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Jan. 20, 2014: NORTHSTAR Merlot Columbia Valley 2009 (91 points, $40)

Firm and peppery, with a strong black pepper note running through the dark berry and currant fruit, all of it persisting in a harmonious package and scratchy tannins that need time to soften. Drink now through 2017. 8,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jan. 18, 2014: FRANZ HIRTZBERGER Riesling Federspiel Wachau Steinterrassen 2012 (93 points, $36)

A rich, focused white, with pure, lush flavors of apple, Asian pear and gooseberry accented by engaging notes of salted almond. Lemon cream and spice details linger on the ripe, rich finish. Refined and alluring. Drink now through 2020. 100 cases imported. —Kim Marcus

Jan. 17, 2014: DAMILANO Barolo Lecinquevigne 2009 (90 points, $40)

A beautifully balanced and expressive Barolo, exhibiting cherry, leather, tobacco and orange pekoe notes allied to a sleek frame. This firm version lingers with tea and tobacco accents, showing a pleasant freshness. Best from 2016 through 2028. 8,333 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 16, 2014: MAISON NICOLAS PERRIN Cornas 2010 (94 points, $57)

Packed with dark plum, warm currant confiture and blackberry coulis flavors, this is lined with charcoal, singed bay leaf and steeped dark olive notes. The long finish reveals a terrific graphite spine. Built for the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030. 150 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jan. 15, 2014: LAIL Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Blueprint 2012 (91 points, $40)

The honeysuckle notes are aromatic and expressive in this version, with a lovely core of peach, pear and nectarine flavors, accented by crisp lemon and grapefruit details. A pretty touch of smoke weaves in and out. Drink now. 950 cases made. —MaryAnn Worobiec

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