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Jul. 29, 2014: JULIEN PILON Condrieu Lône 2012 (92 points, $59)

Fennel, green almond, green fig and pear notes weave together, framed by a pronounced stony edge that keeps the bright, floral-infused finish tightly focused. A young domaine to watch. Drink now through 2017. 35 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Jul. 28, 2014: BODEGAS ALTO MONCAYO Garnacha Campo de Borja Veraton 2011 (92 points, $31)

This rich red delivers expressive flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and espresso, with a thick texture enlivened by balsamic acidity and supported by well-integrated tannins. Licorice and mineral notes add interest. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Jul. 26, 2014: DOMAINE LES VERRIÈRES Coteaux du Languedoc Les Pierres Plantées 2008 (92 points, $33)

A suave style, with a meaty aroma and flavors of dried blackberry, plum compote and dark currant, laced with intense mineral and forest floor notes. Focused slate and savory details emerge midpalate and extend into the finish, revealing white pepper accents. Drink now through 2018. 1,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Jul. 25, 2014: KLEIN CONSTANTIA Vin de Constance Constantia 2008 (94 points, $69)

Gorgeous apricot, warmed peach, dried mango and maple notes lead the way in this unctuous dessert wine, with crystalized ginger, green tea and dried blood orange flavors filling in through the finish. Has enough well-embedded acidity to carry it all easily, finishing with impressive range and cut. Drink now through 2030. 2,950 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jul. 24, 2014: BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS MONTEABELLÓN Tempranillo Ribera del Duero 24 Meses en Barrica 2008 (91 points, $42)

This polished red shows balance and depth, with blackberry, cocoa, licorice and mineral flavors, accented by fresh herb and black pepper notes. The tannins are firm and well-integrated, presenting lively acidity. Drink now through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,250 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

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