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$15 to $30

Dec. 22, 2014: LOUIS DE SACY Brut Champagne Originel NV (90 points, $30)

Aromatic, with smoke, ripe damson plum and blackberry notes riding the creamy mousse, layered with accents of lightly charred toast, golden raisin and roasted nut. Tangy finish. Drink now through 2018. 11,600 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Dec. 20, 2014: OWEN ROE Syrah Columbia Valley Ex Umbris 2012 (91 points, $28)

Focused, dense and polished, with blackberry, cherry and floral flavors on a glassy, smooth texture, lingering easily and showing some transparency on the finish. Has intensity and grace. Drink now through 2018. 4,906 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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

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