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$15 to $30

Aug. 13, 2014: RUSTENBERG John X Merriman Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2011 (92 points, $30)

This has gorgeous flavors of dark plum, currant preserves and fig paste, enlivened with licorice snap, fruitcake and black tea notes. Solidly grippy, but polished and well-integrated overall, featuring a lovely iron note buried on the finish. Nice to see this historic cuvée trending up again. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2015 through 2020. 3,435 cases made. —James Molesworth

Aug. 12, 2014: RIDGE Three Valleys Sonoma County 2012 (88 points, $26)

Easygoing and zesty, with raspberry and dill aromas and soft flavors of cherry, herb and spicy cedar. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2019. 29,000 cases made. —Tim Fish

Aug. 11, 2014: KLINKER BRICK Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2012 (88 points, $19)

Dusty raspberry and spice aromas pair with ripe flavors of dried cherry, black licorice and jerky. Drink now through 2018. 37,000 cases made. —Tim Fish

Aug. 09, 2014: EMILIO LUSTAU Pedro Ximénez Jerez San Emilio Solera Reserva NV (91 points, $29)

Delivers the weight you expect from a PX, but with fresher cut. The singed walnut, brown bread, ginger, ganache and Turkish coffee notes are allied to a mouthwatering spearmint and treacle spine. Features good energy through the finish to match the mouthcoating feel. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Aug. 08, 2014: BARON-FUENTÉ Brut Champagne Grande Réserve NV (89 points, $30)

A firm bead and lively acidity structure this broad bubbly, with tightly knit flavors of white raspberry, candied lemon zest, pickled ginger and salted almond. Drink now through 2017. 60,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

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