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Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews






Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port Reviews




2019

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 



96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is really vivid, with a beautiful range of cassis, cherry puree, boysenberry coulis, and plum reduction notes unfurling across the palate while succulent licorice, warm fruitcake, and enticing red and black tea notes sing back up. The long, refined finish has plenty in reserve for the long haul. One of the stars of the vintage. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Alicante Bouschet and Tinta Amarela. Best from 2040 through 2060. 1,640 cases made, 150 cases imported.”



94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 


“One of the Douro's grandest quintas has produced a powerful, structured wine that shows concentration and density. The aromas and dark fruits speak to the Touriga Nacional in the blend, giving a Port that is destined for long-term aging. Drink from 2030.”



92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2019 Quinta do Vesuvio comes from a vineyard with a north-facing exposure and foot-trodden. The wine is quite high-toned on the nose with black cherries, blueberry, crushed violet, quince jelly, and truffle aromas, a hint of smoke in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, a little angular upon first pouring, though coalescing in the glass. Black pepper and touches of sage furnish the finish that gently fans out, although one gets the impression that it is holding something back. One for more patient Port-lovers. 770 cases produced (13 pipes)”




2018

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 



97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Expressive, with a wave of pure creamed plum, blackberry, and blueberry fruit gliding through atop enticing anise and milk chocolate notes. Velvety, caressing finish makes it hard to see the graphite structure here, but it's there. Suave finish too. Will be hard to lay off this one in its youth, but it's destined for terrific development. Best from 2032 through 2055. 965 cases made, 100 cases imported.”



96 Pointz James Suckling


“This is a big, ripe young vintage Port with dried fruit, such as figs and prunes, treacle tart, and chocolate. Full-bodied and very sweet with lots of round tannins and a long, flavorful finish. This needs five or six years to soften. Just 3% of the Vesuvio production. Try after 2025 and onwards.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2018 Vintage Port is a blend of 54% Touriga Nacional and 40% Touriga Franca and Alicante Bouschet combined, with miscellaneous others filling out the blend. It comes in with 112 grams of residual sugar. This is one of the two Ports being released en primeur now by the Symingtons in this issue. If you are judging the group on concentration and power, this is easily the winner, the one with the biggest upside. There are some other points to make, though. You may like the style of some others more. Inky black, it is also probably the most concentrated Port in the group, although it doesn't seem to quite scale the heights of, say, the 2017. The signature features here will be the pungent aromatics and the big, ripe fruit. Actually, it is not only big in flavor, it's a little flamboyant. There is a nuance on the finish that makes it seem especially ripe; it will be interesting to see if that folds into the whole in time. The baked plums up front suggest very ripe Touriga Nacional, in particular. Then, the hammer falls, and this shows off a fair bit of power too, especially the next day. It was by far, also, the 2018 in this article that was most on top of its game when tasted a couple of days later. It will be interesting to see where this goes. It certainly has potential. There were 965 cases produced.”



94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“The magnificent Vesuvio estate has produced a densely rich Port. Its tannins and big black fruit are just the starting point for a long journey. It is sumptuous and structured at the same time. Drink this wine from 2027.”



93 Pointz Vinous


“The 2018 Quinta do Vesuvio has a plush bouquet of black fruit laced with clove, nougat, boysenberry jam and white pepper. I would have liked a little more precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive spicy attack on the entry - cracked black pepper and bitter orange, touches of liquorice and mint towards the well structured finish. Moderate length. A quality Vesuvio that deserves several years in bottle.



91 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“The heat resistance of the Douro’s vines helped them sustain some freshness in their fruit during the heat spikes of 2018, this wine combining plum flavors ranging from vibrant to stewed. The tannins are lush, as rich as chocolate cake, with a gentle vanilla-spice persistence. Though this wine will develop more detail as it ages, it’s a seductive Port to serve young.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



96 Pointz Decanter


“A blend of 54% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca and Alicante Bouschet (co-fermented) and 6% Sousão (for freshness), predominantly from cooler north or northwest facing vineyards: beautifully lifted, scented floral aromas (rose petals), vinous and overt; sweet and suave initially, ripe but gentle blackberry fruit backed by velvety tannins leading to a finish that is both powerful and elegant at the same time. Wonderful freshness and vitality. A magnificent wine for drinking over the medium to long term. Just 965 cases produced, representing 3% of the quinta’s total production.”



