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Nov. 25, 2014: HAMILTON RUSSELL Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 2013 (93 points, $33)

Gorgeous, with Jonagold apple and white peach fruit at the core, flanked by mirabelle plum, honeysuckle and heather notes. The long finish ripples with minerality as the fruit drapes beautifully. Should cellar well. Drink now through 2019. 1,750 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Nov. 24, 2014: PRAGER Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Klaus 2013 (91 points, $85)

The mouthfilling flavors of nectarine, peach and ripe apple are supported by lively acidity. Notes of salted almond lead to a powerful finish that shows plenty of snap to the savory herbal accents. Drink now through 2022. 590 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Nov. 22, 2014: DISZNÓKÓ´ Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2006 (94 points, $49)

Intense and elegant at once, this is smooth, harmonious and vibrant. The citrus pâte de fruit, apple and lemon candy flavors are long and permeating. Terrific focus. Drink now through 2018. 2,144 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 21, 2014: VIÑA NEYEN DE APALTA Espíritu de Apalta Colchagua Valley 2010 (92 points, $50)

Redolent of dried currant and sandalwood, this is a vibrant, gutsy red, featuring of deep vein of cocoa powder. Exhibits an elegant texture, with a finish that lingers with fig and olive notes. Drink now through 2019. 2,500 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Nov. 20, 2014: PRAGER Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Trocken Wachau Wachstum Bodenstein 2013 (92 points, $90)

Seductively smoky and rich, with concentrated flavors of baked pear, apple pastry, lemon verbena and cream that are lashed to a firm frame. Well-evolved, featuring a powerful spiciness that caresses the palate. The minerally finish is long and pure, delivering hints of pepper. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

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