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About Me: Ward Kadel – @drXeNo is the West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for WineLog.net and Le Wine Buff for Bordeaux.com (CIVB), as featured in their documentary short film. He was named a “key influencer” and a “strong community manager” in the seminal white paper on wine + tech, VinTank’s “WE ARE HERE: The State of Wine Industry Social Media.” Raised in and residing in Napa, he is a proud Vintage High Crusher and has been around wine virtually all of his life.

He has published the long-running wine blog Vinopanion since May 2007. Ward has also composed content and media as Influencer for Crushpad and Brixr.com’s TinyBottles, as Community Manager for Northern California Wine on Lunch.com and has consulted for wineries, PR firms and wine organizations for web content and social channel strategy and monitoring.

His freelance articles have appeared in Palate Press and Mutineer Magazine and his content is syndicated on the mobile apps Wine By the Bar and Hello Vino, rated #1 by Mashable on “Apps for Wine Lovers.” Ward is also one of the founders of the “Wine Badge” movement with his WKBadges and is a member of the VinTank Tasting Panel. In 2011 he worked harvest at the iconic Stags Leap District estate Chimney Rock Winery, during which he posted in real-time for his Man Falls in the Vines - #MFITV media campaign.

In his varied, hectic past and present he has hosted and produced the long running radio show TeK-IndUced EuPHoriA, worked as an assistant for the internationally renown progressive house label Loöq Records and its decade+ long DJ weekly Qoöl, in San Francisco. Ever the avid investment addict, he was also a featured social investor for Covester.com and interviewed about the biotech business sector by The Wall Street Transcript.

Ward lives in the Napa Valley, very lucky in love with his wife, food and travel blogger Beth Fontaine of Rollerskating With Scissors. When not imbibing and/or tweeting, posting, filming, consulting or writing about wine, Ward can be found researching cancer, DJing at his monthly The Winchester, training for his next triathlon…or, just relaxing with friends and family with a tasty bottle of vino.

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Nov. 28, 2007 The Prisoner (Magnum) 2005

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Dec. 14, 2007 J. Lohr Vineyards Seven Oaks Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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Personal Notes

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Sirah, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 2% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, 2% other varieties.

Bought by Beth at Target, 12/13/07.

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Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: dark ruby red

Nose: Good black and red fruit, open already at this young stage.

Palate: Good, varietally correct wine with some added pepper and spice to the fruit in the nose. Hint of integtrated oak. Great, great value, listed at 17 but got for 12.99! - 12/14/2007


Dec. 15, 2007 Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2004

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Personal Notes

76% Zinfandel, 16% Alicante Bouschet, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane. Connoisseurs' Guide 95 Pts.
Had with Walter at Wine Vault (SSF), 12/14/07.

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Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Dark garnet

Nose: Lots of toasty oak, this wine seems very young and not ready yet, but blackberry fruit and tannins are starting to poke through after a half hour or so.

Palate: Not yet integrated, but certainly showing some great structure and the black berry fruit is trying to take over the top part of the palate. Expensive oak is a bit overwhelming right now and not integrated, but I'd love to taste this wine in a few years. - 12/15/2007


Dec. 22, 2007 Madrigal Vineyards Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2003

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Personal Notes

Had on NVWT for Mom's Birthday, 12/16/07.
Madrigal: "1700 Cases produced. We make several varieties of red wine here at Madrigal Family, but the Petite Sirah is the wine we are still most known for locally. Napa natives have a passion for the big bold fruit Petite Sirah offers. Who are we to argue? The 2003 version continues the tradition with a dense, jam- packed nose of cherry/berry and an opaque purple black color. The '03 is packed with rich ripe fruit and detailed flavors with tame, juicy tannins and roundness through the finish. Full bodied, balanced with all the bold character a local could ask for. Best with spicy sweet barbequed meats."

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Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Inky

Nose: Good dark fruit berries and some spice and pepper. Big bouquet.

Palate: Pretty darn good Pet. Good dark fruit comes out more on the palate with some toast. Full-bodied with some big tannic structure. - 12/22/2007


Dec. 22, 2007 Prager Winery Lodi Petite Sirah Port

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Personal Notes

Had on NVWT for Mom's Birthday, 12/16/07.
Prager: "We are excited about this new release of Petite Sirah Port, produced from grapes grown in California's Central Valley. After 2 years of aging, this ruby colored port has developed vibrant aromas of cherry, strawberry, with hints of creamy vanilla. With a light tannin structure, this semi-sweet port's flavors of cherry and orange rind are accented by its mellow brandy finish."

  x $18.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Inky black

Nose: Good cherry and blackberry.

