Tasting Notes for Lijmes

(138 notes on 133 wines)

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White
2/3/2014 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale clear golden straw. Notes of grapefruit and passionfruit, lined with white chalky minerals and a distinctive nose of Marlborough grassiness. Slightly floral secondary aromas, with a tinge of honey. Harmonious blend of primary and secondary aroma. Fresh and crisp on entrance, sweet on the initial palate with a nice lemon-lime acidity. The wine transitions quickly into a smooth, dry medium length finish. The finish also features a touch of grapefruit bitterness that is nice, soft and palatable. Overall a zesty, freshing and well-made wine, good with seafood or to drink on its own.
Red
1/26/2014 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep dark garnet with ruby rim. Nose of dark red cherries, cassis, chocolate wif secondary notes of smokey oak. Mildly sweet on the initial, medium body, dusty medium to firm tannins with an opulent chewy texture. Decently smooth transition, a little vegetal adding character to the wine. Finishes off beautifully with an ultra long, dusty, tannic, chewy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious wine that leaves one yearning for more. A little roughly hewn, but Great value for money.
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White
1/26/2014 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear Pale straw. Nose of Marlborough grassiness and green capsicum; secondary notes of grapefruit with a tinge of passion fruit. Refreshing, medium on palate, lightly sweet yet acidity balances out perfectly with the almost creamy mouthfeel. Transition is moderately smooth with a fair bit of complexity, carrying through to a long semi-dry (with a hint of sweetness), grapefruity finish. A beautiful wine jus slightly rough round the edges however one of great value, well rounded and a great aperitif.
Red
2009 Obsidian Vineyard The Obsidian Waiheke Island Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/25/2014 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Garnet shade with ruby rim. Opulent perfume of tobacco, with lifted notes of cassis & a consistent overtone of plums. Some spicy vanilla oak may be detected, making the nose of the wine outstanding and exquisite. Lightly sweet on entrance, medium body with medium tannin. A complex dusty transition, held together by a good structure from from start to finish. The wine ends off lightly dry, leafy and with a good lengthy finish. Overall a good wine that fulfills the technical criteria. However it lacks a finesse that will make it a great wine.
*Tried it the next day and this wine is gorgeous. The transition has transformed into a silky smooth mouthfeel, full of complexity and elegance. Beautiful finish minus the leafy character detected the day before. This wine needs a fair bit of decanting before consuming.
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Red
1/19/2014 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark garnet with a burgundy hue. Nose of dark red fruits & plum, strong presence of tobacco with nuances of chocolate, blackcurrant and a hint of spicy oak. Light and lively on entrance, beautifully smooth, seamless transition with light tannins. Medium mouthfeel, almost jammy, stopping just short, making the wine savoury with a lip smacking fruitiness. The wine has elegance, gradually building on the body as it moves along. This culminates in a medium length finish, lined with a little vegetal aftertaste. A wine good to drink on its own and goes well with lighter red meats & pasta.
Red
1/14/2014 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Ruby red hue. Aroma of truffles, dark cherries and dark forest fruits. Strong tobacco undertones lined with opulent vanilla oak may be detected. Medium body, with an all round medium to heavy tannic mouthfeel, gradually and smoothly evolving into a rather smooth, savoury, well-rounded and chewy transition. The wine ends off with a lightly vegetal, long and tannic finish. Lovely wine, mid level complexity, best paired with red meats.
White
1/7/2014 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice light golden colour. Dominant nose of minerality with aromas of pear, peach and Secondary notes of lees & guava. Soft and lightly sweet on the initial, light to medium body with a texture that captivates with dance on the palate. The wine has a very balanced acidity, with a slight tinge of peachy freshness as it transitions, culminating in a short, lightly dry, delicious finish. A great wine, best paired with light seafood or great to be drank as an aperitif.
White
1/5/2014 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice Burgundy hue. Dominant nose of pleasant nailpolish, fresh bright cherries with a secondary aroma of strawberries. Lightly sweet on the initial, soft on the palate, light to medium tannin as well as medium body. A smooth refreshing cherry-like transition follows, exhibiting some light vegetal mouthfeel. The wine culminates in a medium length, medium tannin finish. Fabulous wine well worth in value.
