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Less than $15

Dec. 19, 2014: FATTORIA LAILA Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2013 (87 points, $12)

Bright and stylish, offering a plump mouthfeel and a mix of creamed Asian pear, vanilla, ground ginger and shortbread, with a fresh finish of modest length. Drink now. 6,700 cases made. —Alison Napjus

$15 to $30

Dec. 19, 2014: GIANNI GAGLIARDO Dolcetto d'Alba Paulin 2012 (89 points, $21)

Bright and juicy, with blackberry, blueberry and chocolate flavors. Harmonious and lip-smacking, with a lingering aftertaste. Drink now. 7,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

More than $30

Dec. 19, 2014: QUIXOTE Petite Syrah Napa Valley Helmet Of Mambrino Stags' Leap Ranch 2011 (94 points, $100)

A dark, fragrant and expressive red, showing accents of fresh forest floor and loam to the flavors of wild blueberry and blackberry, along with licorice, rosemary and espresso details. Thick, velvety tannins and a spicy finish give this wine extra charm. Drink now through 2026. 1,600 cases made. —MaryAnn Worobiec

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