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Oct. 13, 2014: COUGAR CREST Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley Cougar Hills Vineyard 2009 (93 points, $40)

Sleek in structure and expansive in flavor, singing with gorgeous red berry, cherry, floral and white pepper notes that dance gracefully through the long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2017. 643 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Oct. 11, 2014: BODEGAS ATECA Calatayud Atteca Armas Old Vines 2011 (91 points, $45)

This bold red shows a plush texture, with expressive flavors of macerated cherry, dark chocolate and black licorice. Well-integrated tannins and lively acidity impart balance. Alluring, in the modern style. Best from 2015 through 2021. 1,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Oct. 10, 2014: ZISOLA Noto Doppiozeta 2011 (91 points, $54)

Stylish, with suave, finely knit tannins and a mouthwatering thread of juicy acidity that laces the flavors of pure black cherry puree, mocha, melted licorice, herbed olive and star anise. Harmonious and accessible now, but should develop with short-term cellaring. Nero d'Avola and Syrah. Drink now through 2025. 1,167 cases made. —Alison Napjus

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

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