White
1/5/2014 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
89 points
Light golden hue. Aroma of oak with a tinge of spice, with secondary nose of pear and melon. Light, refreshing & zesty on the initial, sporting a light tannin. Nice medium body, smoothand complex in transition. The wine ends with a long delicious woody medium length finish. Very well made wine, oaked (unusual for a Sauvignon Blanc) and unique but a tad pricey. Good for celebrations.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
12/29/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep golden brown hue. Dominant floral nose, accompanied with honeysuckle intermingle with citrusy orange peel and marmalade. A tinge of spice may be detected. Sweet, soft and luscious but not cloying, thanks to a bit of cinnamon & star anise on the palette. Nice firm body with a lightly viscous transition. Finish is pleasantly lucious, full of lingering apricot. Lovely dessert wine well worth its value.
Red
12/29/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep garnet with ruby rims. Fresh nose of plum and blackcurrant, with a tinge of sophisticated old world spice and vanilla oak. Soft and lightly sweet on the initial, medium body, smooth and quick transition carried on a firm backbone. Medium bodied, pleasantly vegetal, with dusty tannin. Slight peak in acidity mid palette, ending off with a chewy medium length finish. a wine with fairly strong character that holds its own; however, might be better paired with red meat (not suitable as an aperitif).
Red
12/2/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep garnet colour, lined with a bright red hue. Nose of plum, cassis and dark fruits, exhibiting an undertone of opulent spicy french oak and secondary notes of vanilla. Relatively light with a tinge of sweetness on the initial, quickly overshadowed with a warm spiciness. Medium body with medium to firm dusty tannin, tending towards a rather bitter vegetal palate. The wine however develops well in a mildly smooth, lightly spicy transition, full of cherry flavours and character. This culminates in a lengthy, mildly sweet and vegetal finish, with a slight spike in acidity towards the end. A pretty good wine, best paired with heavier red meats or pasta.
White
10/22/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Typical fresh Marlborough scent, full of grass, fresh green apples with a tinge of citrusy undertones. Light and flighty on the palate, semi sweet, zesty with a slightly tart mouthfeel. A little lively on acidity due to low alcohol content, wine appears a tad watered down in a rather quick transition. Finish is lightly dry, slightly tart with nuances of grapefruit bitterness. Rounds out nicely. Overall a good wine for entry level Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. Great with pasta.
Red
10/22/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
91 points
Milky rusted brown hue, full of suspension. The bottle neck was choked with residue. Decanted for an hour. Primary nose of spicy vanilla oak. Secondary aroma of plum. Medium body, good medium tannin with an opulent balanced mouthfeel. Exceedingly smooth and complex transition, leading to a long nice lightly tannic and leafy finish. The wine is past its prime but still drinks very well. One has to try it to fully appreciate the level of complexity.
Red
10/22/2013 - Lijmes wrote:
84 points
Nice clear plummy ruby hue. Dominant nose of arabica black coffee, with secondary aromas of bramble fruit and American vanilla oak. Mildly sweet on the initial, medium tannin and body with a relatively high level of acidity. Quick straightforward transition that culminates in a cherry mouthfeel, lightly leafy and vegetal quick finish. This is a novelty wine that is rather off kilter wrt to acidity, but a nice conversation starter. Overall still pretty nice.
Red
2011 Devil's Lair The Hidden Cave Cabernet Shiraz Margaret River Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
10/22/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful dark crimson hue, powerful aroma of spice, primarily of white pepper, laced with firm notes of plum, dark cherries & french oak. Further bouquet of bramble fruits (mainly cassis), smokey vanilla chocolate & a tinge of herbs at medium length. An exceptionally well-blended perfume that keeps morphing as it gets exposed to air in a big glass. Soft, light & slightly sweet on entry, remarkably smooth transition to a medium body with savoury light tannin. The wine seems to dance lightly on the palate yet coats the inside of the mouth beautifully. Slightly herbaceous ending that adds character to a long, even and pleasant finish. A wine that is well-balanced, delicious & well worth the price. Good to drink on it's own or for degustation.
Red
9/13/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep crimson red with ruby hue. Dominant nose of cherries, red fruits shrouded in vanilla American oak. An opulent & elegant scent rounds out the senses. Pleasantly sweet on the initial, medium on contact. Effortless blend of ripe dark fruit flavours, fine French oak nuances and very light tannins that makes for a complex and layered palate. Overall an elegant palate that develops a nicely-rounded texturally rewarding mouthfeel. A symphony of absolutely seamless transition and exquisite balance that reaches a crescendo with a full and persistent finish. An exquisite wine, best drunk on its own for one to appreciate its full potential.
White
8/3/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear pale straw hue. Dominant nose of pink guava, apricot and gooseberry. Lightly sweet on the initial, crisp and crunch acidity, slightly floral and pleasantly dry on the palate. Beautiful citrusy transition, leading to a tart medium length grapefruit finish.
