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AVA: Dundee Hills                                               

LOCATION: Worden Hill Rd.

ELEVATION: 425’                                                  

SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990                                         

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: PGC block 3.5 acres, .8 acres and .5 acres spread across three sections of the vineyard.

TONS/ACRE: 3.25                                                  

PICKING DATE: September 24

VINIFICATION: Multiple fermentation vessels and whole cluster inclusions ranging from 0 to 100%.

Winemaking and Notes: 8 of the 15 barrels come from 100% whole cluster fermentations and 7 come from completely destemmed fermenters. Most of the wine comes from the large block located in the ideal location on the bowl-shaped hillside, but 3 barrels came from the block above that seemed to add a dimension of elegance and texture without taking away from the lavishness, deep fruited and structured wine we all know. This combination allows the structure and earthen minerality to be infused with the incredibly lush and dense fruit this vineyard produces creating a wine of great depth, character, complexity and flavor. 15% new barrel was used with a combination of once to four times used barrels to round out the barrel program. This wine wants to be perfect. It is youthful and jumpy right now. As of writing this, there is so much material rolling around with fruit and tannin. Its characteristics are sort of all over the place. Not unusual for great wines to begin at stages like this. This has power, concentration, dry extract, subtle spice undertones and enormous length. This is not necessarily a powerhouse, but it has so much to it that it’s impossible to doubt that there is profundity in this wine’s future. Taste it now for all the incredible stuff going on, but get it because it will be great years down the road.

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This is what we consider on a year-in, year-out basis our most unique and exotic wine. This is, as always, our only wine that is made in 100% new Cadus barrels. This wine is a textural experience beyond any of our other wines. Rather than attempting to show, in pain-staking detail, the individual qualities of the vineyards we work with the Notorious bottling is about a particular style of wine that is richer, more intense, denser in texture and more lifted aromatically than our other bottlings. 

In 2018 the eight selected barrels come from Balcombe Vineyard (4 barrels of Pommard planted in 1990 and fermented with 0%, 33% and 60% whole cluster from Blocks 1A, 1B and 2B), Estate Vineyard (2 barrels, 1 each from a 1990 planting of Pommard done with 50% whole clusters and from a 2001 planting of Dijon 114 from the Etzel Block done with 50% whole cluster ) and the vineyard we moniker as Mysterious (2 barrels, 1 each from a 1990 planting of Pommard done with 0% whole clusters and 100% whole cluster). These are all incredibly well farmed vineyard with 3 organic sites representing totality of fruit.

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AVA: Chehalem Mountains                          

LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.

ELEVATION: 325’                                          

SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 2007

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard        

VINEYARD SIZE: 32-acre vineyard, ~1.0-acre PGC Anklebreaker (Pommard) block

VINIFICATION: 2 open-top fermenters, a 1.75 ton and a 2.5 ton, the former with 40% whole clusters the latter with 60% whole clusters.

PICKING DATE: September 22nd               

TONS/ACRE: 3.33

OWNER: John & Susan Olenik                   

PRODUCTION: 156 cases bottled

Winemaking and Notes:This is a lower lying section in Olenik Vineyard planted to Pommard clone in 2007 and the name references the rock-strewn nature of this section of the vineyard. This is definitely the warmest spot of the site with the radiant heat from the rocks. This section was picked early on in the 2018 harvest at a moderate level of brix belying this wine’s deep, dark color and powerful overall nature. We are very pleased to be able to showcase the characteristics of this utterly unique piece of ground in Oregon. The Anklebreaker moniker is a visual description of the ground this part of the vineyard is planted in. The basalt boulders, rocks and stones in the section of the vineyard are part of a long ago land slide from further up the embankment and they give the block a visual similarity to vineyards in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Somehow, the name seems to also convey the style of wine to expect and it delivers. This is a broad-shouldered Pinot Noir with deep and very dark fruit flavors. It is years away from any sort of peak, but certainly provides satisfaction at the big-boy level in the short run. Of all the wines in this very diverse cellar this is the most about the place that fruit comes from style of Pinot Noir. It was born to plants in a difficult and hard environment and the wine is not easy and maybe not for everybody but it is distinct, interesting and a great connection to the soils.

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AVA: Chehalem Mountains                  

LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.

ELEVATION: 325’                                    

SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 2007                           

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 32-acre vineyard, ~2.7-acre PGC Wadensvil block

VINIFICATION: 3 open-top 1.75 ton fermenters, one with 0%, one with 40% and one 50% whole clusters.

