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Dec. 19, 2014: QUIXOTE Petite Syrah Napa Valley Helmet Of Mambrino Stags' Leap Ranch 2011 (94 points, $100)

A dark, fragrant and expressive red, showing accents of fresh forest floor and loam to the flavors of wild blueberry and blackberry, along with licorice, rosemary and espresso details. Thick, velvety tannins and a spicy finish give this wine extra charm. Drink now through 2026. 1,600 cases made. —MaryAnn Worobiec

Dec. 18, 2014: JEAN-NOËL HATON Brut Champagne Réserve NV (91 points, $50)

A racy Champagne, with a subtle, smoky base note underscoring the flavors of black raspberry, pastry, lemon zest and white peach puree. Tightly knit and creamy through to the spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Dec. 17, 2014: KEN WRIGHT Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Abbott Claim Vineyard 2012 (93 points, $63)

Lithe and expressive, this is light on its feet but packed with red berry, cinnamon, floral and spice flavors that flow harmoniously through the refined tannins on the finish. Offers presence and depth. Drink now through 2022. 738 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 16, 2014: KEN WRIGHT Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Shea Vineyard 2012 (92 points, $63)

Supple, generous and expressive on an open frame that lets the flavors float, with a tinge of crisp tannins impinging slightly on the black cherry and Earl Grey tea flavors, which linger on the elegant finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,273 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 15, 2014: ROGER PERRIN Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011 (91 points, $36)

Dense and silky, with alluring plum, red currant and black cherry notes laced with pastis, singed apple wood and black tea accents, followed by a fresh, focused and mineral-driven finish. This should fill out nicely in the cellar. Drink now through 2024. 250 cases imported. —James Molesworth

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