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$15 to $30

Oct. 02, 2014: STOLLER Chardonnay Dundee Hills 2013 (89 points, $20)

Light and polished, with apricot notes accenting the pear and apple fruit. Finishes with lively acidity. Drink now through 2018. 2,100 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Oct. 01, 2014: ROBERT MONDAVI Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 (88 points, $28)

Tight, with firm, gripping tannins dominant now, shadowing ripe currant and blackberry flavors. Ends fresh and snappy. Drink now through 2022. 115,469 cases made. —James Laube

Sep. 30, 2014: BODEGAS ONTAÑON Tempranillo-Graciano Rioja Reserva 2005 (91 points, $24)

Smokey and sanguine notes frame a core of plum and dried cherry in this savory red, with accents of tobacco, mineral and earth. Maturing gracefully, with well-integrated tannins that give way to the spicy finish. Drink now through 2020. 4,000 cases imported. —Thomas Matthews

Sep. 29, 2014: BRAIDA DI GIACOMO BOLOGNA Barbera d'Asti Montebruna 2012 (90 points, $24)

This nicely oaked, vanilla- and toast-inflected red shows a rich core of black cherry, plum and subtle chocolate flavors. Needs a little time to absorb the tannins. Best from 2016 through 2021. 7,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Sep. 27, 2014: PACIFIC RIM Gewürztraminer Yakima Valley Twin Vineyards 2013 (90 points, $15)

Light and silky, gentle and appealing, with varietally distinctive clove, cinnamon and apricot overtones around a lightly sweet core of stone fruit and citrus. Drink now through 2016. 3,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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