daily wine picks

Less than $15

Mar. 03, 2015: PENFOLDS Chardonnay South Australia Koonunga Hill 2013 (87 points, $10)

A light and silky white, with refreshing acidity to the soft-textured pear and green apple flavors. A lime hint adds to the finish. Drink now through 2016. 20,000 cases imported. —Harvey Steiman

$15 to $30

Mar. 03, 2015: CHÂTEAU DALEM Fronsac 2012 (90 points, $30)

This is solidly ripe, with plum, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit notes forming the core, while black licorice and fruitcake details fill in on the finish. Has a good dose of roasted wood for spine, melding nicely with the fruit. Drink now through 2020. 3,750 cases made. —James Molesworth

More than $30

Mar. 03, 2015: SIDURI Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Parsons' Vineyard 2012 (93 points, $48)

Big yet deftly balanced, presenting rich blackberry, blueberry and raspberry notes, with toasty and smoky oak, ending with a fistful of chewy tannins. The flavors push past the tannic finish. Should reward short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2023. 258 cases made. —James Laube

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