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Less than $15

Dec. 23, 2014: CHARLES SMITH Pinot Grigio Washington Vino 2012 (87 points, $12)

Light and open-textured, dry and refreshing, this offers melon and lemon peel flavors, lingering with bracing acidity. Drink now. 24,191 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

$15 to $30

Dec. 23, 2014: ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS Malbec Uco Valley Reserve 2012 (90 points, $30)

A powerful red, loaded with acidity, offering firm, refined flavors of dark plum, mineral and cherry tart. Complex and layered, presenting sandalwood and spice notes. Dark chocolate and cream details show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 6,500 cases made. —Kim Marcus

More than $30

Dec. 23, 2014: TWO HANDS Shiraz Barossa Valley Coach House Block Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road Greenock 2012 (95 points, $127)

Plush and powerful, with a salvo of black cherry, blackberry, currant and spice box pushing through layers of fine tannins and coming out the other side with exuberant aromatics. The finish loses no momentum carrying these flavors in a big but relatively agile package. Best from 2017 through 2025. 250 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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