d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne Viognier 2012
The Viognier throws the first punch in this wonderfully aromatic wine with its heavenly lift of candied ginger and crunchy, yet sweet white nectarine. A deeper look unveils the more complex Marsanne notes of green papaya and pistachio. An abundance of stone fruits hold sway over the sumptuous attack and mid palate. The finish is surprisingly savoury. The Marsanne's nuttiness is quite persistent and coupled with a delicate hint of sea spray. The complete package of stone fruits and spice with a long savoury finish makes this wine the perfect dinner party starter.
Wine SpectatorTight, spicy and appealing, with pear and lychee flavors, well-modulated to fly smoothly on the medium-weight frame. Shows impressive persistence on the finish. Drink now. 6,500 cases imported.