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Less than $15

Dec. 22, 2014: COLUMBIA CREST Merlot Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2012 (89 points, $12)

Velvety, focused and generous, with black cherry and coffee flavors, hinting at dark chocolate as the finish extends. Drink now through 2017. 215,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

$15 to $30

Dec. 22, 2014: LOUIS DE SACY Brut Champagne Originel NV (90 points, $30)

Aromatic, with smoke, ripe damson plum and blackberry notes riding the creamy mousse, layered with accents of lightly charred toast, golden raisin and roasted nut. Tangy finish. Drink now through 2018. 11,600 cases made. —Alison Napjus

More than $30

Dec. 22, 2014: TEDESCHI Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 (91 points, $58)

Expressive, with date, dried fig, floral, herb, mocha and melted licorice notes backed by mouthwatering acidity and suave tannins. Refined and silky in texture, with a long, spiced finish. Drink now through 2029. 1,800 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

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