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$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

Jul. 29, 2014: LA BRACCESCA Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010 (91 points, $25)

A pretty red, offering strawberry, raspberry, tobacco and spice flavors. This is backed by firm tannins and lively acidity, but stays balanced and long with a chewy finish. Best from 2016 through 2026. 2,000 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

Jul. 28, 2014: VICTOIRE Brut Champagne Prestige NV (90 points, $30)

Apricot tart and brioche flavors mix with toasted almond, floral, preserved lemon and candied ginger notes in this harmonious Champagne, topped off with a creamy mousse. Features a lasting, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019. 10,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Jul. 26, 2014: ANTONIO BARBADILLO Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda Solear NV (90 points, $15)

Very high-pitched, with bright chalk, chamomile, salt and lemon seed notes. The vigorous finish has serious cut. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jul. 25, 2014: BODEGA MATARROMERA Toro Cyan Crianza 2010 (90 points, $26)

Espresso and licorice notes give this firm red a slightly austere character, but the solid structure and polished texture are promising. A core of plum and black olive rounds this out. Drink now through 2025. 15,900 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

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