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Visiting Nicholson Ranch Vineyards

Posted by Gabe on October 30, 2008

One of my first stops this week after the Wine Bloggers Conference concluded was Nicholson Ranch Vineyards. I’d had a couple of their wines previously, but had never been to the tasting room. They really straddle the line over at Nicholson, and I don’t mean their wine. They’re situated in Carneros, right on the appellation line really, in Sonoma, but not very far from Napa.

Not surprisingly for a Carneros based producer, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are at the heart of their operation. Their 2006 Estate Chardonnay was the first wine I tasted and it featured lots of ripe fruit, good balance, acidity and a spicy finish. Next I went though three Pinot Noirs. Pinot was the varietal that first attracted me to Nicholson. The Russian River, Estate and Sonoma Coast were all from the 2006 vintage. My preference leaned towards the Estate Pinot which featured dark, brooding fruit as well as some smoke and spice on the finish. The Sonoma Coast is quite nice as well but seems like it needs a bit more time to fully resolve itself and shine.

Once I had tasted through the Burgundian selections I tried a few other offerings. A 2004 Estate Syrah featured tobacco, leather and dark fruit in the nose. Nutmeg and continued dark fruit notes filled the palate which led into a brambly, earthy finish. This Syrah turned out to be quite indicative of the examples of the varietal I’m finding on this trip. That is, they are often well balanced, earthy and reminiscent of their Rhone counterparts.

The last wine I sampled at Nicholson was a 2005 Estate Merlot. Black Cherry notes were the most prominent characteristic of this offering. At 3 years of age it’s still a very youthful wine with a solid structure. It’s tasty now but will definitely benefit from cellaring.

Wine wise the 2004 Syrah was my favorite of the selections tasted at Nicholson Ranch. It has a $40 price-point and delivers plenty of complexity, pleasure and potential age-ability to justify that cost.

The tasting room at Nicholson Ranch Vineyards is a bright, cheery place to visit. The staff is friendly, eager to please and knowledgeable about the wines. Most importantly though, they feature well made wines. This a good stop, recommended for those looking for a spot to hit in the Carneros region.

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Visiting Palmaz Vineyards

Posted by Gabe on October 29, 2008

There are many pleasures to be had when visiting a wine region. Tasting wine is certainly one of the big ones. Interacting with and getting to know people at a winery who work in some aspect of the operation is another. For me, having travelled to Napa & Sonoma many times, the discovery of a new winery often stands at the top of the heap in terms of wine country excitement. So I listened intently when Palmaz Vineyards was recommended to me as a must visit. After looking them up, I made an appointment.

When I arrived at Palmaz Vineyards I was greeted by Florencia Palmaz who founded the winery along with her parents and brother. Florencia gave me a tour of their facility which is situated mostly underground in the side of a mountain. It was built this way to maximize vineyard space which is somewhat scarce within the rough terrain of the Palmaz Vineyards property relative to the overall size. The site had been a winery many years ago but lay fallow after prohibition.

After the tour, which included information about all aspects of the winery and the history of the vineyard site, Florencia and I tasted through their wines. While Cabernet Sauvignon is their bread and butter, we also went through several small production offerings that don’t reach distribution.

Riesling was the first wine we went through. It’s color was lovely with a very pale, almost white hue. This is a dry wine that makes an appealing choice to serve at the beginning of a meal or with light appetizers. It’s nose is effusive and really leaps from the glass.

Chardonnay was next up and it truly hit my sweet spot for this varietal. While also light in color, it’s incredibly rich in flavor. Oak treatment is barely apparent and provides some added complexity, but never intrudes. The finish is lengthy enough to be impressive with mineral notes as the highlight.

Cabernet Sauvignon is their benchmark wine and I tasted four consecutive vintages of their trademark release. 2002, 2003, 2004 and the about to be released 2005 were the years I sampled. There was a connective tissue of style linking them all together. Elegance, grace, richness and restraint are all characteristics that come to mind. Each wine was well balanced and clearly has the ability to age. The not yet released 2005 showed a much richer and fuller palate than many of the other 2005 Cabernet’s I’ve sampled so far on this trip. So many of the 2005’s I’ve tasted are softer in style with less richness than their respective wineries previous vintages. The Palmaz is just as rich if not more so than their previous vintages and may well prove to be the best of the four I tasted.

