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$15 to $30

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

Jul. 14, 2014: THE NED Pinot Noir Marlborough Southern Valleys 2012 (88 points, $18)

Generous raspberry and cherry flavors have velvety tannins, with savory details of forest floor, spice and mineral, followed by a refreshing juicy note on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 10,000 cases made. —MaryAnn Worobiec

Jul. 12, 2014: PIERRE BONIFACE Vin de Savoie Apremont Vieilles Vignes 2012 (88 points, $20)

Shows fresh-cut Jonagold apple and green melon notes, followed by a hint of pear. Features a juicy feel through the lightly buttered finish. Jacquére. Drink now. 8,330 cases made. —James Molesworth

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