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Mar. 13, 2014: CHÂTEAU MONBOUSQUET St.-Emilion 2011 (92 points, $45)

Cuts a broad swath, with velvety tannins carrying raspberry coulis, plum paste and steeped red currant flavors, studded with anise, singed apple wood and fruitcake notes throughout. The long, flowing finish has a very refined structure. Shows impressive density and elegance. Best from 2016 through 2026. 6,665 cases made. —James Molesworth

Mar. 12, 2014: GIACOMO BORGOGNO & FIGLI Langhe No Name 2009 (90 points, $45)

Alluring aromas of flowers, cherry, raspberry and spice highlight this elegant red. Starts out silky, turning firm on the long finish. Well-balanced, but will fare better with food. Nebbiolo. Drink now through 2017. 1,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Mar. 11, 2014: PAZOS DE LUSCO Albariño Rias Baixas 2012 (89 points, $35)

Smoky, briny notes give this firm white a distinctive profile, adding interest to the grapefruit and chalky flavors. Offers firm acidity and a lean, racy texture. Drink now through 2015. 1,300 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Mar. 10, 2014: CHÂTEAU RAYMOND-LAFON Sauternes 2011 (94 points, $40)

Deliciously plump in feel, with toasted coconut, piecrust and warm brioche notes caressing a core of apricot, fig and creamed pear. The long, flattering finish picks up an orange blossom hint to offset the fruit. Best from 2016 through 2030. 2,165 cases made. —James Molesworth

Mar. 08, 2014: HERMAN STORY Grenache California On the Road 2011 (93 points, $42)

A robust style, brimming with rich, juicy blackberry, wild berry and boysenberry flavors. This is intense and vibrant, featuring a dense core of fruit complemented by black licorice, cedar and spice notes. Drink now through 2022. 682 cases made. —James Laube

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