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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

Jan. 25, 2014: F.X. PICHLER Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau Loibner Klostersatz 2012 (90 points, $45)

An elegant, refined style, with crisp green apple- and citrus-infused flavors that take on rich notes of lemon cream. Hints of fennel and celery salt grace the finish. Drink now through 2017. 75 cases imported. —Kim Marcus

Jan. 24, 2014: TENSLEY Syrah Santa Barbara County Colson Canyon Vineyard 2011 (90 points, $38)

Exhibits pure dark berry, raspberry and boysenberry flavors that sail along on the finish, ending with fine-grained tannins. Ripe and juicy. Drink now through 2023. 1,620 cases made. —James Laube

Jan. 23, 2014: CAVE DE TAIN St.-Joseph Esprit de Granit 2011 (92 points, $44)

Rock solid, presenting a chunk of baker's chocolate at the core that slowly yields to notes of plum and blackberry preserves. A strong graphite spine pins the finish down. Needs to shed a little grip in the cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2014 through 2020. 3,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jan. 22, 2014: TWO HANDS Brave Faces Barossa Valley 2012 (92 points, $40)

A crisp, vibrant and impressive red, offering focused blackberry and black cherry fruit, wrapped in fine tannins and finishing with floral and white pepper notes. The finish persists. Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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