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Less than $15

Jul. 30, 2014: CASTLE ROCK Pinot Noir California California Cuvée 2012 (86 points, $11)

Presents a flavor profile of savory dried berry, crushed rock, rhubarb and wild strawberry that's intriguing but also quite tannic. Drink now through 2019. 80,000 cases made. —James Laube

$15 to $30

Jul. 30, 2014: VIGNERONS DE CARACTÈRE Vacqueyras Collection du Rhône 2012 (89 points, $24)

Alluring toasted wood spice, anise and fruitcake notes lead the way, followed by steeped plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit. Spice accents line the finish, with a hint of singed cedar peeking in. Shows good length and definition. Drink now through 2016. 60,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

More than $30

Jul. 30, 2014: PATRICK PIUZE Chablis Bougros 2012 (94 points, $70)

Richly textured and full of honey and spice notes, with accents of melon, apple and lemon fruit. A base of tangy acidity gives this a long, mouthwatering impression. Best from 2016 through 2028. 420 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

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