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Dec. 22, 2014: TEDESCHI Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 (91 points, $58)

Expressive, with date, dried fig, floral, herb, mocha and melted licorice notes backed by mouthwatering acidity and suave tannins. Refined and silky in texture, with a long, spiced finish. Drink now through 2029. 1,800 cases imported. —Alison Napjus

Dec. 20, 2014: MAS LA MOLA Priorat 2009 (92 points, $44)

This polished red shows cherry, plum, mineral, toast and licorice flavors, offering well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Balanced and harmonious, with a fresh finish. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Dec. 19, 2014: QUIXOTE Petite Syrah Napa Valley Helmet Of Mambrino Stags' Leap Ranch 2011 (94 points, $100)

A dark, fragrant and expressive red, showing accents of fresh forest floor and loam to the flavors of wild blueberry and blackberry, along with licorice, rosemary and espresso details. Thick, velvety tannins and a spicy finish give this wine extra charm. Drink now through 2026. 1,600 cases made. —MaryAnn Worobiec

Dec. 18, 2014: JEAN-NOËL HATON Brut Champagne Réserve NV (91 points, $50)

A racy Champagne, with a subtle, smoky base note underscoring the flavors of black raspberry, pastry, lemon zest and white peach puree. Tightly knit and creamy through to the spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus

Dec. 17, 2014: KEN WRIGHT Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Abbott Claim Vineyard 2012 (93 points, $63)

Lithe and expressive, this is light on its feet but packed with red berry, cinnamon, floral and spice flavors that flow harmoniously through the refined tannins on the finish. Offers presence and depth. Drink now through 2022. 738 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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