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Oct. 23, 2014: DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2012 (96 points, $121)

Tightly coiled for now, this features an intense, vivid core of anise, blackberry coulis, plum paste and macerated fig fruit, with black tea, smoldering tobacco and warm ganache notes. Long and dense, but very silky, with gorgeous violet and pastis details lingering in the background. Should unwind with time. Best from 2017 through 2035. 390 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Oct. 22, 2014: RUTHERFORD HILL Barrel Select Napa Valley 2011 (91 points, $35)

Sleek and well-structured, no easy feat for 2011. Aromas of black cherry, tomato leaf and mocha open to fleshy flavors that wrap around a core of balanced tannins and acidity. Notes of red currant, fresh herb and cedar lace the finish. Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made. —Tim Fish

Oct. 21, 2014: ALAIN VOGE Cornas Les Chailles 2012 (93 points, $54)

Shows lovely drive and energy from the start, with anise, plum, violet, white pepper, briar and iron notes seamlessly woven together and stretching out through the long finish. A chalky undertow adds contrast and tension. Best from 2015 through 2027. 960 cases made. —James Molesworth

Oct. 20, 2014: LEONETTI Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley 2011 (92 points, $65)

Velvety, complex and distinctive, with violet and white pepper accents around a focused core of blackberry and coffee, lingering effectively. This has depth and presence. Drink now through 2017. 802 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Oct. 18, 2014: ARNOUX PÈRE & FILS Beaune En Genêt 2012 (92 points, $56)

Ripe and juicy, this red expresses strawberry, cherry and spice aromas and flavors. Features ample structure, but remains harmonious and intense. Fine length. Best from 2016 through 2028. 330 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

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