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$15 to $30

Dec. 19, 2014: GIANNI GAGLIARDO Dolcetto d'Alba Paulin 2012 (89 points, $21)

Bright and juicy, with blackberry, blueberry and chocolate flavors. Harmonious and lip-smacking, with a lingering aftertaste. Drink now. 7,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 18, 2014: DUNHAM Trutina Columbia Valley 2011 (88 points, $29)

Firm in texture, with smoky overtones to the licorice and black fruit flavors, lingering on a medium-weight frame. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2015 through 2017. 5,200 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 17, 2014: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard 2013 (88 points, $15)

Fresh and appealing, with open-textured pear and grapefruit flavors, finishing soft. Drink now. 110,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 16, 2014: L'ECOLE NO. 41 Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2013 (91 points, $22)

Rich and round, with spicy white pepper and clove notes around a polished core of pear and red plum flavors, gliding smoothly into a long finish marked with lacy acidity. Drink now through 2017. 4,900 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 15, 2014: MILBRANDT Merlot Wahluke Slope The Estates 2011 (90 points, $26)

Polished, ripe and opulent, with blueberry and black cherry flavors, and mocha and pepper overtones underlined by sharp acidity. Has intensity and depth. Needs time to soften the edges. Best from 2016 through 2021. 3,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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