2017

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews

 


99 Poinrz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Very fresh, it also has luscious fruit, vivid fruit flavor, and big power underneath. It coats the palate but its best feature is the delightfully juicy finish. It's delicious, long, and kind of spectacular.  The combination of lots of fruit, lots of power, and endless flavor to go with the endless finish mean that this is a rather stunning follow-up to recent vintages.”



96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

Cellar Selection


“The structure of this wine is dense in tannins that balance the opulent black fruits. The sweeter style of the wine is balanced by the ripeness of the blackberry fruits freshened by the fine acidity.” 



96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This offers of a lovely mix of raspberry, black currant, plum, and fig pâte de fruit notes, which stretch out slowly over a ramrod straight graphite spine.  Bramble, anise, and apple wood details are tucked in neatly on the finish, giving this a compact feel for now, but everything is in place for a long, steady maturation in the cellar. Shows a pleasant, dry edge to the finish.”



95 Pointz James Suckling


“Finished aromas of crushed berry, graphite, and stone. Full body, very sweet with a tangy almost sweet and sour character. Distinct flavors of dried oranges and dark berries. Medium tannin structure. Very ripe yet fresh.”



94 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Sweet and sleek, with a black-mushroom savor, 2017 is a fat and happy vintage for Vesuvio. This is a modern Vintage Porto, with a refinement and ease to its purple-plum-and-bitter-chocolate richness, the alcohol beautifully integrated into the wine.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



94 Pointz Decanter


“It’s lifted and aromatic on the nose with a touch of green leaf and ginger and a wild, herbal edge. The palate’s not especially big, and has lovely freshness all the way through with fine-grained, peppery tannins, showing near-perfect purity and leading to a long, linear finish. Should be approachable early but this will also last the course.”



2016

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 



97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Densely packed and dark in profile, with lots of warmed fig, mulled blueberry, açai berry, and blackberry paste flavors rolling through, scored with graphite and tar notes, carrying through a finish that has a smoldering feel. A long licorice snap echo adds a lip-smacking hint. A terrific young Port.”



96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2016 Vintage Port is a blend of 43% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, and 17% Alicante Bouschet, with Tinta Amarela and Sousão filling out the rest. It comes in with 115 grams of residual sugar. If this Quinta has a hallmark to me, it is the expressive, gorgeous fruit. It has a seductive feel, but it is also muscular and intense. It is one of the most muscular in the Symington stable this year, with the concentration to soak up the power. I'd give this the nod for the moment over the 2015, but they are pretty close, granting that I do not have them side by side. They may wind up in more or less the same place overall in the long run. We'll see. That said, this seems superb. Bottled in May 2018 and to be released in October 2018, there were 1,220 cases produced.”



95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“This is a jammy, ripe, and deeply rich wine. Its firm tannins are fully integrated with the powerful black fruits to give a wine with great potential longevity. The end has an almost fresh aftertaste.”



94 Pointz James Suckling


“The greenness and stalkiness comes through here with a minty, fennel character as well as blueberry and violet undertones. Peppermint, too. Full-bodied and off-dry, showcasing blue fruits and a spicy, fresh finish. Try in 2022.”



92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2016 Quinta do Vesuvio from Symington’s has a slightly more savoury bouquet than its fellow 2016 releases – earthier, almost nuttier with some lovely grilled walnut scents percolating through with time in the glass. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry, notes of marmalade and dried quince infusing the cassis and black cherry fruit with high notes of blueberry and a slight saline tincture towards the well balanced, quite persistent finish. Very fine.”



92 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“This is a voluminous, fat, and rosy Port from the steeps of Vesuvio, a vineyard just upriver from the Cachão da Valeira, the vines rising from the south bank of the Douro at 425 feet to a high peak at 1,730 feet. The wine’s purple fruit is racy, its concentration substantial, the tannins gentle and yielding in their quiet mineral wealth. A floral and herbal undertone predicts the complexities to come with bottle age, the wine destined to age on its freshness and balance rather than the sheer power of tannins that once defined young Vintage Port.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



95 Pointz Decanter


“Lovely warm country aromas, this is ripe, open, and very full in style. Super-ripe cassis flavours, broad and fleshy, backed by weighty tannins combined with lovely definition. Finishes with a powerful flourish, very impressive.”



