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Less than $15

Jul. 24, 2014: PARDUCCI Merlot Mendocino County Small Lot Blend 2011 (84 points, $13)

Rather generic, although soft and juicy, with sweet raspberry and spice flavors. Drink now through 2016. 12,000 cases made. —Tim Fish

$15 to $30

Jul. 24, 2014: JOSEPH MELLOT Pouilly-Fumé Le Chant des Vignes 2013 (88 points, $20)

The stone-edged lemon peel, white peach and straw notes are lively, with a mouthwatering edge through the finish. Drink now. 8,500 cases made. —James Molesworth

More than $30

Jul. 24, 2014: BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS MONTEABELLÓN Tempranillo Ribera del Duero 24 Meses en Barrica 2008 (91 points, $42)

This polished red shows balance and depth, with blackberry, cocoa, licorice and mineral flavors, accented by fresh herb and black pepper notes. The tannins are firm and well-integrated, presenting lively acidity. Drink now through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,250 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

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