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Nov. 20, 2014: PRAGER Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Trocken Wachau Wachstum Bodenstein 2013 (92 points, $90)

Seductively smoky and rich, with concentrated flavors of baked pear, apple pastry, lemon verbena and cream that are lashed to a firm frame. Well-evolved, featuring a powerful spiciness that caresses the palate. The minerally finish is long and pure, delivering hints of pepper. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Nov. 19, 2014: FOURNIER PÈRE & FILS Sancerre Grande Cuvée 2010 (91 points, $33)

This Sancerre still has good zip despite the late release, with lively thyme, marjoram and verbena notes leading the way, followed by lemon pulp, white peach and shortbread flavors. The tightly focused finish has a mouthwatering edge. Drink now through 2015. 4,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

Nov. 18, 2014: MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2011 (95 points, $60)

This stunning wine is deliciously rich and layered, with vibrant flavors of honeydew, honeysuckle, fig and mineral shaded by seductive toasty oak. The flavors build, displaying a deep measure of intensity and persistence. Drink now through 2024. 1,692 cases made. —James Laube

Nov. 17, 2014: PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva 2009 (93 points, $69)

A rich version, boasting a core of strawberry and cherry fruit shaded by licorice, tobacco and leather hints. The tannins are solid, leaving a firm grip on the finish, yet overall this shows balance and elegance. Best from 2017 through 2028. 1,083 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 15, 2014: TENUTA BELLAFONTE Montefalco Sagrantino 2009 (91 points, $53)

Sandalwood, graphite and spice accents lead the way in this juicy, aromatic red, while sinewy tannins frame the flavors of black cherry, mulberry, black olive and iron. A powerful red in fine form. Drink now through 2029. 1,450 cases made. —Alison Napjus

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