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$15 to $30

Dec. 31, 2014: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2012 (91 points, $25)

Supple and expressive, with a polished texture around a precise core of pear, toasted coconut and clotted cream flavors, finishing with gentle persistence. Drink now through 2019. 5,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 30, 2014: ALTO DE CASABLANCA Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Ritual 2012 (89 points, $20)

Concentrated flavors of red berry and currant show plenty of leafy notes, along with a suave minerality. This is bright and well-spiced on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 8,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Dec. 29, 2014: POET'S LEAP Riesling Columbia Valley 2013 (89 points, $20)

This refreshing style plays ripe apple, lime, lemon blossom and green peach flavors against vibrant acidity, finishing tart, with finesse. Drink now through 2017. 4,125 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 27, 2014: BRUNO GIACOSA Roero Arneis 2013 (88 points, $30)

A fine lemon element underscores this lively white. Notes of apple and straw round out the flavors, while the acidity keeps this persistent on the finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 26, 2014: NINO NEGRI Valtellina Superiore Quadrio 2010 (90 points, $20)

Rich, with a base note of tarry smoke, this remains elegant and medium-bodied overall, showing mouthwatering acidity and fine integration. Dried mint and thyme aromatics lace the dried strawberry and cherry fruit, offset with star anise and beef bouillon details. Offers a lightly chewy finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,300 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

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