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Less than $15

Jul. 31, 2014: VIÑA PALO ALTO Sauvignon Blanc Maule Valley Reserva 2013 (88 points, $11)

A fresh-tasting white, with snappy flavors of ripe apple, Meyer lemon and Asian pear that feature accents of lush spiciness. Green herb and flint notes emerge on the crisp, balanced finish. Drink now. 58,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

$15 to $30

Jul. 31, 2014: PAXTON Shiraz McLaren Vale MV 2012 (91 points, $22)

Fresh and vibrant, this full-bodied style offers juicy currant and blackberry flavors at the center, floating through the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2020. 3,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

More than $30

Jul. 31, 2014: AVENNIA Sestina Columbia Valley 2011 (93 points, $55)

Fine, powdery tannins surround a glowing core of blackberry, currant, licorice and dried sage flavors that pulse enticingly through a long and vivid finish. Elegant and almost approachable now, but give this time. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2016 through 2022. 250 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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