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Nov. 14, 2014: BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Special Cuvée NV (93 points, $73)

Like a fine tapestry, this weaves rich flavors of blackberry tart, lemon parfait, graphite and toasted almond together on the creamy palate. Finely honed acidity creates a vibrant thread throughout. Drink now through 2022. 19,000 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

Nov. 13, 2014: JACQUESSON Extra Brut Champagne Cuvée nº 737 NV (92 points, $80)

A skein of ground spice unravels through this mouthwatering Champagne, while a firm frame of acidity and a tight, refined bead supports flavors of crunchy pear, ripe white raspberry, pastry dough, smoked almond and lemon confit. Disgorged July 2013. Drink now through 2020. 20,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Nov. 12, 2014: CLOS DES BRUSQUIÈRES Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 (92 points, $40)

Draws you in with a range of warm stone, lavender and tobacco aromas, followed by dark currant, warmed fig and blackberry paste flavors. A stony note returns on the finish, showing some leathery grip. An old-school style that should cellar well. Best from 2015 through 2030. 2,500 cases made. —James Molesworth

Nov. 11, 2014: JOHN ANTHONY Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004 (92 points, $55)

Offers wonderful aromas, with rich, complex flavors of blackberry, wild berry, licorice, mocha, dried herb and cedar. Impressive, presenting a supple texture and a long, gliding finish.—2004 California Cabernet blind retrospective (August 2014). Drink now through 2024. 1,112 cases made. —James Laube

Nov. 10, 2014: LES VINS DE VIENNE Crozes-Hermitage 2012 (91 points, $33)

Offers a racy feel, with tangy star anise and a perfumy violet note leading the way, while black cherry and plum fruit glides in behind them. Features a bright, fresh, iron-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018. 2,083 cases made. —James Molesworth

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