Red
8/3/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice clear burgundy hue, refined farmyard aromas, bright bouquet of red cherries, cassis lined with light american vanilla oak. Lightly sweet on the initial, medium body, light to medium tannin, smooth complex transition culminating in a full long opulent lightly vegetal finish.
White
8/3/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Golden straw colour. Instant bouquet of apple blossoms and peach, crispy clean on the nose with a hint of spice. Secondary notes of minerality can be detected. Smooth and crisp on palate, nice firm limestone minerality, delicious medium body, lined with a mildly sweet yet bitter citrusy grapefruit mouthfeel. Elegant and austere throughout with a well-rounded finish that is simple and clean. Overall a classy wine, exception for degustation.
Red
7/25/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep dark garnet with a raspberry red rim. Bright notes of cherry, spicy oak lined with vanilla and peppermint. Light and smooth on the initial, medium body and weight with dusty medium tannin. Smooth balanced transition, a tad leafy, leading to a lightly tart, slightly acidic finish. The wine goes well with red meats and even chocolate. A well-balanced nicely rounded wine, full of potential, and well worth the money.
White
7/25/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
91 points
Greenish golden hue. Refreshing and crisp on the nose, predominantly grassy and floral, lined with a tinge of citrus and slight bit of roasted nuts. Lightly sweet on the initial, crisp yet medium weight, crunchy balanced acidity. Nice smooth and clean transition, wrought with complexity, leading to a semi-dry, mouthwatering long finish. Excellent example of a top Margaret River pedigree.
Red
7/17/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep dark hue. Opulent aroma of spicy French oak with undertone of dark cherries, secondary nose of vanilla and plum. Lightly sweet on the initial, medium to full body, quickly developing a complex character. Firm tannins, nice acidity, provides a supple smooth mouthfeel yet fine intensity. A cherry filled transition, leading into an ultra long, tannic finish. Beautifully balanced wine, very delicious and punches well above its weight.
Red
2008 Château Preuillac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/17/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
86 points
Deep dark crimson red. Smokey nose of spicy French oak, lined with dark cherries and liquorice, with a tinge of plum. Nicely smooth yet light on the initial, light to medium body developing firm tannins. Watered down transition as the body dies down. Long powerful and tannic finish, with slight cherry aftertaste. Pretty nice wine that could surely do with more bodyduring transition. Tannin stands out a little, could do with a few more years of aging. Overall a nice wine, good for degustation.
Red
7/17/2013 - Lijmes wrote:
82 points
Bright clear raspberry red. Aroma of fresh strawberries underlying nose of fresh red cherries & raspberries. Refreshing on the initial, dry firm tannin, medium weight that transitions with a crunchy acidity. The wine ends off with a clean & crisp, long dry finish. The wine tends to have definite seams, but not overly so. Appears to be a powerful wine, lacking complexity. Overall a pretty decent wine for the price.
White
7/17/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear golden hue. Notes of peach, mostly floral, lined with limestone and petroleum. Nice, smooth & pleasantly sweet on the initial. Weighty on the palate, full bodied mouthfeel, nice balanced acidity in transition, leading to a short, floral yet grassy finish. Fabulous Kabinett riesling good for degustation weith seafood or drinking on its own.
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White
7/17/2013 - Lijmes wrote:
83 points
Golden straw colour. Dominant nose of pear and passionfruit. There exists some toastiness lined with a tinge of minerality. Light and mildly sweet on the initial, light body, smooth on the palate, mildly dry. Straightforward and quick transition, lacks a level of complexity, leading to a long semi-dry lingering finish, The backend acidity albeit mild, seems a tad off kilter.
Red
6/16/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark deep purple hue. Beautiful scent of deep dark cherries, bramble fruits and spice with an opulent french-oak secondary note. Light on entrance, lightly sweet on the initial, medium to firm tannins. Nicely coats ones palate, transitioning with a well rounded, nicely balanced yet slightly acidic mouthfeel. Finishes off slightly tart with a nicely tannic long finish. Overall a delicious wine fit for any occasion.
Red
2006 Blason D'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/16/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep garnet red, beautiful nose of dark cherry, tobacco french oak with a lining of chocolate. Notes of leather can be detected at medium length. Soft & sweet on the initial, firm tannin, quick sharp yet smooth transition into a sophisticated, semi-dry palatte. Slight hint of vegetal. Tannic finish that is rich, long and delicious.
