2005 d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne/Viognier
Upon release, The Hermit Crab is a green, brilliant mid-straw color, and exhibits fresh flower and tropical fruit aromas, with emphasis on apricot and white peach, as well as pear, pineapple, guava and mango. Added complexity comes from a nutty touch. The youthful palate is immediately fruity, with strong tropical and stone fruit flavors, leading to a very long finish. This wine will mature into the medium-term, producing a rich, rolling, generous and complex wine, balanced by long, clean, refr...
90"A blend of 70% Viognier and 30% Marsanne, the lovely 2005 The Hermit Crab exhibits notes of honeysuckle, apple blossom, and litchi nuts in its medium-bodied, dry, exuberant, even flamboyant style. It also displays some restraint and elegance. Drink it over the next 1-2 years."