La Différence Viognier-Muscat 2010
Origin: Pays d'Oc, France
Blend: Viognier (70%), Muscat (30%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $8.99 (750ml bottle)
Our review: Light- to medium-gold in color, this wine has aromas of pears and apricots with faint floral notes. The fruit flavors on the palate are more tropical in character, ripe melon and pineapple, slightly off-dry but not exactly sweet. There's a hint of spiced cider that forms into the finish, which is lengthy and evolves into an unexpected flavor not unlike smoked nuts.
Our rating: There's nothing simple about this wine, which almost overwhelms with different sensations and flavors. But there's a discordant note here too, that makes its presence known very late in the finish, pretty much after everything else has been absorbed or faded away. We were sold on this wine right up to that point. We served our bottle with a Spanish dish, which was just an okay pairing. We think Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisines might make for a better match. Score-wise, we're rating it Average, but we think this is going to be one of those wines that people either love or hate ... and if you add it all up, that's about Average.
Taste profile from the winemaker: The Viognier brings flavours of ripe peaches and apricots and the Muscat pure grapes. The wine is medium dry but the feel is medium due to the tropical fruit notes.
Winery website: La Difference Wines Ltd..