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$15 to $30

Jul. 19, 2014: MONTECI Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Ambasciata del Buon Vino 2009 (89 points, $24)

This shows fine harmony between the plump and juicy plum sauce and blackberry coulis fruit character, revealing lightly grippy tannins and bright acidity. Subtle grilled herb, black olive and espresso notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 36,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Jul. 18, 2014: LANGTRY Petite Sirah Lake County Guenoc 2012 (89 points, $20)

Full-bodied, with robust wild blackberry and blueberry flavors at the core. Smoky black tea, caraway seed, white pepper and gingerbread accents linger on the finish, where the tannins firm up. Drink now through 2025. 2,042 cases made. —MaryAnn Worobiec

Jul. 17, 2014: CHALONE Chardonnay Chalone 2012 (89 points, $27)

Trim and leesy, with enough richness and intensity midpalate on to sustain itself, showing a creamy touch to the fig, apricot and green apple flavors. Drink now. 4,080 cases made. —James Laube

Jul. 16, 2014: PHILIPPINE DE ST.-CYRILLE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grande Réserve 2011 (91 points, $25)

Gorgeous warm cocoa, ganache and espresso notes lead the way, followed by macerated fig, blackberry paste and warm plum sauce flavors. Dense and loamy through the finish. Shows impressive density for the vintage. Best from 2016 through 2026. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 6,665 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jul. 15, 2014: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Indian Wells Red Blend Columbia Valley 2011 (89 points, $18)

Lithe and appealing, with a vibrant core of red berry, cherry, floral and spice flavors, coming together seamlessly on the polished finish. Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and others. Drink now through 2018. 55,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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