18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“The historic, extensive, 133-ha spread of vineyards upriver from Pinhão now owned by the Symingtons who have been replanting some parcels. Very dark blackish crimson. Reminds me a little of the Noval Nacional for its wildness (and foot sweat?!). Rather heady mix of wild herbs and grasses. Very juicy indeed. Massive impact and drama with great grip on the end. Firm tannic grip after all that appeal. Real pace and excitement. Nervy. Convincing dry finish.”





2015

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 



95 Pointz James Suckling


“Extremely aromatic with violet, blackberry, and blueberry character. Full body, beautiful center palate, and length. Tight and focused. Goes on for minutes. Super quality. Try in 2026.”



95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

 

“The 2015 Vintage Port Quinta do Vesuvio is a blend of Touriga Nacional 60%, Touriga Franca 30% and Sousão 10%. It comes in at 113 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is beautifully balanced, but still a "wow" because of its terrific fruit. It is packed with luscious and intensely flavorful fruit, laced with some dark plum and baked cherry nuances. The concentration is good—not exceptional, perhaps, but it shows fine precision on the delicious finish, too. As is the case with most 2015s, it is also rather elegant and very fresh, the fruit lifted and well defined, never sloppy. It tightens noticeably with air, proving that its backbone can't be discounted. It should age very well but be approachable a bit on the younger side, too. It could certainly use time in the cellar, the more the better if you like complexity, but it should be in fairly decent shape around 2030 or so. I personally would like to leave it another 10 years beyond that, but that's up to you. If you insist on diving in sooner, that's also up to you (and if you twist my arm, I will confess that the fruit is very attractive, perhaps even irresistible just now). This is one of the most intriguing Symington 2015s, perhaps my personal pick of the litter (although there are some competitors). It has some upside potential, too. If it never achieves more, it will still have you oohing and aahing throughout its useful life. This has been released. There were 11,400 bottles produced, plus some large-format offerings.”



94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Full of ripe fruit, this wine is rich while also having a delicately perfumed character. With its spice, generous fruits, and sense of poise, it will age well. Drink from 2027.”



93 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“This vast quinta has 329 acres of vines spread over 806 acres on the winding left bank of the Douro. This complex, steep terrain allows for significant variations in exposures and altitude, which may be a key to the estate’s success in the 2015 vintage. Deep purple in color, richly concentrated in fruit, this wine seemed like a Graham’s when we tasted it blind (both are made by Charles Symington). The supple dark-chocolate savor of the tannins and the powerful black-skinned blueberry flavors are, in fact, a bit drier than the Graham’s 2015 Stone Terraces (also recommended here), though no less grand.”



92 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Expressive, with plum, blackberry, and blueberry paste flavors that have a juicy edge along with lively licorice snap and suave dark chocolate notes. Lots of plum skin and cobbler details fill in on the finish. Best from 2030 through 2040. 950 cases made.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



94 Pointz Decanter


“From a magnificent property in the Douro Superior, picked relatively late after the rain: rich and heady on the nose with ripe blackberry jam fruit and a touch of aromatic esteva (gum cistus); opulent palate, sun-drenched fruit backed by big, ripe velvety tannins and a tannic finish. Full, round, and satisfying; weight and finesse. 1,000 cases made.”




2013

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews

 


95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Quinta do Vesuvio's 2013 Vintage Port is a blend of 65% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Barroca, 12% Alicante Bouschet and 13% combined of Touriga Franca and Sousão. It comes in at 110 grams per liter of residual sugar. This was bottled in 2015 after 18 months in used oak vats. Seeming full-bodied and quite dry in perception when opened, it kept getting sexier with air and time, the sugar and the sweet fruit eventually popping up. At the day day mark, it was irresistible and sensationally delicious. This inky black Vesuvio was probably my favorite Single Quinta in this report, although admittedly the beautiful Dow's makes it a close call and may have even more upside. If I had to pick one, though, this would likely be it. This is the sexier and more aromatic of the two. The Dow is more controlled and brooding, just a bit harder to read. They are both wonderful, though. On opening, this preened in its power, but its signature features will be the tasty fruit and powerful aromatics. That was, admittedly, not completely clear at first. Gripping and lingering on the finish, it is gorgeously constructed, nicely concentrated and it has more upside with cellaring than most of the 2013s I've been tasting. This needs some cellaring to become more expressive and softer. It should be worth the wait. Notes: This Douro Superior Quinta was acquired by the Symingtons in 1989. There were 750 nine-liter cases produced.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Elegant and full of crushed red raspberry, macerated cherry, and dark plum flavors. Shows good grip, with an integrated finish of dark chocolate, accented by floral notes. Best after 2020. 150 cases imported.”

