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Jun. 02, 2014: PAGO DE LOS CAPELLANES Ribera del Duero Reserva 2010 (92 points, $54)

This polished red shows harmonious flavors of plum, licorice, smoke and mineral, with juicy acidity and well-integrated tannins providing a solid structure. Not muscular, but intense. Drink now through 2020. 2,250 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

May. 31, 2014: CUSUMANO Sicilia Noà Tenuta Presti e Pegni 2011 (91 points, $50)

Tarry smoke and savory herb notes mix with flavors of dried currant and olive tapenade in this structured red, with supple tannins. Hints of mocha and licorice show on the firm finish. Nero d'Avola, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2021. 3,200 cases made. —Alison Napjus

May. 30, 2014: FAMILLE PERRIN Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Chapouins Vieilles Vignes 2006 (92 points, $85)

Broad and ripe, with dark coffee and cocoa powder notes out front, backed by steeped plum and macerated black currant fruit. Lingering fig and ganache accents take over on the finish. This has heft but stays defined, with a beguiling smoky hint through the finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,250 cases made. —James Molesworth

May. 29, 2014: DOMAINE COFFINET-DUVERNAY Chassagne-Montrachet Les Blanchots Dessus 2011 (94 points, $100)

Creamy and toasty, with lime, peach and apple notes tinged by citrus and spice details. This has a concentrated, almost viscous texture, yet remains balanced and lively, with fine intensity and a long finish that echoes the spice nuances. Best from 2015 through 2023. 135 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

May. 28, 2014: BASEL CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Pheasant Run Vineyard 2009 (90 points, $32)

Vibrant, focused and appealing, with smoky, juicy cherry and black currant flavors, persisting through a blanket of prickly tannins. Best from 2015 through 2019. 575 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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