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Less than $15

Oct. 22, 2014: 14 HANDS Chardonnay Washington 2012 (87 points, $12)

Soft and spicy, with clove and nutmeg overtones to the pear and citrus flavors, finishing gently. Drink now. 143,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

$15 to $30

Oct. 22, 2014: ELK COVE Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 (90 points, $29)

Fresh and vibrant, showing polish to its currant and blackberry flavors. Finishes with density and finesse. Drink now through 2020. 17,300 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

More than $30

Oct. 22, 2014: RUTHERFORD HILL Barrel Select Napa Valley 2011 (91 points, $35)

Sleek and well-structured, no easy feat for 2011. Aromas of black cherry, tomato leaf and mocha open to fleshy flavors that wrap around a core of balanced tannins and acidity. Notes of red currant, fresh herb and cedar lace the finish. Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made. —Tim Fish

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