Off dry; light to medium body; crisp to lively acidity; flavourful; very long finish
Aromas: cat pee
Flavours: strong, slightly bitter and still somewhat fruity. Asapragus? Lots of mineral flavours
Interesting, but I personally didn't like it. Too strong for me.
White
10/3/2008 - mobowines wrote:
Colour: gold; Colour depth: medium; Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: moderate; Development: youthful
Dry; medium body; lively to smooth acidity; flavorful; medium finish
Aromas: orange/citrusy, nutty
Flavours: smooth, flavorful, slightly bitter, dru. Like nutty arugula + bitter apples.
Not my favorite, but interesting. Would pair well with spicier food--mexican?
White
9/20/2008 - mobowines wrote:
Colour: straw yellow; Colour depth: pale to medium; Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low to moderate; Development: youthful
Dry, medium to medium-full body; smooth acidity; low soft tanins; flavourful; long finish
Aromas: Musty, wet woods, mossy, minerals
Flavours: Rich, complex, flowery--drinks like a bouquet. (Not at all vanilla or oakey)
Not my style, but it's interesting, full-bodied, flavorful
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