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
This value-priced offering from Spain is just the ticket to stock up on for winter. Made from 100 percent Tempranillo, it's a plush red, rich with chocolate and black cherry flavors, thick and almost sweet on the palate, with ripe, well-integrated tannins —Thomas Matthews
South Africa's burgeoning white wine portfolio is augmented by Chenin Blanc, a grape which rarely gets serious treatment outside of France's Loire Valley. This version offers nice taut nectarine, peach and spice flavors, with a bracing edge that runs righ —James Molesworth
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