All of the Cabernet’s above are Bordeaux style blends. Florencia also poured the limited Gaston Cabernet Sauvignon for me. This is a 100% varietal wine limited to under 400 cases. While it’s not quite as complex as the flagship wine, it’s not meant to be. Instead it’s an expression of their best Cabernet Lots from 2002. In that regard it’s a fascinating look at a place and time for Cabernet Sauvingon.

Palmaz Vineyards also makes a Cedar Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon. This was the name of the original winery on the site. As an homage to their predecessors this wine bears the original Cedar Knoll logo and a photo of the founder. This was a solid Cabernet Sauvignon and may well be an entry point to the winery for some folks.

The last wine I tasted was a Muscat Canelli dessert wine. This offering features a huge nose and a much lighter touch across the palate than most dessert wines. It has sweetness but in a very restrained manner. It certainly stands apart from most other dessert wines with it’s gentle touch.

Across the board, the wines of Palmaz Vineyards are impressive. In addition to that, the hospitality of the Palmaz family which I experienced by spending well over 3 hours with Florenica is beyond reproach. If you’re visiting Napa Valley, I urge you to do yourself a favor and schedule a tour and tasting at Palmaz Vineyards. The wines are terrific and the experience is filled with a personal touch not every winery provides.

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Bella Vineyards – Two 2006 Zinfandels

Posted by Gabe on October 22, 2008

Today the 12 Days of Zin returns for another stop in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. There are many regions in California that make top shelf Zinfandel. Some of them turn out Zinfandel as good as those from the Dry Creek Region. It’s hard to argue though that any region is consistently turning out better Zins than the best of what Dry Creek has to offer. Today I’ll be looking at two releases from Bella Vineyards. Bella is a small family run operation situated right in the middle of the Dry Creek Valley. While they make several other releases, Zinfandel is at the heart of what they do.

The 2006 Bella Vineyards Two Patch Zinfandel is 100% varietal with the fruit being sourced from two vineyard sites in the Alexander Valley. One vineyard features century old vines while the other features vines over 50 years in age. This Zin was aged for fourteen months in a combination of French and American oak. 800 cases of this offering were produced and the suggested retail price is $35.

The Two Patch Zinfandel from Bella Vineyards shows at it’s best right now after a solid hour in the decanter. Once it does open up the nose is filled with plum, fig and a potpourri of spice notes. The palate is loaded with blackberry jam and mocha notes throughout. A ton of nutmeg and pie crust spice notes come out on the finish along with plenty of earth as well as mineral notes. That finish is long, lingering and quite expressive. Good acidity and excellent balance stand out, making this an excellent accompaniment for a wide range of foods. After this Zinfandel had been open for a full 24 hours I tasted it again. Not only had it held up, but it had improved markedly from the day before.

The Bella Vineyards 2006 Lilly Hill Estate Zinfandel is 85% varietal and 15% Syrah. All of the fruit is from Dry Creek Valley. The wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak for 16 months. Approximately 20% of the barrels were new. This is a limited production Zinfandel with a suggested retail price of $36.

The Lilly Hill Estate Zinfandel is a bit more immediately accessible at the moment than the Two Patch. That said an hour in the decanter still does wonders to nudge along this wines expressive nature. Dark fruits such as plum and blackberry dominate this Zinfandels nose. Baker’s chocolate, dry blackberry fruit and vanilla spice notes fill the palate of this wine. This Zin is rich and full throughout with tremendous mouth feel, good acidity and impeccable balance. The excellent, persistent finish lingers for a substantial length of time with sweet berry and light earth notes starring. While this wine is drinking well now I’d expect it to improve over the next 3-5 years and drink well for several more after that.

Both of these Zinfandels from Bella Vineyards are very impressive. They showcase the best of what Sonoma County Zin can offer. They do so for reasonable prices compared to the quality and longevity they offer.

