Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Incredible Lightness of Sauternes?

In my experience, stickies are not usually light, especially not well-aged Sauternes, so when I tasted the 1988 Chateau Rayne Vigneau, I didn't expect the incredibly ethereal treat that followed. Not big, heavy, and bronzed like some of it's more famous cousins, the Rayne Vigneau was light and exquisitely delicate for a Sauternes. You never would have guessed it was almost twenty years old. Light to medium-bodied with a pale, wan greenish golden color and a complex array of floral, slightly spicy flavors. The stone fruit flavors were a perfect match for melon and figs.

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