PICKING DATE: September 26th        

TONS/ACRE: 3.25

OWNERS: John & Susan Olenik        

PRODUCTION: 310 cases bottled     

Winemaking and Notes: Olenik Vineyard sits nearly smack dab in the middle of this south facing hillside. The vineyard sits on the same type of thin marine soil as our Estate Vineyard. Wadensvil Clone is especially perfect for this type of soil. The natures of marine sedimentary soil and the Wadensvil clone are nearly a perfect intersection for Pinot Noir in Oregon. Wadensvil tends toward more elegant, high-toned and red-fruited wines while the sedimentary soil adds an element of structure and turns the wine distinctly toward a very mineral-driven mid-palate and finish. The barrels that make up this wine come equally from the fermentations that was done with 50% and no whole clusters with a couple of barrels of the 40% whole cluster fermenter rounding out the balance. Despite the differences in the make-up of the fermentations the bins were both pigeaged 1x/day and pressed separately on the same day. The fruit that was fermented with 50% whole clusters emphasizes minerals, spices and back-palate structure all of which provide tension in the herb-laced red fruit. The de-stemmed barrels are a rush of sweet, feminine red fruit and a texture like velvet. The 40% seemed to have a little of both. The whole clusters give an incredible backbone to this wine that lends an austerity to this wine that benefits it not only down the road but in the here and now, allowing it to be the wine from the Chehalem Mountains that is the most elegant, graceful and refined of the bottlings. The wine is incredibly aromatic and floral but still allows for the back palate to be the guiding force in this wine. This wine is soulful and richer than it at first seems however it is graceful, subtle and sublime and easily one of the most popular wines that we make.

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This bottling allows us to accomplish two things that are very important to us as a winery. The first thing is that it allows us to be incredibly detailed about the barrels we select for our vineyard designated wines, so they true expressions of the site on a year in and year out basis. The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir bottling “Reserve” is almost entirely made up of barrels that simply were not included in a more prestigious bottling, which allows us to choose from larger sections of our diverse vineyards. Secondly, it allows us to create a blended wine that has a degree of consistency to it each vintage that is of incredibly high-quality and will retail for under $30.

In short, this wine is a smoking deal! The 2017 Willamette Valley Reserve was rated as the #39 wine by The Wine Spectator and 93pts because of its unusual combination of quality, price and availability.

This bottling comes from terrific sources. The 2018 has a make-up of slightly over 40% comes from our Estate Vineyard from which we bottled 6 individual single vineyard/block bottlings in 2018. The next 3 highest sources of wine come from Freedom Hill Vineyard (one of the most famous vineyards in Oregon), Durant Vineyard (from which we bottle 2 Pinot Noirs from vines ranging from 19-46 years in vine age) and a vineyard so famous that the winery that owns it won’t let us put the name of the vineyard on the vineyard designated bottling of it that we do let alone tell you it is one of the mainstays in our least expensive wine! You get the picture.

4,977 cases bottled

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Winemaking and Notes:This bottling comes equally from the high elevation, 1990 plantings of Pommard in Balcombe Vineyard, the mid-tier elevation of both the 44 year-old Pommard clone vines in Durant Vineyard’s Bishop Block and the Dijon 115 in the 18 year-old Madrone Block, the 38-year old vines from Weber Vineyard and from a Worden Hill Rd. site planted in 1990 that is bottled under the name ‘Mysterious’. This mix allows us to take from the cooler, windier Breyman Orchard sites (Balcombe and Durant) as well as the cool vineyard within the warm growing area (Worden Hill Rd.) to show a complete picture of the Dundee Hills and its volcanic soil influences. While some element of whole cluster fermentations barrels was used, no new barrels were incorporated so as to show the clearest path from soil to wine as possible. This wine has a dynamic set of vineyards that make it up. What comes forth is pure Dundee Hills goodness. Red fruits and spices combine on an incredible textural lattice making this wine both edu-mah-cational and very difficult to not find appealing. Come for the geology, stay for the incredible taste.

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AVA: Dundee Hills                                         

LOCATION: Worden Hill Rd.

ELEVATION: 450’                                           

SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1983                                  

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 31-acre vineyard, ~3-acre PGC block

VINIFICATION: 4 open-top 1.75 ton fermenters done with 50% whole clusters and 1 2.5 ton fermenter done with 100% whole clusters. 1 open-top 1.75 ton fermenter completely destemmed.

