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$15 to $30

Dec. 15, 2014: MILBRANDT Merlot Wahluke Slope The Estates 2011 (90 points, $26)

Polished, ripe and opulent, with blueberry and black cherry flavors, and mocha and pepper overtones underlined by sharp acidity. Has intensity and depth. Needs time to soften the edges. Best from 2016 through 2021. 3,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 13, 2014: L'ECOLE NO. 41 Sémillon Columbia Valley 2013 (90 points, $15)

Light and refreshing, this white offers flavors of tangy tangerine peel and grapefruit that pick up a creamy fig note as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2016. 4,800 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 12, 2014: PACIFIC RIM Chenin Blanc Yakima Valley Hahn Hill Vineyard 2013 (89 points, $15)

Fresh and vibrant, offering an explosion of pear, floral and spice aromas and flavors that dash through the open texture and linger on the soft finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 11, 2014: CHARLES SMITH Syrah Columbia Valley Boom Boom! 2013 (90 points, $15)

Fresh, lively and sleek, with red berry, raspberry and spice box flavors in a neat package, lingering expressively. Drink now through 2017. 34,740 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 10, 2014: PATIENT COTTAT Sancerre Anciennes Vignes 2013 (89 points, $29)

A honeysuckle note gives way to lemon curd, gooseberry and flint notes before a whiff of flint chimes in on the finish. Pure and fresh, with good density for the vintage. Drink now. 4,000 cases imported. —James Molesworth

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