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Sep. 12, 2014: E. GUIGAL Hermitage White 2011 (95 points, $75)

Viscous in feel, featuring citrus and hazelnut oil notes that weave around a core of white peach, verbena, creamed Cavaillon melon and glazed pear flavors. Long and honeyed through the finish, with a thread of bitter almond offsetting the opulence. Drink now through 2029. 2,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

Sep. 11, 2014: EMMANUEL DARNAUD Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chènes 2012 (92 points, $35)

Richly layered with fig paste, warm plum sauce and blackberry coulis flavors, accented by warm ganache, smoldering tobacco and tar. Everything is integrated through the finish, with a mouthwatering iron note backing it all up. Rock-solid. Drink now through 2016. 2,500 cases made. —James Molesworth

Sep. 10, 2014: BIG TABLE FARM Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2012 (95 points, $42)

This is brilliantly focused, tangy and balanced, offering towering flavors of pear, pineapple, cream and floral on a pinpoint of acidity, broadening into an expressive, explosive finish. Delivers tremendous precision, persistence and expression. Drink now through 2020. 246 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Sep. 09, 2014: ELK COVE Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Mount Richmond 2012 (94 points, $60)

Broad and expressive, not heavy but dense, with cherry, black plum and rose petal flavors that soar over refined tannins into the long and harmonious finish. Best from 2015 through 2022. 793 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Sep. 08, 2014: QUINTA DE LA ROSA Douro La Rosa Reserva 2011 (95 points, $53)

A powerful red, with a luscious spiced aroma and rich, ripe and intense flavors of blackberry, dark plum, boysenberry and black licorice. This is backed by plenty of fresh acidity, presenting a crisp finish filled with zesty spiced cherry notes. Drink now through 2022. 833 cases made. —Kim Marcus

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