When you talk to wine makers, the last vintage is always the best. If it has been cool, it was a fantastic long ripening period, if it has been hot and dry, the grapes are small and concentrated, if it rained, yields are often lower as the poor grapes have been taken out - you get the picture. In the end, you have to work it out for yourself.
Now I do remember, 2002 was a very good year for Riesling. So I was interested to see how the 2002 Petaluma Riesling would drink now. Wow! It has very intense lemon and lime flavours, the palate is very zesty and fresh, even after six years, and the wine finishes long and dry. This will go for another decade at least. The wine has not even entered its mellowing phase.