Palate: Medium sweetness, hotter than expected on the finish. This is pretty good though, with that cherry coming out more and some vanilla. - 12/22/2007


Feb. 8, 2008 Robert Rue Vineyard Wood Road Reserve Estate Zinfandel 2005

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Personal Notes

Had at Artisan Wine Lounge, 02/07/08.

TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Russian River Valley

Harvest Date: November 1, 2005

Alcohol: 15%

Brix: 24º (soaked)

Total Acidity: 0.63/100ml

pH: 3.58

RS (residual sugar): .24

Bottling Date: December 2006

Cases Produced: 822

Release Date: July / August 2007



Winemaker Notes:

Fermentation consisted of 21 days on the skins with frequent and gentle punchdowns, followed by12 months in oak barrels. New American and French/Hungarian, 1-year old American and French/Hungarian, and older French. ~ Carol Shelton

The balance of lush fruit, rich creamy oak and firm yet softening tannins creates an ideal structure for this classic old vine Zin. Seductive aromas of ripe brambly blackberries blended with sweet vanilla and subtle hints of black pepper. The smooth mouthfeel reveals a core of juicy ripe blackberry fused with mocha and spicy black pepper. The depth of these delicious flavors resonates on the palate through to the long, luscious finish.



Robert Rue Vineyard is located off Wood Road in the Russian River Valley appellation in Sonoma County , California .



The Russian River Valley Appellation - approximately 150 square miles - is defined by both climate and soil, yet it is the unusual weather pattern that makes this appellation truly unique. Influenced by the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean just a few miles to the west, the evening fog creeps up the Russian River , dropping the temperature to 35 - 40° degrees from the daytime highs. During the summer months, the cool foggy mornings and mild temperatures in the afternoons allows the grapes to slowly mature, developing optimal flavors.



The Wood Road region is recognized for producing intense, luscious wines, especially Zinfandel. In the late 1890’s most Sonoma county vineyards were wiped out by a phyllorera (root louse) infestation. Our Wood Road vineyard, planted on phyllorera resistant St. George rootstock, was spared.



When we purchased the vineyard in 1973 all the vines were the old head pruned style. Over time, we have raised the gnarled old vines on stakes to almost chest high. This allows greater sun exposure and air circulation, reinvigorating the old vines and enhancing production. In a small portion of the vineyard, we have trellised the vines, again to promote sun exposure and even ripening. Initially, we harvested and fermented the two sections separately to see if there was any difference in the fruit quality. After three vintages we detected no difference; however, by altering the viticulture practices with stakes and trellis, we have been able to slightly increase the quantity produced without a negative impact on our ancient vines.



Wood Road soil is a sandy loam of relatively low Ph and fertility that permits our old vines to produce small Zinfandel berries with bright, concentrated cherry and blackberry fruit flavor. This old vineyard is a traditional field-blend of approximately 15% Petite Sirah, Alicante Boschet and Carignane with the remaining 85% Zinfandel.



Caring for our old vineyard is an intensive labor of love. To preserve the health of the vines, we do multiple prunings and several thinnnings (dropping fruit) during the growing season. To produce quality fruit from this old vineyard and preserve it for years to come, we will continue to farm it with the tender loving care it deserves. In return, the vines continue to give us stellar fruit vintage after vintage.

GOLD MEDAL WINNING WINE



2007 Wine Competitions



NWIWC - BEST NEW WORLD ZINFANDEL

TROPHY WINNERS

Best of Varietal

Best of Class

GOLD MEDAL

International Eastern Wine Competition

North of the Gate

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

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Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Garnet.

Nose: Bramble, some red fruit and smoke.

