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Feb. 27, 2015: DOMAINE MARGUERITE CARILLON Pommard Clos de la Platière 2012 (92 points, $65)

Offers terrific richness and defined cherry, strawberry and currant flavors. Mint and smoky oak accents singe the edges, imparting grip and excellent balance. Fine length. Best from 2016 through 2026. 280 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Feb. 26, 2015: PROSPECT 772 Syrah California The Instigator 2012 (94 points, $36)

Generous spicy, toasty, mocha-laced oak is the entry to firm, vivid black licorice-tinged blackberry, espresso, cedar and tobacco flavors. Gains and holds focus on the finish, with firm, gripping tannins. Drink now through 2026. 95 cases made. —James Laube

Feb. 25, 2015: RIOJA VEGA Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 (92 points, $45)

Expressive and harmonious, this red shows black cherry, licorice, tea, tobacco and balsamic flavors, supported by firm tannins and orange peel acidity. In the traditional style. Drink now through 2020. 1,600 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Feb. 24, 2015: MAURO VEGLIO Barolo Arborina 2010 (93 points, $65)

Deeply colored and spicy, this features vanilla and resin accents to the black cherry and plum core. The tannins are assertive, but this gains richness and harmony with air. Tightly woven, with fine length. Best from 2017 through 2030. 500 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Feb. 23, 2015: BODEGA ELIAS MORA Toro Descarte 2012 (94 points, $65)

Muscular yet expressive, this powerful red delivers flavors of ripe blackberry and currant that are framed by toast, espresso and loamy notes. Chewy tannins and fresh acidity find a balance as this wine glides to the floral and tarry finish. Drink now through 2025. 416 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

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