Ebullient grape and blueberry flavors here, with lots of vanilla and sweet toast, too. Juicy and forward with an elegant finish, despite its rich, succulent fruit. Drink now through 2004. 9,000 cases imported. Best Values. —James Molesworth
The '02 German Rieslings provide an impressive follow-up to the amazing '01s. There's intensity and presence in this bottling, despite the light body, with peach, flower, citrus and stone aromas and flavors, backed by firm acidity. Well done. Drink now th —Bruce Sanderson
Always a solid value, the '02 Gascón Malbec is a winner. Dark cherry, plum and cassis fruit races along here, with plenty of chocolate and loam. Nice, rich, smoky finish shows grip, while the fruit lingers. Shows how strong the '02 vintage is. Drink now —James Suckling
This modern-style Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon is ripe and muscular, but still balanced, offering fresh plum, blackberry, licorice and toast flavors. Not a blockbuster, but complete. Drink now through 2005. 20,000 cases made. Best Values. —Thomas Matthews
As if 2001 wasn't good enough, Germany followed it up with another stellar harvest in 2002. The wines are just being released now, and for a sample, track down this racy QbA that is packed with slate aroma and flavor and a lime accent. Not as concentrated —Bruce Sanderson
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