Palate: Some more red fruit, oak tannin and smoke. Good red fruit, but oak is too much right now. - 02/08/2008


Mar. 5, 2008 Gabrielli Winery Mendocino County Zinfandel 1994

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Personal Notes

Tasted blind at gOenophiles' 1994 Gabrielli and Lytton Springs Zinfandel tasting, 08/17/07.
Blind Bottle #6
Scoring 0-3 Me (Group): 1.50 (1.75-)

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Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Browning

Nose: Prunes

Palate; Actually has good mouthfeel and finish, but lots of secondary and harsher tannins. - 03/05/2008


Mar. 25, 2008 Concannon Limited Release Central Coast Petitie Sirah 2005

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Personal Notes

Had at home BBQ, 03/12/08. Brought by Jeff and Andrea.
Concannon: "Petite Sirah


Our signature wine, Petite Sirah, is what Concannon has become known for among wine lovers for nearly 50 years. As the first winery to release Petite Sirah in 1964, Concannon's focus on this full-bodied wine has become part of our trademark. Its all about the terrior. With acres of Petite plantings fronting Tesla Road on our Livermore estate, our commitment to this very special varietal endures both at home and with the best Petite Sirah vineyards in the Central Coast. We craft Petite Sirah in a style where the fruit is concentrated to deliver intense flavors from the first sip to the last lingering drop.
As Americas first Petite Sirah, Concannons Central Coast Petite Sirah is a wine lovers treat. Concentrated to deliver intense flavors from the first sip to the last delicious drop. Full-bodied, rich wine with soft, full tannins and primary fruit flavors of cherry, dark berry and blueberry. Secondary flavors of chocolate and cassis are complex with hints of toast and creamy oak. Either hide this gem away for 3-5 years or drink now. Enjoy with beef, lamb, wild game or any hearty dish.

Recommended USA Today, vintage 2003 Top 100 Wines for $15 or less Looking for a full throttle, muscular California Red? Search out this 2002 Petite Sirah. Wine Spectator Magazine, vintage 2002"

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Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Inky dark purple

Nose: Good blue and black fruit, another Pet winner from this hallowed Petite Sirah producer. Can smell some good tannin as well and licorice and some mint.

Palate: Deep dark fruit, but doesn't stray into overripe, hangs on nicely with good tanninc structure and just enough acid to keep it from being too brooding. Much better than the last vintage and great value. - 03/25/2008


Mar. 30, 2008 Ridge Vineyards Sonoma Valley Late Picked Zinfandel 2002

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Personal Notes

Had at Fermentation Meeting 03/28/08, borught by Paul.
Ridge: "Harvest Dates: 14 October
Grapes: Average brix 27.4, average pH at crush 3.30.
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary/secondary.
Pressed at eight days.
Aging: 100% air-dried american oak barrels
(20% new, 20% two and three years old,
60% five years old).
Time in Barrel: Twelve months
First RIDGE
Zinfandel
Pagani Ranch: 1991
Location: Northern Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County.
Elevation: 100' - 150'
Soils: Gravelly clay loam
Vines: Zinfandel, interplanted with minor amounts
of petite sirah and alicante, 30 acres
Training: Head trained, cane pruned.
Yields: 1.5 2.5 tons per acre
Rainfall: Over 40 inches
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Even summer, with warm days and cool
nights. Heat in early September.
Bottled January 2004
A late spring delayed the growing season, but warm September
weather made up for time lost. We postponed harvest until mid-
October to achieve full, very ripe flavors. Fermentation began
gradually over a period of three days, as naturally-occurring
yeasts multiplied in the crushed grapes. We cut back pumpovers
to moderate tannins, and pressed at dryness after eight
days. The natural secondary (malolactic) fermentation finished in
six weeks, and the wine was racked to air-dried american oak
barrels for aging. New oak was kept to twenty percent, allowing
the character and quality of the old-vine fruit to determine the
wine's appeal. Intense and full-bodied, with firm acid and welldefined
tannins, this superb late-picked zinfandel is enjoyable
now; it will be at its best over the next five to seven years.
Initial Sugar at Harvest: 27.4%
Residual Sugar in the Wine: 0.2%
89% ZINFANDEL, 7% ALICANTE BOUSCHET, 4% PETITE SIRAH
Alcohol 15.8% by volume
Nose: Ripe blackberry, boysenberry; touch of rhubarb pie. Oldvine
black pepper; barrel tones of butterscotch and vanilla.
Distinctive field blend aromas, some earthiness.
Palate: Powerful flavors of rich boysenberry, raspberry. Firm,
integrated acidity. Elegant, chalky tannins and a long, enjoyable
finish.
Since 1991, Ridge has made zinfandel from the old Pagani
vineyard on the east-facing side of Sonoma Valley. Almost all
the vines here were planted more than a hundred years ago.
Pagani Ranch is a fine example of what we look for in a
vineyard: low-yielding old vines, carefully tended by a qualityconscious
family who, in this case, have worked the land for
four generations. The vineyard's long survival is proof of its
merit. An average site would have been abandoned during the
thirteen years of Prohibition, or during the Depression."

