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Oct. 31, 2014: SWITCHBACK RIDGE Petite Sirah Napa Valley Peterson Family Vineyard 2011 (93 points, $58)

Offers a powerful core of blackberry and wild blueberry flavors, with plush, velvety tannins and black licorice, dark chocolate, Earl Grey tea, nutmeg, fresh rosemary and sage details. The finish goes on and on. Drink now through 2025. 448 cases made. —MaryAnn Worobiec

Oct. 30, 2014: VRANKEN Brut Champagne Diamant NV (92 points, $53)

A well-cut Champagne, satiny in texture, offering lovely integration of the fine acidity and notes of raisin bread, ripe, grainy pear, orchard blossom and pickled ginger. Drink now through 2020. 670 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

Oct. 29, 2014: GEORGES VERNAY Côte-Rôtie Maison Rouge 2011 (92 points, $189)

A fresh, racy style, offering a mix of iron, violet, white pepper, sanguine, cherry and steeped red currant notes that stretch out together through the pure, incense-tinged finish. Drink now through 2022. 625 cases made. —James Molesworth

Oct. 28, 2014: DOMAINE LA BARROCHE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pure 2012 (95 points, $78)

Concentrated but remarkably refined, this features a large core of raspberry, red currant and black cherry fruit that is pure, silky and beautifully defined. Hints of shiso leaf, iron and black tea line the finish, which has serious length thanks to finely beaded acidity. A deft marriage of power and grace. Best from 2015 through 2030. 1,900 cases made. —James Molesworth

Oct. 27, 2014: MATTEO CORREGGIA Barbera d'Alba Superiore Marun 2011 (92 points, $38)

Intense and concentrated, this red exudes flavors of blackberry and plum jam, violet and spice. This is stitched together with fine tannins, offering a finish that lingers with vanilla and sweet spice details. Shows fine harmony and length. Drink now through 2020. 800 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

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