The Hermit Crab
DA-ren-berg Thuh HER-mit CRAB
Pale Straw Yellow
Why this wine made the cut…
Weighty, yet refreshing, fruity, yet floral, complex, yet affordable.
Viognier almost went extinct in the 1960s, but has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Although grown around the word, it is most famous for the full bodied intensely aromatic floral white wines with a sometimes oily texture grown on granite terraces in Condrieu, and small amount to Syrah in Côte Rôtie, just north of Condrieu, adding aromatic complexity.
Marsanne is principally a Rhone varietal (can also be found in the U.S. and Australia) that makes full-bodied wines with moderate acidity. However, it is often blended with Roussanne and Viognier, especially in the Northern Rhone, to make rich wines with floral aromatics.
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