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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  • OK, its 5.19 - time to open the first bottle. I'm not sure what Greg has planned, but I figured this would be a good start:Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Blanc Kritt 2005http://www.snooth.com/wine/domaine-marc-kreydenweiss-pinot-blanc-kritt-2005/What are you looking forward to drinking? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Friday - what are you... by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Domaine de Gournier Viognier Vin de Pays des Cévennes 2005

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    Wine review by walterbode


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Blend Columbia Valley Orphelin Limited Release 2005

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    This is a well executed grape stock sourced, quality Rhone style blend, ala ... pts. 1% Pinot Noir and 1% Viognier. Yikes ~craft away I say! It was hard enough to type all that? So for the reasonable price and regardless of somewhat somber notes, this does pretty darn well using a Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault toppers to that whole host of variabl... Read More

    Wine review by gtv john


  • Yalumba Shiraz Blend Barossa Shiraz & Viognier 2005

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    I enjoyed this wine over several days. It is a very nice red color and tastes great!! Read More

    Wine review by corkylou


  • Yalumba Hand Picked Barossa Shiraz/Viognier 2005

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    I found this wine to be fruity yet a subtle mix of many zinfandel fruits - it pleasantly suprised me - great black cherry nose - extra smooth finish - I enjoyed this all by itself - would recommend for the price no doubt! Read More

    Wine review by deconut


  • Roxyann Viognier Rogue Valley 2007

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    Northwest Wine Press rated the 2007 Viognier "Outstanding" and awarded it the "Pacific Northwest Wine of the Week: March 31, 2009". Read More

    Wine review by myfriendsatroxyann


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2007

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    Very impressive. Brilliant citrus flavor and ripped sweetness of fruit with clear/smooth acidity. I've never drink this kind of white wine, and really appreciate to the excellent job! Read More

    Wine review by show


  • Elyse Petite Sirah Rutherford 2004

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. Elyse Winerys 2006 ... ... Sirah, 9% Zinfandel, 1% Viognier. Enjoy now until 201 Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Phillipe Faury Condrieu 2005

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    Sumptious, but balanced and fresh - not at all heavy. Highly aromatic with flowers and tropical citrus on the nose. Pear, peach and (I know this sounds odd), rootbeer on the palate. Darn good! Read More

    Wine review by Karine05


  • Peltier Station Viognier 2006

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    This ia not a wine. It is some kind of liquid flower. Most Viognier has that floral nose but taste like some strange Chardonnay. Not this. It tastes like drinking orchids. I'm not a white wine drinker but this is one of my favorites. It has so much WOW factor that you white wine drinkers may have to take some time to appreciate it. (Sorry for be... Read More

    Wine review by JamesR


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