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$15 to $30

Jan. 21, 2015: TRIMBACH Pinot Blanc Alsace 2012 (88 points, $18)

Well-meshed and mouthwatering, with a smoky underpinning and subtle notes of lemon curd, poached apricot, beeswax and blanched almond. Drink now through 2019. 3,500 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

Jan. 20, 2015: BERINGER The Waymaker Camatta Hills Vineyard Paso Robles 2012 (87 points, $23)

Pleasantly grapey, with plum, cherry and raspberry fruit that's direct and firmly tannic, if lacking in finesse and dimension. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Drink now through 2023. 5,072 cases made. —James Laube

Jan. 19, 2015: TRIMBACH Pinot Gris Alsace Réserve 2012 (90 points, $26)

An elegant white, with a frame of firm acidity that is well-meshed with a layer of smoky minerality and flavors of dried apricot, toasted almond, lemon curd and herb. Drink now through 2020. 4,000 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

Jan. 17, 2015: BODEGAS PEÑALBA LA VERDE Viño de la Tierra de Castilla y León Vizar Doce Meses 2009 (89 points, $25)

This polished red offers pretty cherry, currant and floral notes, backed by toast and mineral accents. Modestly structured, this is balanced and still very fresh, with a clean, fruity finish. Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2019. 5,146 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Jan. 16, 2015: CIA DES VINOS DEL ATLÁNTICO Priorat Bodegas La Cartuja 2012 (89 points, $18)

Supple, yet with a tensile strength, this red delivers cherry, berry, spice and mountain herb flavors. The wine stays harmonious through the mineral finish. Drink now through 2020. 4,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

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