Next month I’ll be looking at two more Zinfandels from Bella Vineyards. Based on the quality of these two, my mouth is already watering.

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Lolonis Winery – 2 Zinfandels

Posted by Gabe on October 19, 2008

The 12 Days of Zin stops in the Redwood Valley of California today. It’s there that Lolonis Winery & Vineyards have been since the early 1920’s. I’ve looked at several Zinfandels from Mendocino during the 12 Days of Zin. By and large they’ve been well made, good values. So I was looking forward to seeing what Lolonis had to offer along those lines. I’ll be looking at two of their Zins today.

The 2005 Lolonis Redwood Valley Zinfandel is 100% varietal. The fruit was sourced from 40 year old organically grown vines.  It was aged in a combination of French and American oak. 4,000 cases of this Zin were produced and the suggested retail price is $18.

Strawberries, plum, cedar and vanilla notes come out in droves from this wines nose. The plate features fresh lively fruit flavors. Cherry is amongst the most prominent of these. Spice notes abound from the mid-palate through to the smooth, appealing finish which also features some subtle earthiness. This wine features excellent acidity and nice balance. I found it to be a good match for a dish of pasta with meat sauce.

The second offering from Lolonis is the 2005 Heritage Vineyards Tryfon Zinfandel. The fruit is sourced from dry farmed vines planted in 1920 by Patriarch Tryfon Lolonis. This wine is 100% Zinfandel and was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels. 800 cases of this offering were produced and the suggested retail price is $28.

Aromas of dry raspberry, vanilla and cedar will the nose of this wine along with a subtle underpinning of wild strawberry. Rich red raspberry fruit along with white pepper notes are the main and most prominent features of the wines palate.  It’s a lush, concentrated and complex wine throughout featuring an impressive array of layers. Mocha notes emerge on the finish along with dried fruit characteristics, earth, and bramble that becomes more prominent as it has a chance to open up. The Tryfon Zinfandel has tremendous acidity and excellent balance. This is truly, a food wine in the best sense of that term. This will marry with a wide array of cuisine and not overwhelm it.

Both Zins from Lolonis proved to be fine examples of the varietal from Mendocino. They’re good values in their respective price points. The Tryfon in particular overdelivers on it’s $28 retail price by a very wide margin. What I like most about the 2 Lolonis Zins is their abaility to marry well with food, complementing what I was eating and never overshadowing it.  

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Gnarly Head – Two Zinfandels

Posted by Gabe on October 15, 2008

Today the 12 Days of Zin is making stops in both Lodi and Sonoma. Lodi California is well known by those who love robust Zinfandel as an appellation that has many true old vine vineyards. Lodi also happens to be an area that produces a lot of wines that often find their way onto best buy lists. Sonoma is an area the 12 Days of Zin has returned to several times as it’s the home of an incredible number of great Zins. The producer I’m looking at right now is Gnarly Head. They make wines that are modestly priced and widely available. The question will be what you can get for the money they are charging.

The Gnarly Head 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel is sourced from vines with 35-80 years of age on them. The vines are head trained and sustainably farmed. 100,000 cases of this offering were produced and the suggested retail price is $11.99

Plum, vanilla and light cedar notes fill the nose of this wine. Cherry and red raspberry are prominent throughout the palate and underscored by subtler but present spice notes. The finish continues the rich jam-laden berry fruit notes characteristic of Zinfandel from the Lodi appellation. This is a smooth, pretty well balanced Zin with good acidity.

The bottom line for me on the 2006 Gnarly Head Zinfandel is that it retails for $11.99 and is often available for closer to $9. For that price it not only provides bang for the buck, it also features more than sufficient varietal character. Add its wide availability to the equation and it’s clear this is exactly the sort of wine you’ll feel great about opening on a Tuesday night with pizza.

The second wine from Gnarly Head I’m looking at today is the 2005 Gnarlier Head Zinfandel. Fruit for this selection was sourced from Sommer’s Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. This wine spent 14 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. 30% of it being new. 4,200 cases of this Zin were produced and the suggested retail price is $19.99.

