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Dec. 03, 2014: DUMOL Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012 (91 points, $64)

A tight, seductive style, with subtle jazzy oak notes woven into the ripe plum and blueberry flavors. The tannins close in on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 4,865 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Dec. 02, 2014: PUNSET Barbaresco 2009 (92 points, $42)

This leads off with plenty of tar and licorice notes, followed by ample cherry and berry flavors. Full and sweet overall, with moderate tannins on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2025. 833 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 01, 2014: BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS VALDERIZ Ribera del Duero 2009 (93 points, $40)

This polished red shows plum, graphite, licorice and tobacco flavors that mingle over well-integrated tannins. Elegant, harmonious and long. Drink now through 2019. 4,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Nov. 29, 2014: PHILIPPONNAT Brut Champagne Grand Blanc 2006 (92 points, $72)

Firm and lightly smoky, with a lively bead and finely meshed flavors of yellow plum, star fruit, biscuit and golden raisin. Balanced, with a chalky finish that's more subtle today, but this elegant version should evolve and expand in the glass or cellar. Disgorged April 2014. Drink now through 2024. 1,600 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Nov. 28, 2014: BOLLINGER Brut Rosé Champagne NV (92 points, $100)

Lacy in texture, with bright, well-knit acidity and a streak of chalky minerality underscoring the subtle flavors of strawberry, white peach, fresh ginger and crystallized honey. A hint of salted almond lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

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