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Jan. 02, 2015: BODEGA NORTON Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza Reserva 2012 (91 points, $19)

A suave red, offering concentrated red plum, dark cherry and mulberry flavors that feature notes of black licorice and forest floor. The powerful finish is filled with dark chocolate accents that linger with hints of mint. Drink now through 2020. 20,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Jan. 01, 2015: BODEGAS VIÑA MAGAÑA Navarra Barón de Magaña 2009 (90 points, $25)

This round red offers ripe fruit flavors of cherry and plum, backed by toast and light earthy notes. Well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity impart structure. Shows depth and harmony. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Syrah. Drink now through 2019. 2,300 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

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

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