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Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: lighter ruby

Nose: Dried berries, apricot as well, with a sweetness that belies the palate. Integrated oak is nicely detectable.

Palate: Very dry and very reminiscent of an Amarone, but not as massive nor tannic. Dried black and blue fruit with a medium-body. Good and an interesting drink. - 03/30/2008


Jun. 2, 2008 Ridge Sullivan Vineyard Zinfandel 2005

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Personal Notes

Tasted blind at the gOenophiles' "Zinfandel or Syrah" tasting, hosted by Lisa & Joe, 05/30/08.
Scoring 0-3 Me (Group): 1.75 (1.50)
Blind Bottle #6
Guessed varietal incorrectly.
95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah

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Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Light garnet

Nose: Bramble, red fruit, but thin and some watermelon

Palate: Red fruit, medium-bodied. Tons of pepper at end, not bad! - 06/03/2008


Nov. 9, 2008 Rockpile Winery Rockpile Rockpile Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel 2006

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Personal Notes

Tasted during the 1st annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, California at the Dry Creek Valley tasting, 10/24/08.
RW: "Production: Approximately 857 cases
Appellation: Rockpile
Composition: 95% Zinfandel
5% Petite Sirah
Vineyards: Rockpile Ridge Vineyard
Alcohol: 15.5% by volume
Aging: 14 months oak barrels
50% French
50% American
Our Familys Rockpile Ridge Vineyard is located at nearly 1,200 ft elevation in the
Rockpile appellation. This vineyard has sweeping sun exposures from Southeast to Northwest. In
2006 we harvested fruit from all nine blocks of Zinfandel in the Rockpile Ridge Vineyard. We
pick the blocks at different times, and ferment these separately to insure the integrity and
uniqueness of the individual blocks. Working with nine amazingly distinct blocks is a
winemaking dream come true, and is what makes our Rockpile Ridge Zinfandel so spectacular.
The unusually cool summer of 2006 was blessing for Zinfandel fans. While elegant and
Rockpile are generally not heard in the same sentence, rest assured, this is the best of both
worlds. The cool growing conditions yielded extraordinarily long hang times which translated to
phenomenal complex and perfectly balanced wines.
The bright nose of blackberry and ripe cherry are complemented by hints of vanilla, black
pepper, and minerals. Vivid fruit dominates the front palate, giving way to soft and supple
tannins. Pure and full bodied, with firm acidity, this wine will age gracefully for the next 3-5
years."

  x $139.99
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Deep and dark garnet/violet

Nose: A little hot, with some smoke and black and red fruit, cherry. Also some slight bramble, but very ripe fruit.

Palate: Also a bit hot and with more oak than I like. Lots of that fruit from the nose that tinges on prunes, but finishes with sweet cherry and some more smoke and heat. - 11/09/2008


Nov. 15, 2008 Bin 36 California Merlot 2005

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Personal Notes

Tasted after Twitter Taste Live #5, 11/15/08, courtesy of Thea and Lisa.
Also tasted during the inaugural Hahn Family Wines Bloggers Forum at their headquarters in Napa, 12/07/08.
HFE: "38% Sonoma
Plata Vineyards
Merlot
37% Arroyo Seco
Ste. Philippe Vineyards
Merlot
15% Paso Robles
Sereno Vista Vineyards
Petite Sirah
10% Paso Robles
Mirasol Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon
65% New French Allier
10% one-year-old French
balance neutral French
aged 19 months
Here’s everything you want from Merlot
and more. The supple approach gives
way to an almost time released array
of black currants, black cherries,
plummy mocha dusted minerals that
linger through the dense core and linger
through the long finish. Things only
get better from here.
In order to win friends and influence
people try this with antipasto, grilled or
roasted meat, poultry, meaty fish, and
young cow’s and sheep’s milk cheeses.
Partners Brian Duncan and Dan Sachs
have created one of Chicago’s premier
restaurants: BIN 36. A restaurant wine
bar and market featuring contemporary
American cuisine with an emphasis on
seasonal ingredients and wine pairing.
In the evenings, diners can enjoy
either the more casual Tavern dining
room or the intimate Cellar. Executive
Chef John Caputo creates a 50-selection
cheese menu as well as a prix fixe
Chef’s Tasting menu with wine pairings
that changes daily. Duncan and
Sachs’s vision of the quintessential
wine and dining experience became
a reality with BIN 36; here novice and
wine geek alike can embrace food and
wine from the earth to the table."

