Viognier

 

Name of varietal: Viognier
 
Common synonyms: Picotin Blanc, Bergeron, Barbin, Greffou, Rebolot, Vionnier, Petiti Vionnier, Viogne, Galopine, Vugava Bijela, 
 
Parentage of the grape: unknown
 
History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in France by the Romans. A fun story that may or not be true is that it was intended for Burgundy, to Beaujolais, and was packaged with Syrah vines that were intercepted by the Medieval French equivalent of the Jesse James gang around Condrieu in Rhone and there it stayed. It likely got its name from the Roman outpost Vienne. It was once widely planted in France, but because it is tricky to grow, once Phylloxera struck, it was only replanted in a few places. Condrieu is the only Rhone appellation that is 100% Viognier. In other areas, besides rare varietal releases, small amounts of it are used as a blending component to red Syrah for body. It eventually made its Read more »

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  • Caliza Sidekick Paso Robles 2013

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    A fair bit of vanilla and hazelnuts on the nose with some honey and gooseberry. Smooth and full mouthfeel with a rich, nutty profile showing the clean fruit underneath and a touch of honey and butter. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Caliza Kissin' Cousins Paso Robles 2013

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    Light nectarine with floral aromas with a touch of stone fruit and flinty acidity. Nice and smooth flavors, full and ripe and rich and emollient with peach and nectarine and a layer of minerality - enough acidity to really buoy the palate and integrate nicely with some toast and some dried apricot. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, ... ... (Marsanne, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc) which come from the same plot, planted side by side in deep Villafranchien soil dotted with the large, rounded pebbles (galets roulés) so typical of this area. Made in stainless steel... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine


  • Domaine Lafage Cote Floral Cotes Catalanes Igp 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Orleans Hill Viognier 2012

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    I always enjoy a viognier. glad to see older varieties coming back and in an organic way. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual ... ... Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier), with Dubliner Irish Cheddar Cheese and Violet Flower Jam.Frank Morgan, Drink What You LikeDifficult to pick just one white and one red wine of the week. However, if pressed, my favorite red: 2013 Stampede Vineyard Zinfandel from Field... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future


  • There's a new crop of wines popping up in the southern reaches of the ... ... ... including chenin blanc, viognier, and roussanne from seven vineyards,” Wong wrote. “Restrained lime, citrus, floral, grapefruit, mineral. Medium body, complex, angular and elegant with a very long finish.”Wong' second wine was Kershaw Elgin's 2012 Syrah, which  ... Read More

    From the article Something Old, Something New: South Africa Winemakers Fusing Two


  • J. Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012

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    A light viognier that is citrusy wih a touch of green apple. The finish is long and oaky. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Yesterday, The Guardian reporter Fiona Beckett threw down the corkscrewed ... ... ... riesling, pinot gris and viognier are periodically touted but I just don't see it happening” What Beckett does see happening is the emergence of the Italian dark horse. “I have a hunch that there's one wine that could do it: vermentino, which is produced main... Read More

    From the article Guardian Says Vermentino a Contender for the Sauv Blanc Throne


  • Rockpile Winery Syrah Madrone Spring Vineyard 2011

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    Dark purple color almost matches dark brooding, earthy nose. Subtle blackberry flavor on the tongue. Then a saline sensation. Flavor of cedar on the back of the tongue/palate. Firm, not overwhelming tannin and acid. Probably ageable for the next decade. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I tried and bought 2009 and 2010 Vigonier from Mc pherson Vineyards in Lubbock, Texas. I thought they were outstanding!! K. Kangas

    Comment by 794009ohiokangas 794009 ohiokangas


  • The best Viognier ever is Raventos Blanc Parfum de Vi Blanc, Penedes!!!!

    Comment by 832213viognierbabe 832213 viognierbabe


  • Since its orginal planting and first harvest in 1993 at Horton Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia (Monticello Appelation)- Viognier has risen not only to become the top grape in Virginia- but the wines produced from it have become some of the first to recognized as "competitive" with wines from the rest of the world. One of the reasons for ...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


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