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Feb. 19, 2015: ROBERT MONDAVI Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012 (88 points, $19)

Pure and direct, with ripe pear, green apple, light cedar and vanilla-scented oak, followed by a clean, refreshing finish. Drink now through 2019. 48,438 cases made. —James Laube

Feb. 18, 2015: BODEGAS TOBÍA Rioja Óscar Tobía Reserva 2010 (91 points, $25)

This polished red shows focused flavors of black cherry, cranberry, licorice and mineral that are juicy and lively, with crisp, orange peel acidity and fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2020. 3,441 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Feb. 17, 2015: LAFOND Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills SRH 2012 (91 points, $27)

Combines delicacy with finesse, featuring a subtle mix of candied apple, strawberry, blueberry and wilted rose notes, with fine-grained, earth-laced tannins that linger. Drink now through 2023. 2,873 cases made. —James Laube

Feb. 16, 2015: FATTORIA POGGIOPIANO Chianti Classico 2011 (90 points, $23)

An elegant version, offering pure cherry and strawberry flavors, with a touch of bitter almond and leather. This is backed by vivid acidity, while pointed tannins rule the finish for now. Good length. Best from 2016 through 2024. 12,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Feb. 14, 2015: TRADICIÓ PONS Costers del Segre Clos Pons Alges 2010 (91 points, $23)

This generous red shows a balance of fruity and savory elements, with plum and black cherry flavors mingling with tobacco, cedar and licorice notes. Firm tannins support the fleshy texture, and balsamic acidity keeps the finish lively. Tempranillo, Syrah and Garnacha. Drink now through 2020. 6,500 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

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