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Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Garnet/purple

Nose: Toasty oak with black fruit and some loamy forest floor

Palate: Great bright fruit in this medium-bodied wine. Good red and black fruit with the secondary and more savory truffle and earth coming through in the finish. Good. - 11/15/2008


Color: Dark garnet, ruby edges

Nose: Great savory green olive and blackest fruit with a hint of oak, menthol and anise.

Palate: Great char, some leather, supported by a medium-full round mouth. Black fruit and a hint of blue. Good. - 12/08/2008


Dec. 8, 2008 Bin 36 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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Personal Notes

Tasted during the inaugural Hahn Family Wines Bloggers Forum at their headquarters in Napa, 12/07/08.
HFE: "81% Cabernet Sauvignon:
75% Paso Robles
Sereno Vista Vineyards
3% Santa Lucia Highlands
Hook Vineyard
3% Napa Valley
12% Petite Sirah:
10% Paso Robles
Mirasol Vineyards
2% Napa Valley
7% Syrah:
Santa Lucia Highlands
Doctor’s Vineyard
60% New French Center
of France, Tronçais
20% one-year-old French
balance neutral French
aged 19 months
In a culture that seems to relish excess,
this wine manages to deliver
power with measured precision and
grace. Dark berries and currants are
skillfully integrated with aromatic dark
chocolate on a backdrop of subtle oak
and spice.
To guarantee a standing ovation serve
with grilled or roasted meats, game,
full flavored aged cheeses—creamy
ones and for those who love the blues.
Partners Brian Duncan and Dan Sachs
have created one of Chicago’s premier
restaurants: BIN 36. A restaurant wine
bar and market featuring contemporary
American cuisine with an emphasis on
seasonal ingredients and wine pairing.
In the evenings, diners can enjoy
either the more casual Tavern dining
room or the intimate Cellar. Executive
Chef John Caputo creates a 50-selection
cheese menu as well as a prix fixe
Chef’s Tasting menu with wine pairings
that changes daily. Duncan and
Sachs’s vision of the quintessential
wine and dining experience became
a reality with BIN 36; here novice and
wine geek alike can embrace food and
wine from the earth to the table."

  x $0.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very dark garnet with lighter garnet edges

Nose: Richer, complex nose of red/blue/black fruit with some black olive, slight truffle and finishing with black cherry

Palate: Full-bodied, dusted with tannin, blue cobbler mouth with black cherry on top. Round tannin, good! - 12/08/2008


Dec. 28, 2008 Wine Guerrilla Sonoma County Zinfandel 2005

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Personal Notes

Had at Genentech during the first blind PDB Wine & Cheese Tasting, 12/19/08. I hosted and all of the wines were chosen by and purchased from the Ken at The Wine Vault in South San Francisco, CA.
This wine was Red #2.
WG: "Our ’05 Sonoma County is a blend

of 80% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah

and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.



The fruit comes from Alexander

Valley, Dry Creek Valley and the

Russian River.



The wine was aged for 11 months in

French and American oak.



Bottled December 6, 2006



414 cases produced



Alcohol 14%



PH 3.85



TA .58



Tasting notes: Goes well with all

known food…or without, you’re

the decider."

  x $15.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium dark ruby

Nose: Bramble, with some good jammy cherry and some slight smoke.

Palate: Medium-full body with red smoky fruit of mainly cherry and some raspberry. The bramble comes in more in the finish. Good balance and structure. - 12/28/2008


Mar. 11, 2009 Nmad Chilean Red Wine 2007

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Personal Notes

Had at Luka's with coworkers, 03/03/09.
http://lusciouslushes.com/2008/12/11/is-it-chile-in-here-or-is-it-just-me/

http://cheapwineratings.com/2008/12/10/nomad-chilean-red-wine-blogging-wednesday-52/

  x $0.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker violet, dark garnet edges

Nose: Good with good dark fruit here of mainly black but some brighter blue on top, a little new leather

Palate: Smooth and full, with some oak but not too much and nicely balanced with the dark fruit here and more new leather towards the finish. Good acid and finishes with black cherry. - 03/11/2009


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