Riesling vs. Sauternes

Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 1er Cru 2003
The wine makes me crave a lemon tart as you taste a reflection of the butter in the crust in the viscosity and butter/caramel tones in the wine and a reflection of the zippy lemon in the custard in the springy citrus character of the wine. This is one of the region’s top estates. 92 hectares are planted in clay and sandy soil to 90% Semillon and 10% SB, Recolt a Preignac 14% $58.99 at Bottle Barn Suduiraut

Greenwood Ridge Mendocino Ridge Estate Bottled Late Harvest White Riesling 2006
It is again a fresh fruit bonanza with thickness and honey. The Dragon bottle and the wine inside have been a consistent crowd-pleaser with it’s accent on fresh peaches and apricots. Botrytis adds complexity, brix of 39 and a final RS of 180 g/l. GP&B up above Philo 11% $19.99 (375ml) at Bottle Barn Greenwood Ridge

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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