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Birthday 2012!

My regular birthday occurs at such an inconvenient time, so I decided on sone pseudo-arbitrary future date on which to PAR-TAY. In terms of wine, though - my friends are all across the board. Some don't drink wine (ouch), some do, some prefer beer, some don't drink at all - you know. I tried to select a bunch of wines that would be crowd pleasers, but not in that sort of overly sleazy way. I ended up only being able to review the 2011 Chateau Cailleteau Bergeron Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Wild Goose Autumn Gold beforehand, since I didn't want to open the three sparkling wines (Cava, Moscato, Brachetto) that I did have until we wanted to drink them. We didn't get to...

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2010 d’Arenberg “The Hermit Crab” Viognier Marsanne

This wine had a lot of body to it - a really weighty and thick character. The wine almost borders on flabby, but has a nice complexity on the palate and nose to sort of carry itself. This is quite a nice blend with a decent amount of complexity. I'm a big fan of Viognier's floral nose, and this is a beautifully aromatic wine, although there are some Viognier wines of better value out there....

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