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Less than $15

Jul. 23, 2014: VIGNERONS DE CARACTÈRE Vin de Pays de Méditerranée Petit Caprice 2012 (87 points, $12)

Chunky black currant and mulled cherry fruit is studded with dark olive and warm tobacco notes. A lively lavender accent on the finish offsets the gutsy feel. Grenache, Merlot and Syrah. Drink now. 34,100 cases made. —James Molesworth

$15 to $30

Jul. 23, 2014: PALI WINE CO. Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Bluffs 2012 (89 points, $23)

An appealing red, offering a well-focused mix of chunky red and dark berry fruit. Touches of spice, cedar and black licorice linger on the finish. Drink now. 2,200 cases made. —James Laube

More than $30

Jul. 23, 2014: WAKEFIELD Riesling Clare Valley St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release 2013 (92 points, $40)

Crisp and tangy, with juicy green pear, apple and white pepper flavors, coming together tidily on the linear finish. Needs time to soften the edges and gain texture. Best from 2016 through 2023. 250 cases imported. —Harvey Steiman

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