 


2012

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 



94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“The power of this wine is palpable. Great swaths of rich berry fruits roll around the palate with a not-too-sweet juicy acidity. It is, of course, young, powered by tannins, sweet plum juice, and an intensely ripe structure. It needs many years, so don't drink before 2030.”



92 Pointz James Suckling


“Extremely ripe yet only lightly jammy with dark berries, licorice, and flowers. Lilac and roses too. Full body, medium sweet and round tannins plus a fruity finish. A soft and friendly wine. Drink in 2022.”




2011

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews

 


98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“An elegant style, full of well-spiced, juicy flavors of raspberry, boysenberry, and blueberry that extend with lively acidity and well-integrated tannins. Unctuous and succulent on the finish, which oozes with molten chocolate. Best after 2025.”



96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Red and black berries bring out the richness of the year, masking the seriously tannic structure. The wine has great spice, richness, and a dark, smoky core of powerful tannins. For long-term aging, but delicious now.”



95 Pointz James Suckling


“Aromas of flowers and berries with hints of dried fruits. Full body, medium sweet with solid tannins and a powerful palate. This goes on for minutes. Extremely well-made. 1,250 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Better in 2022.”




94 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar



“Bright, deep ruby. Knockout perfume nose combines blackberry, blueberry, licorice, and violet, conveying an impression of sweetness and energy. Savory and gripping on the palate, with a primary sweetness to the fresh black cherry and dark berry flavors. Wonderfully smooth already and very rich and long on the aftertaste. Will rely as much on its sound acidity as on its well-integrated tannins for longevity.”



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2011 Quinta do Vesuvio has a primal bouquet with heady scents of macerated dark cherries, boysenberry jam, and a slight fug of alcohol that should be integrated by the time of bottling. The palate is very rounded with sweet ripe tannins, plenty of raisin-tinged black fruit, and delicate touches of cracked black pepper and shaved ginger on the cohesive finish. This is a superb Quinta do Vesuvio.”



90 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“This grand quinta on the south bank of the Douro, a vast vineyard developed by António Bernardo Ferreira in the 1820s, has been under restoration by the Symingtons since they purchased the property in 1989. The 2011 is a hedonist’s Port, a blend of fruit off new plantings and mature vines (an average of 35 years old). It’s heady with bright blueberry flavor, jasmine scents, and dusty schist tannins. The wine’s warm burn lasts, surrounded in fruit flavor, integrated into a voluptuous texture. This will likely reach its peak around 15 years from the vintage.” 



2008


Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews

 


93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A full-throttle, full-bodied Port, exhibiting lively raspberry and cassis flavors that features plenty of grip. Lush creamy notes carry through to the chocolate mousse infused finish. Best from 2015 through 2025.600 cases made.” 



91 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Structured wine, shouting of its dark schist terroir. Bitter chocolate and spicy fruit set an attractive frame for the acidity. With plenty of weight to go with the tannins, this will age well.” 



90 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“2008 Porto A luscious, velvety Port, this is draped in black, plummy fruit flavor. The fruit is warm and spicy, the structure soft underneath. A sweet vintage of Vesuvio, this will likely be at its best around ten to 12 years of age.” 




2007

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews



94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 


“With its delicious juicy character, and blackberry jelly sweetness, this is a ripe wine, packed with fruit. It is sustained by a core of tannins and some herbal bitterness offering a good contrast to all the opulence and richness.” 


 

2006

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 



94 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“The steep, conical hill at Vesuvio grew a completely Douro and completely delicious wine in 2006. The fresh scent of cherries and the earthier mineral schist meld into an intoxicating fragrance that develops across the luscious exposition of the flavors. The structure is about sophistication rather than sheer power, firm yet supple and accessible. Catch a bottle before it shuts down, then cellar a cache for ten years or more.”



91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The Quinta do Vesuvio 2006 appears to have improved considerably since I last tasted it in 2008, principally because it has developed greater length and cohesion. It has a very intense bouquet with macerated black cherries, dates, iodine, and a touch of violets: precise, crisp, and already demonstrating youthful intensity. The palate is full-bodied and luscious, opulent, and powerful with a velvety texture. There are layers of succulent dark black fruits with black plum, fig, blueberry, and just a touch of alcohol on the finish. This is a spirited, ebullient Vesuvio that will repay cellaring and should continue to improve in bottle. Drink 2020-2040. Tasted October 2011.”




