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$15 to $30

Aug. 15, 2014: CUVELIER LOS ANDES Colección Mendoza 2011 (89 points, $20)

A juicy style, with fresh boysenberry, plum and raspberry flavors supported by crisp acidity and muscular tannins. Notes of tar and slate show on the dense, chewy finish. Needs some time to settle down. Best from 2015 through 2021. 5,000 cases imported. —Kim Marcus

Aug. 14, 2014: MICHAEL DAVID Sauvignon Blanc California 2012 (88 points, $16)

Bright and floral, with honeysuckle and rose petal aromatics, accented by peach, apricot and citrus flavors, showing a touch of wild honey. A crisp, smooth, refreshing expression. Drink now. 2,700 cases made. —MaryAnn Worobiec

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

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