PICKING DATE: 10/05/2018                          

TONS/ACRE: 2.92

OWNER: Vivian Weber                                 

PRODUCTION:  364 cases bottled

Winemaking and Notes: On top of that there simply aren’t many 35+ year old vineyards in Oregon. Weber Vineyard is perhaps the purest Dundee Hills Pinot Noir that we have. In our dozen years working with this vineyard it has routinely produced one of our top wines of the vintage (certainly in 2012 and 2016 one could make a strong argument for that being the case). In 2018 this wine definitely shows that potential. If you are a fan of what the Dundee Hills can do at exceptionally high levels with old vines this bottling is going to be in your wheelhouse. Since 2015 we have been including larger quantities of whole cluster fermentation into the bottling. Of the 18 barrels selected 13 come from stem inclusion fermentations with 5 being from 100% and 8 from 50%.  This is a quintessential old vine, Worden Hill Rd. Pinot Noir that reaches back into the history of Oregon for its place in our line-up of Pinot Noirs from the vintage. This wine has a deep red color and a great concentration of sweet fruit that is balanced and buffeted by crisp acidity and firm, but ripe tannins. The wine was in 22% new barrel (and 33% once used barrels) for just under a year. The depth of the wine both from a concentration standpoint and an “old vines can handle barrels” standpoint this seems far less influenced by barrel than once would expect.  This is complete, age-worthy, unique all while still being a distinctly Worden Hill Rd. Pinot Noir. Beautiful wine for old vine Dundee Hills vineyard fans.

 

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Winemaking and Notes:The fermentation contained around 33% whole cluster fruit from the four blocks this bottling is sourced from. The fruit from Block 2A was done as 100% whole cluster which is our normal method of fermentation with this block. All cuvees went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, fermented in 1.75-ton open-top fermenters and were pigeaged 1x/day until dry. It was then pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days at which point the wine went to barrel. This wine saw only just over 5% new barrels, but over 50% came from once used barrels of the 19.5 selected for this bottling. As mentioned earlier, there are five sections of Balcombe Vineyard. Four of the sections are used to create the Balcombe Vineyard bottling. The section called 1B is separated out into a different bottling. The Balcombe Vineyard bottling is certainly the quintessential Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. Ever since its first bottling in 2000 this wine is all about how the texture and the flavor co-mingle to deliver the EXPERIENCE. This has an irresistible silky texture without being soft or cloying. The manner in which the flavors are delivered are the key component to this wine’s complexity. It is consistently floral on the nose with subtle elements of red-fruit and smoked meat. It has a sneaky ageability to it since it does have such an approachable-when-young nature to it, but recent tastes of the 2001 and 2002 show those wines cruising along beautifully. Drink it for its lovely, youthful nature or save it and it will be a delicious treat 10+ years into the future. Either way you cannot lose.

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AVA: Dundee Hills                                            LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 600-650’                                       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990                                     CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 7.25-acre vineyard              VINIFICATION: 2.5 ton and 1.75-ton open-top fermenters done with 60 and 33% whole cluster                                                                                                               fermentations respectively.

PICKING DATE: 10/07/18                                 TONS/ACRE: 2.17

OWNER: Joyce Cooke

MANAGED/FARMED BY: Patricia Green Cellars

PRODUCTION: 243 cases bottled

Wine Making and Notes: This is the most popular wine at Patricia Green Cellars. The Wine Club exists because of it. This block happens to produce wine utterly like anything else from the rest of the vineyard. It is darker, much more structured, more earth bound and deeper than the much higher toned fruit in the regular Balcombe Vineyard bottling. This block has been this different since our first time working with this site in 1997. Nothing has changed. We were able to do a fermentation that was done with 60% whole clusters and another with 33% whole clusters. Both went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, one fermented in a single 2.5 ton open top fermenter, the other in a 1.75 ton and both were exclusively pigeaged 1x/day until dry and then pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. This spent a little less than a year in 20% new barrels and 80% once used barrels. The whole cluster element lends spices and herbs to the super-darkly fruited nature of the wine creating depth and complexity. As usual, the wine is brooding in its youth and has incredible longevity. Tastings of the 2000 and 2001 bottlings over the past year revealed wines that were in tremendous shape. We are better at what we do now than we were then and the vineyard is nearly 30 years old now, not just getting to 10.  This section of the vineyard is a worker. It just cranks out an incredible wine every single year. Every year the vines get more mature and at 29 years of vine age are just entering full maturity. This is a gorgeous uber-rendition of Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.  In the past seven vintages (2008-2017) it has received scores of 93, 93, 93, 93, 93, 93, 93, 94, 95 and 94 from Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar/Vinous.com.  *WINE CLUB ONLY