2001

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 




91 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“A brooding nose of sullen blackberries and earth presages a wine that shows wonderful balance between fruit, alcohol, acidity, and tannin. It's not a huge, extracted Port, but one that carries itself with grace, finishing with good length and soft tannins.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Very sweet and round and utterly seductive. Spicy and attractive. Good lift, very appetising. This tastes as though you could approach it quite soon?”




2000

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 



94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Mature now, with a supple feel to its mix of cassis, plum, and blackberry compote notes that have fully melded with licorice root, toffee, and toasted sesame accents. There's a plush feel to the finish, with a late finishing kick of fruitcake.”



93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Quinta do Vesuvio is owned by the Symington family but managed separately from the family’s shipping brands (Dow, Graham, Warre). Vesuvio’s immense terraces and vast open lagares for fermentation have produced a suitably dense, dark, brooding 2000, perfumed with violets and bursting with solid tannins. This is a great vintage wine.”



92 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Saturated ruby-purple. Superripe, primal aromas of black raspberry, maple syrup, and dark chocolate; very sweet but also highly aromatic. Lush, chewy, very sweet, and rich, with outstanding depth of black fruit and spice flavor. Hugely rich and ripe but not over the top. Serious, ripe tannins are currently covered by baby fat, making this very broad, thick, slightly spirity wine deceptively approachable now.”



91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Quinta do Vesuvio's saturated blue/purple color is more dense than many of its peers. Impressive in the mouth, with full body, sweet creme de cassis, and blackberry liqueur intermixed with smoke, earth, and spice, this sensual effort possesses elegance allied to power and authority. Complex, fat, rich, and intense, it is an exceptionally stylish, graceful effort…”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



17/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Complex, fat, rich, and intense, it is an exceptionally stylish, graceful effort.”




1999

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews




17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Very, very big and rich and slightly raisiny. But so much there. Dry finish. Very concentrated. Long. Really dry. Vital. Correct.”




1997

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 



91 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Lovely sweet toffee, toasted peanut, and black tea notes start this off, with warm brown bread, mulled currant, and fig fruit flavors filling in behind. Shows some maturity through the finish, but this will hang around a bit longer.”



90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“A delicious, forward, dark saturated ruby/purple-colored port, this 1997 reveals copious quantities of jammy, grapy, black fruit flavors intermixed with earth and spice, full body, and silky tannin.”





1996

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 



90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Impressive. Dark purple in color, with lots of pretty plum, floral and berry aromas. Full-bodied, with very racy tannins and a long, long, fruity finish. Reserved, it needs time.”


Bonus Reviews

United kingdom



18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Putty/linseed on the nose and very sweet, round and rich. Flattering, lovely, smoky, exciting! Dense. Very, very good! Long, concentrated, explosive.”



1995

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews




95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Cellar Selection

#4 of Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 1998


“A ripe and rich '95 boasting a remarkable essence of crushed berries, this is classic Port. It's full-bodied and quite sweet, with the velvetiest of tannins and a long, long ripe fruit finish.”



 

1994

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port  Reviews 

 


96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Terrific aromas of berries and violets, with a hint of mint. Full-bodied and lightly sweet, with fine, silky tannins that build on the palate and caress the tongue. Outstanding concentration and harmony. Greatest Vesúvio this century.”



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This has an ethereal nose, nice lift with secondary aromas beginning to come through, with blackberry leaf, dried orange peel, a touch of walnut and honey. Expressive, if a little too open-knit. There is a hint of glue just in the background but it does not get in the way. The palate is very well balance, quite suave with very fine tannins, with subtle hints of cloves, dried herbs, and a touch of capsicum with elegant very supple finish. Excellent.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



95 Pointz Decanter


“Highly recommended in 1998 and the same again this time round. It's deep and dark with lovely opulent aromas of plums, cherries, and lifted blossom. It's rich and luxurious with dense, ripe, minty fruit with firm tannins to back it up. A wonderfully solid finish. Complete.”



17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Dark blackish crimson. Rich and sumptuous. Chestnuts and super-round. Very pure and polished tannins. Lovely now.”



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