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Jun. 25, 2014: V. SATTUI Chardonnay Napa Valley Carsi Vineyard 2012 (90 points, $32)

Pleasantly seductive and subtle, with creamy, toasty oak nuances and flavors of pear, butterscotch and honeydew melon that glide along gracefully on the finish. Drink now. 1,131 cases made. —James Laube

Jun. 24, 2014: DOMAINE LAURENT COGNARD Montagny Les Bassets 2011 (90 points, $35)

This juicy white is all about harmony, with lemon, apple, melon and mineral notes mingling on the firm, vibrant structure. Clean and long. Drink now through 2018. 300 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

Jun. 23, 2014: A.A. BADENHORST FAMILY Swartland 2010 (93 points, $45)

Offers an aromatic mix of sage, white pepper and olive, followed by bitter cherry, damson plum and red currant paste flavors. A chalky thread stitches the finish, marrying the savory and fruit elements. This has the depth to cellar. Shiraz, Grenache, Cinsault and Tinta Barocca. Best from 2015 through 2018. 328 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Jun. 21, 2014: CLOS MOGADOR Priorat 2011 (90 points, $95)

Plush and supple on the palate, this ripe red offers plum, black cherry, kirsch, toast and licorice flavors, with well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. Pretty but concentrated. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Jun. 20, 2014: VINS D'ORRANCE Chenin Blanc Western Cape Kama 2012 (91 points, $33)

A creamy, nicely toasty style, with macadamia nut, brioche and salted butter aromas and flavors, followed by alluring white peach and chamomile hints on the finish. This has weight, length and cut. Drink now through 2015. 1,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

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