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$15 to $30

Dec. 25, 2014: TEDESCHI Valpolicella Classico Lucchine 2013 (88 points, $15)

Well-balanced, this light- to medium-bodied red shows an expressive core of tangy black currant and blackberry fruit, with ground anise, smoke and lots of aromatic dried herb and cured tobacco notes. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

Dec. 24, 2014: ALTO DE CASABLANCA Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Ritual 2013 (88 points, $20)

Offers a spicy aroma, with well-defined flavors of cherry, sandalwood and dried plum. Plush midpalate, with a supple finish that lingers with cardamom and allspice details. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Dec. 23, 2014: ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS Malbec Uco Valley Reserve 2012 (90 points, $30)

A powerful red, loaded with acidity, offering firm, refined flavors of dark plum, mineral and cherry tart. Complex and layered, presenting sandalwood and spice notes. Dark chocolate and cream details show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 6,500 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Dec. 22, 2014: LOUIS DE SACY Brut Champagne Originel NV (90 points, $30)

Aromatic, with smoke, ripe damson plum and blackberry notes riding the creamy mousse, layered with accents of lightly charred toast, golden raisin and roasted nut. Tangy finish. Drink now through 2018. 11,600 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Dec. 20, 2014: OWEN ROE Syrah Columbia Valley Ex Umbris 2012 (91 points, $28)

Focused, dense and polished, with blackberry, cherry and floral flavors on a glassy, smooth texture, lingering easily and showing some transparency on the finish. Has intensity and grace. Drink now through 2018. 4,906 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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