2004 Lucas & Lewellen Viognier
USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
Wine Rating: 88
Uncorked: 2007.08.31 Dinner on the Deck – served with shellfish feast
This versitile wine has an effusive nose — aromas of honeysuckle, apricot, and grapefruit. Slightly golden hues made it a pretty wine in the glass, too. In the mouth it carried the citrus flavors nicely along with a hint of slightly sweet apricot or honey. A bit of herbal spice and grassiness, particularly on the moderate finish. I served it with a shellfish feast — a bowl full of king crab legs, mussels, shrimp and scallops in a white wine-butter-garlic sauce (with some good cayenne thrown in for interest!). The wine was a perfect match offering enough tartness and acid to stand up to the buttery richness of the food. It was an excellent light meal on the back deck, and the wine was a great addition to the feast.