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Oct. 09, 2014: GABRIEL MEFFRE Gigondas Laurus 2012 (92 points, $33)

Features a polished frame, with long, silky tannins carrying the alluring flavors of blackberry, plum and blueberry fruit, all inlaid with notes of black tea, anise and violet. A graphite bolt on the finish keeps this honest. Hedonistic in feel overall, but this doesn't skimp on terroir. Drink now through 2024. 550 cases made. —James Molesworth

Oct. 08, 2014: HALL Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011 (92 points, $50)

This is fairly rich and concentrated, with excellent depth, exhibiting a range of flavors built around dark berry, mocha, espresso, cedar and tobacco notes, with ripe, interwoven tannins. Turns graceful midpalate, ending with a persistent finish. Drink now through 2024. 30,000 cases made. —James Laube

Oct. 07, 2014: EYRIE Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 (91 points, $35)

Taut and a bit tart, with lively acidity playing against the ripe red berry and spice flavors, finishing with impressive length. Needs time for the elements to come together. Best from 2016 through 2022. 2,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Oct. 06, 2014: HENRI DELAGRANGE & FILS Volnay Clos des Chênes 2011 (90 points, $72)

Bright, with black cherry, black currant, smoke and tar notes, backed by light-weight tannins that leave a dusty feel. Balanced on the firm side, with a long and spicy finish. Best from 2016 through 2021. 350 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 04, 2014: MARCO DE BARTOLI Grillo Sicilia Grappoli 2011 (90 points, $40)

Bright and harmonious, with a backbone of tangy acidity and a saline-tinged note of raw almond underscoring the flavors of white cherry, green plum fruit, ground spice and pickled ginger. The salted almond accent echoes on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2020. 250 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

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