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Winemaking and Notes:There was a range of whole cluster fermentations ranging from 45% to 100% stem-inclusion that were created from the fruit we received from this block in 2018. They allwent through a normal cold soak of 4 to 5 days and then were fermented in 1.75-ton open-top fermenters (as well as one 2.5 ton round that was done 100% whole cluster and is the bedrock of this bottling) and pigeaged 1x/day until dry and then was pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days before being pressed separately to allow for specific blending later in the year. The wine spent about 11 months in barrel in 27% new oak. 13 barrels of the 100% whole cluster fermentation barrels were selected with 7 coming from the 2.5 ton fermentation and 5 from 45% whole cluster fermentations. This combination allows for the forward, supple nature of Dundee Hills fruit to be showcased while held in check by the old vine, mineral-driven elements of the 100% whole cluster barrels. There is sweet red fruit that is overlaid by a distinctly savory aspect creating a dichotomy upon which complexity exists. This is a wine that has old bones and sensibilities to it while still having the stuffing that Dundee Hill wines are known for all while being an insanely rare example due to the vine age that helps define this wine’s boundaries.

These now monster vines were planted back in 1973 making them some of the oldest vines in Oregon, thus giving this bottling an historical aspect to it. 46-year-old vines in Oregon are exceptionally rare both because there was so little planted acreage back then and some of that acreage has been re-planted due to Phylloxera. The fact that this site and wine exist at all is somewhat of a minor miracle. In part due to this, this wine knows exactly what it wants to be. It shows finesse, subtleness, elegance and discreet balance all backed up by a sneaky and looming firmness. Only older vines make wines like this. This is not a wine that needs to make a dramatic entrance, because all the work is done on the back end.

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AVA: Dundee Hills                                     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’                                       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 2000

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Dijon 115     VINEYARD SIZE: 60-acre vineyard, 3.1-acre PGC block

VINIFICATION: Several 1.75 ton open-top fermenters done 100% destemmed.

PICKING DATE: 09/28/2018                      TONS/ACRE: 3.06

OWNERS: The Durant Family

PRODUCTION: 243 cases bottled

Winemaking and Notes:The Madrone Block, planted to Dijon 115 Clone creates a much different Pinot Noir than the Pommard Clone from the Bishop Block, and it is special enough to be bottled on its own. One of the reasons that the Dundee Hills was the place that initially defined all of Oregon Pinot Noir and why this AVA remains so sought after in terms of plantable vineyard land is that, quite simply, the wines from here are delicious. In their relative youth vines here produce ripe fruit that wants to be pleasing and friendly. The Madrone Block is just about to get to its 20th leaf, so it still exists in a spot where it produces fruit that makes wine people want to enjoy.  It is plush wish richness and ripe characteristics, but it also has balanced acidity and enough tannin to keep everything where it needs to be. This is definitely deep in fruit and oozing with textural appeal creating a long, graceful and entirely charming wine. This borders right on sultry as all bottlings of this block have since we began producing it in 2012. Almost certainly, this is the single vineyard designate with the most upfront appeal to it. This will show sweet red fruits which are certainly a staple of the vintage with classic Dundee Hill sweet spices. Hard not to like.

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Wine Making and Notes:This bottling has always been a powerful view of this vineyard site and we still have blocks in the vineyard in the 10-21 year-old range that have not made (will not make?) the change to the far more chic and mineral-driven Estate Old Vine style. That is fine. Our Estate Vineyard is fairly large and incredibly diverse, so having two very different wines coming off of it is great. To us, this is the exciting part of Pinot Noir and vineyard management, and the marriage of the two in winemaking.

The wine is dark in color, dense in earth-tinged dark fruits with relatively thick tannins. However, as the vineyard has aged, fewer blocks are still producing this style of wine that seems to be indicative of the young vines. This comes from just three blocks: a 1998 southeast-facing planting of Pommard, a 2000 south-southeast facing planting of Pommard at lower elevation and, for the first time ever, a 2000 planting of Pommard that faces east at the top and back of the vineyard. This section has finally developed into something beautiful and representative of this site and particular bottling and we are very excited about its inclusion in this wine! The lower block of Pommard by the winery was done with 50% stem inclusion while all the fruit from the other two blocks were done as 100% de-stemmed. Everything went through a standard cold soak of about 4-7 days depending on the block, fermented in 1.75-ton open-top fermenters and was pigeaged 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. This spent a little less than a year in barrel with only 3% being new barrels while 86% were neutral so there is minimal oak influence in this wine allowing the pure nature of this dark Ribbon Ridge bottling to really come out. We dry farm our vineyard and these younger vines, even at 19-21 years of vine age, are still under a bit of duress. This leads to small, tight clusters and fairly thick skins. This gives the wine its trademark dark, almost purplish color with a hefty and dense structure. This can be a bit savage in nature when youthful but it comes around surprisingly fast and, of course, is good for many years.

