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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  • Confin Cachapoal Valley Chile Viognier Reserva Especial 2013

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    Very complex, I find my palate torn between Ah NO! too--Wow and I keep drinking it trying to find why this cuvee appeals to me, just a bit dry, but even that is a good thing......,) Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • McCay Cellars Viognier 2014

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    The wine is a pale amber in the glass while the nose is a rather subdued ...-viognier.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Viognier 2014

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    Ripe pineapple, honeysuckle, and a hint of chamomile greet the nose. ... the ... the experience of this value Viognier Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Imagery Estate Winery Viognier Russian River Valley 2013

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    Clear, very pale yellow in the glassvery close to white. Very floral, perfumey nose with the slightest hint of spice that I would associate with Gewurztraminer. Sure enough, lots of white stone fruit flavor on the tip of the tongue that morphs into a melon suggestion at the back. Also, a bit of spritz on the tip of the tongue. Good acid back... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Zufrieden, has anybody ever told you that you seem to always speak in parables? ... ... I really do not care for Viognier.  Well this is the last one that Imagery will be sending to me.  The initial reaction is that it is another Viognier--very flowery nose wth, maybe, a hint of Gewurztraminer, stone fruit flavors--nectarine, plum--with, agian,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Calera Viognier Mount Harlan 2013

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    Every wine at this winery was fantastic, and this particular one was exceptional. Upon leaving Morro Bay for our 4th of July vacation, my Wife did not close the trunk all the way. All of a sudden, the sound of broken glass is heard smashing behind our car. A full cooler and an 8-pack box of splits falls out. After returning to pick them up, n... Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Mark, never had a straight up Teroldego but have had it in a blend, nothing to ... have a fair share of ho-hum viognier, but have also had some that were really good. Just have to keep searching.Now I know Cali sauvignon blanc is about as basic and (sometimes) mundane as it gets but this one is made by a winery about 2 miles from my house here... Read More

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  • Laurent Miquel Verite Viognier 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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


  • 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 ...

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