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Apr. 02, 2014: THIERRY & PASCALE MATROT Meursault Charmes 2011 (93 points, $79)

Sleek and racy, this white exhibits hints of earth and smoke, combined with flavors of lemon, green apple, vanilla and clove. Savory and brooding, with a latent energy waiting to be unleashed. Ends with an excellent finish. Best from 2016 through 2026. 101 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

Apr. 01, 2014: CIRRUS Syrah Stellenbosch 2010 (93 points, $40)

A big, broad, toasty style, with an ample core of crushed plum, steeped currant and blackberry paste flavors, rolled with charcoal and backed by a lingering anise note. Not shy, offering singed vanilla and cocoa powder accents on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. 225 cases made. —James Molesworth

Mar. 31, 2014: CADARETTA Syrah Columbia Valley 2011 (90 points, $35)

Bright and jazzy, with blueberry and plum fruit up front, revealing hints of white pepper and ginger as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2017. 171 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Mar. 29, 2014: ALTA VISTA Malbec Uco Valley Temis 2011 (92 points, $50)

Well-sculpted, with concentrated flavors of dark plum, blackberry and mincemeat, flanked by powerful notes of Asian spice. Very suave midpalate, featuring a brooding and intense finish of mocha and dark chocolate. Drink now through 2020. 150 cases imported. —Kim Marcus

Mar. 28, 2014: EMILE BEYER Alsace L'Instant Rare d'Emile 2007 (93 points, $50)

Lightly sweet and mouthcoating, balanced by a streak of racy, lip-smacking acidity, this rich version features layers of praline, dried apricot and marmalade, followed by hints of aromatic herb and spice. The lasting finish delivers hints of candied orange and ginger, smoke and treacle. Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois. Drink now through 2024. 200 cases made. —Alison Napjus

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