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Less than $15

Dec. 18, 2014: KWV Chardonnay Western Cape Classic Collection 2012 (87 points, $10)

Bright, with lively green apple, kiwifruit and pear skin notes. Offers a slightly tangy, unadorned finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 100,390 cases made. —James Molesworth

$15 to $30

Dec. 18, 2014: DUNHAM Trutina Columbia Valley 2011 (88 points, $29)

Firm in texture, with smoky overtones to the licorice and black fruit flavors, lingering on a medium-weight frame. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2015 through 2017. 5,200 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

More than $30

Dec. 18, 2014: JEAN-NOËL HATON Brut Champagne Réserve NV (91 points, $50)

A racy Champagne, with a subtle, smoky base note underscoring the flavors of black raspberry, pastry, lemon zest and white peach puree. Tightly knit and creamy through to the spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

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