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Feb. 15, 2005: REICHSGRAF VON KESSELSTATT Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Kaseler Nies'chen 2003 (90 points, $28)

Fresh and piquant, this offers lime, peach and slate notes that persist through the long finish. Though open and airy in texture, it has concentration and harmony. Drink now through 2020. 540 cases made. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Feb. 14, 2005: ST.-URBANS-HOF Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Ockfener Bockstein 2003 (90 points, $19)

Pungent and intense, with a lightweight, gossamer profile, this is quintessential Mosel, albeit in a hot vintage. It borders on licorice flavor, with slate and citrus accents. Long finish. Drink now through 2015. 600 cases made. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Feb. 12, 2005: LANGWERTH VON SIMMERN Riesling Spätlese Rheingau Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen 2003 (90 points, $29)

Rich and silky, with a plump profile and moderate acidity framing the peach, apricot and spice flavors. It fades away a little on the finish today, but shows fine purity and balance. Drink now through 2018. 800 cases made. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Feb. 11, 2005: CORINO Barbera d'Alba Pozzo 2001 (90 points, $30)

Intense, with loads of black fruit and oaky character. Full-bodied, with fine, compact tannins and a long finish. Refined and delicious. I always love this Barbera. Best after 2005. 500 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

Feb. 10, 2005: REINHOLD HAART Riesling Kabinett Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Piesporter 2003 (90 points, $20)

A big, rich kabinett, this is packed with floral, cream, vanilla and apricot notes, all displayed on an open, yet dense profile. More like a big spätlese or auslese, but delicious and lingering, with a citrus aftertaste. Drink now through 2010. From Germ —Bruce Sanderson

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