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Less than $15

Aug. 28, 2014: TILIA Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 (87 points, $12)

A fresh white, with good balance and crispness to the apple, citrus and pear flavors. Subtle oak and spice accents emerge on the clean finish. Drink now. 12,000 cases imported. —Kim Marcus

$15 to $30

Aug. 28, 2014: HESS SELECT Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012 (88 points, $20)

A taut mix of red and dark berry, creamy oak, spice and fresh-turned earth flavors, this features a texture that goes from supple to firm on the finish. A tasty Pinot for the price. Drink now through 2020. 9,900 cases made. —James Laube

More than $30

Aug. 28, 2014: CHÂTEAU LA NERTHE Châteauneuf-du-Pape White 2013 (91 points, $59)

Shows good zip, with a stony spine driving through the core of white peach, heather, bitter citrus and green almond notes. The long, racy finish leaves an echo of quinine. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Drink now through 2018. 300 cases imported. —James Molesworth

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