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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

Dec. 13, 2014: DOMAINE DES BAUMARD Savennières Clos du Papillon 2011 (91 points, $45)

This has a succulent feel, with enticing green melon, pear, fig and quince fruit flavors laced with lime zest and honeysuckle notes. The finish is long and juicy. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases imported. —James Molesworth

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