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Less than $15

Oct. 23, 2014: MILBRANDT Riesling Columbia Valley Traditions Evergreen Vineyard 2013 (88 points, $13)

A soft and minerally white, with a talcum powder feel to the gentle apple and spice flavors, lingering quietly. Drink now through 2016. 10,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

$15 to $30

Oct. 23, 2014: ELK COVE Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2013 (89 points, $19)

Smooth and polished, with creamy flavors of pear and grapefruit that glide easily into an expressive finish. Drink now. 17,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

More than $30

Oct. 23, 2014: DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2012 (96 points, $121)

Tightly coiled for now, this features an intense, vivid core of anise, blackberry coulis, plum paste and macerated fig fruit, with black tea, smoldering tobacco and warm ganache notes. Long and dense, but very silky, with gorgeous violet and pastis details lingering in the background. Should unwind with time. Best from 2017 through 2035. 390 cases imported. —James Molesworth

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