Blueberry, raspberry, eucalyptus, cedar, and vanilla notes dominate the nose of this single vineyard offering. The palate is filled with many of the classic elements of Dry Creek Zinfandel. Rich berry fruit, alongside dust and earthy bramble make for a mouth filling wine. Mocha notes emerge on the finish and they become more prominent as the wine has a chance to open up. Spice notes are also prominent from the mid-palate through the finish. This is a terrifically well balanced wine. It’ll go best with ribs, wild mushroom based dishes or a Paella.

The Gnarlier Head Zin retails for a few dollars more and is available in the mid-teens. For those extra dollars you get a more refined, complex wine that will also lay down in your cellar, improving for a couple of years and drinking well until at least 2011.

Both of these efforts from Gnarly Head are worth picking up. The Old Vines Zin is a contender for a house wine you can purchases by the case considering its reasonable price and adaptability with food. The Gnarlier Head is a sleeper purchase that you’ll be glad you have a couple of bottles of tucked away considering it’s also priced pretty modestly.

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Carol Shelton Wines – Three 2005 Zinfandels

Posted by Gabe on October 14, 2008

Today’s stop for the 12 Days of Zin takes me back to a Sonoma County Winery. Carol Shelton the winemaker and co-owner of Carol Shelton Wines spent 20 years at Windsor Vineyards making well regarded, award wining wines. In 2000 she decided to focus on her own wines. Not surprisingly she decided to focus on her long time passion for Zinfandel. Today I’ll look at three of her Zin releases. While she is a Sonoma based vintner, she sources fruit from numerous regions in California to produce a broad range of wine.

 

The 2005 Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel is 90% varietal and 10% Carignane. The fruit for this selection was sourced from the Cox Vineyard in Mendocino County. Cox Vineyard is an organically grown, Old Vines vineyard planted in 1956. 1935 cases of this wine were produced and the suggested retail price is $28.

 

Red and black raspberry, along with vanilla and cedar fill the nose of this wine. Cherry notes along with continued raspberry fill the palate of this wine which is rich and round but also well proportioned and never over the top. This is a smooth, lush Zinfandel that drinks easily. The finish has black pepper, a touch of bramble and goes on for awhile. The hallmarks of Mendocino fruit show up in this well made Zinfandel. I paired it with a dish of Pasta in Bolognese sauce and found it to match that perfectly.

 

The 2005 Carol Shelton Monga Zin is 100% varietal. The fruit was sourced from the Lopez Vineyard in Cucamonga Valley. This is an old vine vineyard planted in 1918. The wine was aged in a combination of new and older French and American oak barrels for 13 months. 1,230 cases of this wine were produced and the suggested retail price is $21.

 

An avalanche of red raspberry fruit emerges from the nose once this Zin has had a chance to breathe. It’s a bit tight at first and a solid hour in the decanter is highly recommended. Raspberry notes, accompanied by cherry and nutmeg spice emerge through the palate of this wine which is big, rich, mouth-filling and opulent. There’s nothing small or mellow about this selection. The immense fruit continues through the finish which also features emerging mocha notes. Despite its size the wine features fine structure and acidity. It’ll be an excellent match for braised short ribs, osso bucco or other similarly hearty cuisine.

 

The 2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Zinfandel is 100% varietal. The fruit was sourced at the Florence Vineyard in Rockpile, Dry Creek Valley. The wine was aged for 13 months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels of varying ages. 698 cases of this Zin were produced and the suggested retail price is $33.

 

As with the Monga Zin, the Rocky Reserve needs some time in the decanter to really shine. Once it opens up, blueberry, blackberry and subtle strawberry notes emerge in the nose underscored by vanilla. The palate is filled with dark fruit flavors accompanied by black pepper and pie crust spices. The finish has emerging bakers chocolate notes interspersed with white pepper and hints of dusty earth. Solid structure and good acidity are even more pronounced in the Rocky Reserve Zin than the others. An excellent match for a double cut pork chop or other grilled meats.

