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Mar. 22, 2014: TABLAS CREEK Esprit de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles 2011 (90 points, $40)

Balanced and refreshing, this offers a toasted element, complementing the Meyer lemon, melon and peach flavors, rounded out by a lush body, juicy details and floral and mineral touches. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc. Drink now. 2,400 cases made. —MaryAnn Worobiec

Mar. 21, 2014: BELLAVISTA Brut Franciacorta Gran Cuvée 2007 (90 points, $44)

A subtle streak of minerality accents spiced plum, kumquat and biscuit flavors in this racy version. A refined yet lively bead and hint of smoke carry through the finish. Drink now through 2019. 20,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Mar. 20, 2014: BODEGAS MONASTERIO Ribera del Duero Hacienda Monasterio 2010 (91 points, $50)

Smoky and gamy notes frame a core of plum and cassis in this dense, focused red. Chewy tannins and firm acidity build a firm structure, showing plenty of stuffing. Delivers a sanguine character that wants food to bloom. Best from 2015 through 2025. 11,490 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Mar. 19, 2014: A.R. LENOBLE Brut Champagne Cuvée Intense NV (91 points, $47)

Lightly floral and fresh, with a firm backbone of acidity and a fine-grained texture structuring the tightly knit flavors of crunchy white peach, pear, pickled ginger and biscuit. Drink now through 2019. 15,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Mar. 18, 2014: MARZIANO ABBONA Barolo Terlo Ravera 2009 (93 points, $67)

This is a beautiful Barolo, bursting with pure cherry and raspberry fruit, accented by floral, tobacco and earth notes. Balanced and intense, showing no shortage of ripe tannins for support. Delivers fine length and a minerally element on the aftertaste. Best from 2016 through 2032. 150 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

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