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Apr. 26, 2014: LOUIS M. MARTINI Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Lot No. 1 2010 (92 points, $145)

A rich, full-bodied style, with layers of dark berry, mocha, cedar and tobacco notes, finishing with a full, mouthcoating aftertaste and rich tannins that keep reverberating with flavor. Drink now through 2026. 95 cases made. —James Laube

Apr. 25, 2014: DOMAINE TEMPIER Bandol 2011 (91 points, $44)

Offers a sinewy feel, with tanned leather, dried cherry, warm savory and mulled wood spice notes, backed by a lingering whiff of mesquite on the finish. Pleasant acidity ripples underneath. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. Best from 2015 through 2021. 1,422 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Apr. 24, 2014: M. LAPIERRE Morgon 2012 (91 points, $33)

A juicy and poised red, with notes of grilled herb and sandalwood lacing the pâte de fruit, mulberry and raspberry flavors. Shows fine length and intensity, presenting a hint of mocha on the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,375 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

Apr. 23, 2014: LUCIEN LE MOINE Pommard Les Epenots 2011 (92 points, $140)

Smoky and spicy, with buried cherry and berry flavors. The tannins are assertive now, but all the pieces are in place, leading to a long finish. Needs time. Best from 2016 through 2024. 20 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

Apr. 22, 2014: SCHERRER Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Big Brother 2009 (93 points, $55)

An expansive version, offering cherry, Asian plum, wilted rose and black licorice notes. This gains depth, finesse and traction on the finish, revealing gravel-laced tannins that cling to the palate. Drink now through 2023. 146 cases made. —James Laube

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