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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  • Wines tasted;1)2005 Innocent Bystander Shiraz-Viognier 14.5% - 87pts2)2007 Sonoma Vineyards Syrah 13.8% - 89pts3)2007 Zontes Footsteps Shiraz-Viognier 14.5% - 91pts4)2006 Hyland Penley Estate Coonawarra Shiraz15%- 88pts5)2004 Leeuwin Estate Siblings Margaret River Shiraz 14% - 90pts6)2004 Kunde Estate Sonoma Valley Syrah 14.1% - 92pts7)2006 dAr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Blind Tasting Shiraz/Syrah


  • Zonte's Footsteps Shiraz-Viognier 2007

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    Very floral and spicy, apricotty with notes of honeycomb and a slight gamey edge to the plum and lightly jammy black raspberry fruit with a hint of white pepper. This screams out for some lamb! Restrained in the mouth with lighter bodied attack that is a bit drying on the palate. A bit of an earthy style with jammy red and black fruits, a bit p... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2005

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    Unusually blood red very violet florality, fairly alcoholic, spice, plum and faint leather. Big, fruit driven entry, nice mid-palate with good acidity and fine tannins support light nuanced pepper and herb notes that enhance the very red tart plum, red licorice fruits. Light and elegant but ends a touch hot 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Deusyls de la Pèira Terrasses du Larzac 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by kyne007


  • Deusyls de la Pèira Terrasses du Larzac 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by kyne007


  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2005

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    Smooth yet spicy. Extremely short finish. Complex enough to be enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Peltier Station Viognier 2006

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    Among the most bold viogniers I've tried in many years, this presents with a wonderful bouquet of late spring floral aromas that translate into cream and spice on the palate.Yet, acidic enough to pair well with meats and cheeses alike. Read More

    Wine review by scottdseaman


  • Handley Cellars Water Tower White 2006

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    Enjoyed this as an aperitif with a cheese plate before Thanksgiving dinner. ... nice acidity. A blend of Viognier and Gewurz this year. At the price point, a nice purchase that is sure to please everyone. Very approachabl Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1


  • Yalumba Hand Picked Barossa Shiraz/Viognier 2005

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    wine.com review is consistent with the smell and taste. however, against my pallet it was too strong. the wine felt hot in my throat. i wasn't a fan of this one. try another. Read More

    Wine review by shenrysmith


  • Michael Austin Viognier Borra Vineyard 2005

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    Didn't notice it was a screw top and maybe I've become a snob, but it was urine colored and didn't have much to offer to the palate. Read More

    Wine review by jenny35sew


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