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AVA: Ribbon Ridge                                      LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’                                         SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard                 YEAR PLANTED:1990

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 1.0-acre block

VINIFICATION: 40% whole cluster fermentations in a 2.5 ton open top fermenter.

PICKING DATE:9/29/18                               TONS/ACRE:1.95

OWNERS: Patricia Green Cellars              PRODUCTION: 36 Bottles

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Winemaking and Notes:The Bonshaw Block is on the southwest-facing slope of the estate hillside, and its significance to the winery is now multifold. This was the block that produced the highest quality fruit off of the entire Estate Vineyard in our first year of production in 2000. Based on that alone this little 1.25ish acre block would be something that we hold as a significant place in our lives. However, as time has gone on and that block has entered full vine maturity the quality of the fruit and resulting wines have only continued to improve. Little did we realize that this improvement was on such a track that we would produce a wine from the 2016 vintage that would become the first Pinot Noir from Oregon to ever garner a perfect 100 score from a major, national wine publication. This isn’t why we do what we do, but a little positive affirmation that happens to be exclusive to our winery is nice.

This bottling has always stood out to us because it showcases the best aspects of all the best blocks, young vine and old vine alike, and show them off together. In this way this block is the nexus of our vineyard. Dark red fruit, earth, mineral, spice, suppleness, structure are all represented in this wine, especially as it changes and evolves both in the bottle over time and in the glass when poured out. The 2018 is a classic. It is, at least, the equal of the 2016 bottling. It combines the intensity and structure of the vintage with savage fruit and great structure. A completely unique and amazing wine. In short, this is one stunning and hedonistic bottle of Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir.

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Winemaking and Notes:  Winemaking and Notes:As the Estate vines tap their roots deep into the soft sub-soil they eventually make contact with the mineralized water on the property. This brings a whole new element to the flavor and texture profile of the wine. This bottling comes from barrels sourced from both the West and East Etzel Blocks done both destemmed and with 50% whole cluster fermentations, a 1990 planting of Pinot Gris that was grafted to Pommard in 2002 that was done with three fermenters of destemmed fruit which were all pressed together, a 1997 planting of Pommard on a steep southwest facing slope that was all fermented with 50% whole clusters and 9 barrels of Wadensvil (for the first time ever in this bottling!) with fermentations ranging from destemmed to 66% whole cluster. Given the diversity within the vineyard (we have a 360-degree aspect on our hillside vineyard) and the range of vine age (22-33 years) we were able to pick at different times and then blend this together with a greater degree of diversity than we have ever had available. The wine was bottled with just over 20% new barrel. The assemblage for this particular wine is always fascinating, because you can see the wine come together as the elements from each block are added in. This wine is one of the few truly older vine bottlings that exists from Ribbon Ridge. Older vineyards here, have the capacity to translate the mineral laden nature of our water and soil into the refined, focused nature of the fruit. This AVA is a special place and makes some of the most interesting, dramatic and amazing as some of our bottlings, and this is one of them!
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Winemaking and Notes: We have long believed that Wadensvil planted in marine sedimentary soil produces some of the best wines in the cellar. The only problem is finding it outside of our vineyard. Wadensvil is a little later ripening, a little lighter, and a little more elegant and was generally shunned from the late 80’s into the mid-2000s by independent vineyards. When Wadensvil is given the right conditions and especially when combined with the mineral effect of marine soil it blossoms into a stunningly beautiful wine.   The 2018 continues the upward trajectory that this bottling has been on since we started it four vintages ago. The fermentations from this northwest facing section of the block were done with 33% whole clusters while the fermentations from the northeast facing aspect ranged from completely destemmed to 33% to 66% whole cluster. They were assembled as the final wine with 4 barrels from the northwest section, 7 barrels from the whole cluster barrels on the northeast and 3 from the destemmed portion. The wine was pressed off and allowed to settle for 3 days before going to barrel. The wine, while being 22% new oak is also 50% neutral barrel. The Wadensvil clone presents itself in a lovely red-fruited manner (while still being quite concentrated and rich) from our vineyard that tends toward darker fruit profiles. There are very fine-grained tannins and terrific acidity so this wine may take some time to come around and it will undoubtedly have a long life in front of it.

 

 

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