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Less than $15

Dec. 25, 2014: MULDERBOSCH Cabernet Sauvignon Coastal Region Rosé 2014 (85 points, $14)

Has a slight off-dry hint, with cherry, watermelon and red licorice notes all lingering through the finish. Drink now. 120,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

$15 to $30

Dec. 25, 2014: TEDESCHI Valpolicella Classico Lucchine 2013 (88 points, $15)

Well-balanced, this light- to medium-bodied red shows an expressive core of tangy black currant and blackberry fruit, with ground anise, smoke and lots of aromatic dried herb and cured tobacco notes. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

More than $30

Dec. 25, 2014: B LEIGHTON Syrah Yakima Valley Olsen Brothers Vineyard 2012 (91 points, $45)

Earthy, gamy overtones add complexity to the ripe black cherry and oatmeal flavors. Wet earth notes are more prominent on the finish. This has depth and a distinctive personality. Best from 2016 through 2020. 105 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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