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Less than $15

Aug. 22, 2014: CANTINA CELLARO Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane Lumà 2012 (88 points, $10)

Pretty violet and wild strawberry notes accent this fresh, well-balanced red, with light tannins fleshed out by flavors of crushed black raspberry and hints of ground anise, gumdrop and mocha. Drink now through 2019. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 50,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

$15 to $30

Aug. 22, 2014: BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Chardonnay Mendoza 2013 (89 points, $20)

Rich and well-crafted, with plenty of creamy notes to the plush flavors of apple strudel, pear tart and baked pineapple. Tarragon accents give the finish good lift. Drink now through 2016. 15,000 cases imported. —Kim Marcus

More than $30

Aug. 22, 2014: FEUDI DI SAN GREGORIO Irpinia Passito Privilegio 2012 (91 points, $64)

Harmonious and mouthwatering, this lush and creamy dessert wine offers flavors of honeyed apricot, baked peach, almond financier, candied orange zest and white chocolate. The tangy acidity keeps this focused through to the fleur de sel-tinged finish. Drink now through 2024. 667 cases made. —Alison Napjus

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