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Jan. 31, 2014: ELVIO COGNO Barolo Ravera 2009 (93 points, $70)

Cherry, sandalwood, spice and licorice flavors are the main themes in this rich, chewy red. Complex and long, turning lean as the tannins maintain grip on the finish, with lingering spice and savory underbrush accents. A hint of truffle emerges with air. Best from 2016 through 2029. 1,250 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 30, 2014: FLOWERS Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2011 (90 points, $40)

Refreshingly lively and svelte, offering a trim mix of ripe pear, apricot and golden apple. This is tight and vibrant, with good depth, intensity and length. Drink now through 2017. 6,000 cases made. —James Laube

Jan. 29, 2014: VIÑA SANTA RITA Triple C Maipo Valley 2007 (92 points, $40)

Big, juicy and lush-tasting, with impressive length and power to the dark chocolate, cassis, black olive and slate flavors. Very broad and intense midpalate, offering hints of cream and cardamom. The succulent finish is supported by muscular tannins. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère. Drink now through 2020. 4,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Jan. 28, 2014: IRON HORSE Wedding Cuvée Green Valley of Russian River Valley 2009 (93 points, $40)

Fresh and festive, this bubbly is built for a party, offering floral raspberry and spicy vanilla aromas and layered strawberry, lemon and hazelnut flavors that finish on a bright, crisp note. Drink now through 2014. 2,250 cases made. —Tim Fish

Jan. 27, 2014: TWO HANDS Shiraz Barossa Valley Gnarly Dudes 2012 (91 points, $40)

Dark and brooding, with blackberry, cherry and gentle spice flavors unfolding on the smooth, meaty frame. The finish persists against velvety tannins. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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