Alan Wolfe wrote:Anyone tried this one yet? Comment?
Alan, I haven't tried it, so take this with a grain of salt, but I'm thinking that the Muscat character is so intense and so strong that even just a splash of it in a blend is likely to communicate itself strongly in the finished wine. Given that varietal labeling needs only 75 percent, it's entirely possible that the Honey Moon folks might have blended in enough Muscat to show, even if the label doesn't mention it.
Second possibility is that both Viognier and Muscat (also Albariño) can show a peachy character in my opinion, and maybe that's the source of the crossover. I agree with you, though, I wouldn't normally expect a Viognier to smell anything like a Muscat.
Oh, as a footnote, I once tasted a special wine that's made as a symbolic gesture and fund-raiser for a non-profit organization in Cividale, Friuli. It contains tiny portions of 500 (yes, Five Hundred) different varieties.
What does it smell like? Muscat.