Red
6/16/2013 - Lijmes wrote:
87 points
Dark clear purple hue, medium legs. Opulent aroma of dark cherries, powerful scent of spicy oak. Soft on the initial, medium body with a dusty firm tannin. Quick smooth transition leading to a rather off kilter mouthfeel. Imbalanced acidity, slightly tannic and vegetal in its finish. Overall an easy drinking wine, promising nose, underdelivered in its palate. Could do with a couple more years of aging. Many tiny unrefined points culminate in the overall letdown.
Red
6/16/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep crimson purple-red. Nose of fresh cherries, musk of tobacco in combination with plum, lined with a bouquet of floral scent. Light & sweet on the initial, quickly developing firm dusty tannins, a big full-bodied wine that generously coats the palate. Fine, powdery mouthfeel, smooth transition, leading to a nice, long, firmly tannic finish. A big & delicious wine, lacking a level of finesse due to an overwhelmingly powerful character. Could do with a couple more years of cellaring; a fabulous wine nontheless.
Red
6/5/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
85 points
Clear light burgundy hue. Pleasant notes of fresh ripe cherries and nail polish. Light and sweet on the initial, light to medium body, light tannins developing a mild character. Some notes of sweet cherry on the palate as it smoothly transitions, culminating in a mild, tannic & long finish. Overall a delicious, easy-drinking wine.
Red
2011 Rongopai Merlot Cabernet Gimblett Gravels Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/4/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
84 points
Plummy red straddling purple and ruby. Nose of bright cherries, blackcurrant & a hint of minerality. Further notes of oakiness, with a slight hint of young leather. Lightly sweet and neutral on the palate. Slightly hot medium mouthfeel with medium tannins. Transition is slightly dirty, ending in a lightly leafy finish that is long-lasting and pleasant. The wine is very good value for money.
Red
5/29/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear ruby red. Notes of plum, dark red cherries, bramble fruits, blackcurrant with undertones of spicy oak. Sweetness on the initial, lingering notes of strawberry, light body & tannin, well rounded transition, lightly coating one's mouth with a silky smooth texture. Medium length, lightly sweet and beautifully yet lightly tannic finish. Once again an delightfully easy drinking wine, very well worth the money.
Red
5/18/2013 - Lijmes Does not like this wine:
80 points
Dark violet hue, earthy on the nose. Dominant nose of smokey American oak, with undertones of currant and cherries developing at medium length. Soft and weak on the initial, light to medium tannin with a very watered down palate. Smooth texture, flat-line transition, off kilter acidity with no character what-so-ever. Slightly acidic, vegetal finish. Unremarkable with no particularly distinct characteristics.
White
5/18/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear almost colourless wine. Strong aroma of Marlborough grassiness, passionfruit, with some pineapple at medium length. Light and slightly sweet on the initial, nice refreshing palate, transitions with a lightly sharp acidity. Slightly dry, short refreshing finish. Pretty straightforward, a nice wine to drink on its own or with chicken.
Red
2011 Sula Vineyards Cabernet-Shiraz Nashik Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
5/18/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
87 points
Clear deep crimson hue, dominant nose of red cherries, blackcurrant, and branble fruits. Further nose of plum and secondary notes of Indian spices may be detected. Smooth & light, neutral initial palate, encompassing light to medium tannin. Interesting development of a lightly sweet, a little spicy yet rather quick transition. Short woody finish that is slightly tannic & vegetal, but perfectly nice and easy to drink. Surprisingly good for a table wine from the Indian sub-continent.
White
5/18/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Golden clear hue, initial nose of apple and peach. Further notes of toasty vanilla. Light and softly sweet on the initial, layered with an almost balsamic acidity. Straightforward transition, not much character, culminating in a short, uninteresting finish/Upon half day's decanting, lively burst of tropical fruits, primarily green apple, pear & melon with sidenotes of peach and a light toastiness . Nice full body, creamy texture with a balanced acidity. Achieves a nice tension between its sweetness that is accented by a light dry finish that keeps one coming back for more.
Red
5/10/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
87 points
Clear ruby, notes of strawberries, bright cherries, underline with a tinge of spice, farmyard and woodiness. Soft and sweet on the initial, light body & tannin, easy smooth transition, with just enough character, culminating in a nicely balanced, delicious & refreshing yet short finish. A wine of great value & extreme drinkability. Reminds one of a refreshing rose. Great wine as an aperitif!
White
4/20/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Beautiful clear diamond yellow glint. Primary notes of nut & brioche. Sweet on the initial, slightly spritzy on the palate. Nice medium to full body with a good weight, clean transition, that sports some minerality. Very forward with no holds, flavoursome palate that finishes crisp and dry. Good wine as an aperitif or with asian cuisines.
