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$15 to $30

Sep. 17, 2014: BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Malbec Mendoza 2012 (90 points, $24)

An intense red, showing concentrated flavors of dark plum, kirsch, dried beef and baker's chocolate flanked by notes of tobacco leaf and ginger. The powerful finish is filled with sanguine details. Drink now through 2010. 100,000 cases imported. —Kim Marcus

Sep. 16, 2014: MONTGRAS Syrah Colchagua Valley Antu Ninquén 2012 (91 points, $19)

Ripe and rich, with smoky notes to the dried raspberry and dark plum flavors. Meat accents linger on the cream- and chocolate-filled finish. A harmonious style that finely balances the fruit and savory components. Drink now through 2019. 7,200 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Sep. 15, 2014: BODEGAS DEL PALACIO DE FEFIÑANES Albariño Rias Baixas 2013 (89 points, $26)

Floral and briny notes play off each other in this crisp white, framing modest peach and citrus flavors in a light, firm texture. Quite tart, but should round out with food. Drink now. 10,400 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Sep. 13, 2014: FIRRIATO Sicilia Santagostino Baglio Soria Red 2011 (91 points, $23)

Aromas and flavors of bacon fat and mesquite smoke mix with ripe black cherry, licorice snap, mocha and mint in this expressive red, with fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity. Elegant through to the aromatic, coffee-tinged finish. Nero d'Avola and Syrah. Drink now through 2024. 70,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Sep. 12, 2014: REDI Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010 (90 points, $30)

Powerful, exhibiting cherry, plum, tobacco and spice flavors allied to a firm structure. Fresh and harmonious in an athletic, taut way, finishing long and evoking spice and earth accents. Best from 2016 through 2024. 4,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

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