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Less than $15

Aug. 29, 2014: CANTINE FRANCESCO MININI Merlot Terre Siciliane Villa Pozzi 2013 (87 points, $10)

Accents of vanilla and baking spices lace the ripe cassis and black olive notes in this well-balanced, open-knit red. Offers a juicy, expressive finish. Drink now through 2017. 30,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

$15 to $30

Aug. 29, 2014: CHÂTEAU NOTRE-DAME DU QUATOURZE Coteaux du Languedoc Nautica White 2011 (88 points, $20)

Offers a spicy aroma, with rich flavors of ripe apple, Bosc pear and melon, loaded with crisp acidity and focused minerality. Shows hints of buttercream, with mild curry accents on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 6,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

More than $30

Aug. 29, 2014: DELAFORCE Vintage Port 2011 (93 points, $70)

Powerfully fruity, with deep, rich flavors of dark plum, raspberry preserves and violet, accented by plenty of ripe, spicy notes. Dark chocolate and allspice accents linger on the long finish, revealing hints of cardamom and ginger. Best from 2020 through 2040. 500 cases made. —Kim Marcus

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