Red
4/17/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
85 points
Powerful bouquet of cherry and plums, strong backbone of vanilla oak, layered with rich aroma of spices & cedar wood. Medium body with firm tannins, albeit light on the palate, with slight hotness on the tail-end . Slightly sweet throughout the palate, supple structure with an unrefined transition and a long finish.
White
4/11/2013 - Lijmes Does not like this wine:
80 points
Some visible residue, though clear. Notes of Indian spice is evident, lined with further notes of bell peppers and grass. Sweet on the initial, rather quick & unremarkable transition leading to a slightly herbaceous short finish.
Red
2009 Château du Procureur Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark crimson red, clear through. Notes of bright red cherries & plum, lined with a firm backing of spicy french oak. Vanilla at medium length. Sophisticated aroma that manages to be opulent, gentle and nuanced all at the same time. Lightly sweet on the initial, medium body with light to medium tannin. Excellent, seamless transition, exhibits much austerity & character without much complexity. Medium finish with a tinge of vegetal aftertaste, that remains pleasant. An easy drinking wine well worth its value.
White
4/11/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Primary notes of toast lined with a discernible Marlborough grassiness, almost buttery. Rather muted, no other distinctive characteristics with regards to nose. Nice buttery mouthfeel, akin to a chardonnay. Punchy taste with slight sweetness on the initial, although it transitions unremarkably, and feels rather watered down. Nice smooth finish on the palate, good overall quality...albeit underperforming in certain aspects.
Red
2009 Château du Ballandreau Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2013 - Lijmes wrote:
84 points
Dark Ruby. Fresh scent of red cherry, plum, spicy french oak. Slightly smokey with a pleasant tinge of earth. Medium body, medium to heavy tannin. Vegetal palate (though not entirely unpleasant) that leads into a similar long finish. Straightforward transition tending towards heavy tannin at the end. There's no particular characteristic that stands out, although this is a good everyday (table) wine.
White
4/10/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
91 points
Clean & clear, slight straw tinge, almost colourless. Refreshing burst of Marlborough grassiness, strong nose lemon-lime zest & grapefruit that concludes with a dominant aroma of guava at medium length. Light yet citrusy on the initial, sharp acidity that leads into a bitter-lime transition. Clean & refreshing on the palate, leading to a nice medium length crisp finish. Notes of grapefruit & guava may be detected throughout. Beautiful sauvignon blan, good to drink young and on its own.
White
4/10/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
88 points
Beautiful clear golden hue, nose of honey & spice. Little residual aromas of oak chips may be detected. Consistency of honey water, light ot medium acidity, medium body with a nice balance. A slight bit herbaceous in its medium, slightly acidic finish. Not exceedingly interesting, yet not a wine that can do any wrong. Overall a nicely balanced wine, good for degustation.
White - Off-dry
1/10/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale straw, almost colourless. Vibrant nose of passionfruit with bold undertones of the signature marlborough grassiness. Further aroma of mango and guava, with slight herbaceousness. Refreshingly light on entrance, with an uncharacteristic yet delicious creaminess on the palate. Beautiful blend that is the result of zesty acidity reined in by a dry finish in just the right amount. Beautifully balanced wine with a memorable medium length finish.
Red
2011 Devil's Lair Hidden Cave Margaret River Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
3/10/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
90 points
Beautiful dark crimson hue, powerful aroma of spice, primarily of white pepper, laced with firm notes of plum, dark cherries & french oak. Further bouquet of bramble fruits (mainly cassis), smokey vanilla chocolate & a tinge of herbs at medium length. An exceptionally well-blended perfume that keeps morphing as it gets exposed to air in a big glass. Soft, light & slightly sweet on entry, remarkably smooth transition to a medium body with savoury light tannin. The wine seems to dance lightly on the palate yet coats the inside of the mouth beautifully. Slightly herbaceous ending that adds character to a long, even and pleasant finish. A wine that is well-balanced, delicious & well worth the price. Good to drink on it's own or for degustation.
Red
3/1/2013 - Lijmes Likes this wine:
86 points
Clear burgundy colour, elegant perfume of spice, dominanted by a nose earthy minerality. Further notes of bramble fruits. Light on initial, with quick transition to a fuller bodied, medium tannin wine. Wine tastes fairly fruity, with a nice balance of dryness. Long, slightly vegetal & lightly tannic finish. An elegant wine with fair amount of complexity, yet easy to appreciate. Good wine for degustation.
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