 

The hallmark of the Carol Shelton Zinfandels is quality and distinction. Each of these wines is well made and indicative of where its fruit was sourced. All three are enjoyable to drink now, but each will improve for a couple of years and drink well for several more after that. Without question, these are Zins to seek out.

 

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Sobon Estate – 3 2006 Zinfandels

Posted by Gabe on October 12, 2008

Today, the 12 Days of Zin stops in Amador County. Without question, it’s Zinfandel that the folks in Amador County are best know for producing. That’s not to say they don’t make some other varietals very well, because they do. But Zinfandel is their calling card to the wine world. Sobon Estate was founded in 1989, but the family has a history in Amador dating back over 30 years. They make an array of wines, including quite a few Zinfandels. Today I’ll look at three of their Zinfandel releases.

The 2006 Sobon Estate Old Vines Zinfandel is 90% varietal. Barbera (6%), Syrah (2%), and Sangiovese (2%) are also blended in. This wine was aged in a combination of older French and American oak. 11,000 cases of this release were produced and the suggested retail price is $13.95

This wines nose is full of jammy berry fruit and a touch of Cinnamon that emerges more prominently as the wine opens up. The palate leans towards intense dry fruit and berry flavors that are very rich and concentrated. The finish has a touch of sour cherry along with black pepper and earth that emerges as it opens up. While full of jam fruit this wine has good acidity and will pair well with ribs and other BBQ items. For a price point under $15 and wide availability this is the sort of Zin to consider grabbing a case of as it a good value and a crowd pleaser that you won’t mind opening any night of the week.

The 2006 Sobon Estate Rocky Top Zinfandel is 92% varietal with the balance comprised of Petite Sirah (4%), Carignane (2%) and Barbera (2%). The fruit for this selection is 100% organic and from their Estate Vineyards. 4,050 cases of this Zin were made and the suggested retail price is $17.

Cedar and vanilla notes lead the nose followed by dark and light berry fruit notes. Cherry, both red and black, is the most dominate fruit through the palate of this Zin. The mid-palate features some black tea notes that linger and carry through to the finish which has black pepper and a ton of spice in general along with tobacco notes, continued cherry and a touch of bramble. This Zinfandel has good acidity and balance. While it’s pleasing out of the bottle, a solid hour in the decanter at this point in it’s evolution is recommended to get this wine to show at its best. It drinks well on its own but will be best served by matching it with hearty, full flavored cuisine.

The 2006 Sobon Estate Hillside Zinfandel is widely available for close to $10. As with the other Zins from Sobon I’m looking at today it’s finished with a screw top closure.

The nose of this Zinfandel bursts out of the glass with fresh red berry pie notes accompanied by an undercurrent of vanilla and nutmeg spice. Berry compote along with spice and light earth emerges throughout the palate of this offering. The finish features some wild strawberry notes along with continued spice and vanilla notes. This a fruity, concentrated wine that’s quite lovely. It belies its price-point providing truly spectacular value. As with the other Sobon Zins it certainly benefits from decanting. This is a balanced wine with good acidity. It’ll pair nicely with a burger, mushroom based dishes or strong cheeses.

The Sobon Estate wines I’ve looked at today have several hallmarks. They are well balanced, with concentrated, rich flavors. And without exception they are excellent values within their price points. These wines are generally available, I highly recommend picking them up and experiencing the excellent things the Sobon family is doing with Zinfandel.

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Quivira – 2006 Wine Creek Ranch Zinfandel

Posted by Gabe on October 9, 2008

The first stop today during the 12 Days of Zin is in Dry Creek Valley. Quivira has been around since 1981 but has undergone quite a few changes in recent years. In addition to new ownership and wine making teams they’re now a Bio-dynamic and Organic winery. Since 2005 all of their power needs have been supplied by a solar electric system. They produce an array of different wines, including three different Zinfandels. Today I’ll look at their Wine Creek Ranch Zinfandel.

The Quivira 2006 Home Creek Ranch is 100% varietal. It was aged for 10 Months in French oak (20% of it new.) Less than 1,000 cases of this wine were produced and the suggested retail price is $34.

Vanilla plum, cedar and eucalyptus lead the nose of this Zinfandel. The palate is full of dark berry and plum pudding notes with a persistent undercurrent of dark chocolate underpinning everything. The lingering finish features hints of white pepper, nutmeg and earthy bramble. Good acidity and firm tannins provide a well structured wine that’s approachable and well balanced. Red meats and wild mushroom based dished are both safe bets to pair with this wine.

What I like best about the Quivira Wine Creek Ranch Zinfandel is that it’s accessible enough to drink now, but structured enough to improve over the next few years and drink well for several more after that. A fine example of Dry Creek Zinfandel.

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Collier Falls – 2004 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Posted by Gabe on October 8, 2008

The second stop today takes the 12 Days of Zin back to Dry Creek Valley. A tremendous number of well made Zinfandels emerge from this region each year and they have been for a long time. The selection I’m looking at now is from Collier Falls Vineyards. They’re a family owned winery on 100 acres in the extreme northwest of Dry Creek Valley. In addition to Zinfandel which is one of their signature wines, they also produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo and Petite Sirah.

The 2004 Collier Falls Vineyards Zinfandel is 100% varietal. The wine was aged for 15 months in French and American oak with 37% of it being new. 1,100 cases of this wine were produced and the suggested retail price is $30.

Strawberries, plum and cherry notes emerge in the nose along with light but present vanilla. The palate features lots of exuberant but balanced jam berry fruit accompanied by blueberry pie crust notes. This Zin is persistently fruity, full, lush and rich throughout. The finish has dust, earth dried fruit notes and bramble along with some mineral that linger. This wine has good acidity and is nicely balanced. It’s built for food and will complement a variety of foods well. A burger or steak fajitas are just a couple of the options that come to mind.

What I like best about this Zinfandel is that it’s full of concentrated, intense and persistent fruit notes that impress with both their power and their restraint. The four years of age this Zin has on it now has certainly helped make this a wine that is ready to go. Enjoy it now and for the next 5 years or so. A classic example of Dry Creek Zinfandel.

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Titus Vineyards – 2006 Napa Valley Zinfandel

Posted by Gabe on October 8, 2008

The first stop today during the 12 Days of Zin is Napa Valley. While a wide array of wines are made in Napa, many of them well Cabernet Sauvignon is the undisputed King of the Valley. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on the other varietals that do so well there. Zinfandel is one of those varietals. The ones sourced from Napa fruit can often by a bit more refined in style and age-worthy than the average Zinfandel. Today I’ll look at one from Titus Vineyards. They’re a small family owned and run winery that focuses on a handful of varietal releases and several blends. While Cabernet Sauvignon is their flagship wine, they are known amongst those familiar with them for having a house style that focuses on showcasing quality fruit in a balanced manner.

The 2006 Napa Valley Zinfandel from Titus Vineyards is 86% varietal with the balance made up of Petite Sirah. The fruit was sourced from their own dry farmed vineyard on the Silverado Trail featuring vines with a minimum age of 35 years. This Zinfandel was aged for 16 months in American oak. Just over 1,800 cases of this offering were produced and the suggested retail price is $27.

Vanilla, cedar black raspberry and plum notes fill a very fragrant nose. From the very first sip chocolate covered red cherry notes are prominent throughout the palate. They’re underscored by black cherry, nutmeg and an abundance of fruitcake spice. Earthy bramble, continued spice and lingering berry notes are featured in the substantial finish. This wine is well structured with solid but very approachable tannins. Good acidity is also present leading to a balanced, food friendly Zin. I found this wine to be an excellent match for a well marbled steak.

What I like best about this particular Zinfandel is two-fold. It’s balance and harmonious nature is one of the hallmarks that stands out. The other is the dark, brooding nature of this selection, no doubt aided by the generous portion of Petite Sirah. These grapes are natural partners and when they work well together as they do in this case they really enhance each other. An excellent Zinfandel from Titus Vineyards, this selection should improve for a couple of years and drink well for another 5 or 6 after that.

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