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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  • Magnificent Wine Company Syrah Columbia Valley 2006

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    This wine needs to breath. For a wine that is supposed to be an everyday wine ... I'd expect there to be some Viognier in the wine but I can't tell for sure. Finish is soft and medium lengt Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • J.C.Cellars Inc Ripken Late Harvest Viognier 2005

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    Fell in love with this wine right away. Tastes just like honey, but I wasn't overwhelmed by the sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by genevievegrant


  • Sandhill Viognier Blanc 2006

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    Just like the label said, apricot and peach notes were readily apparent. Medium-full fruit flavour, leaning more to peach than apricot, some grassy/herbaceous infusion. Nice flinty finish. Definitely opened up once it warmed up a degree or two - be patient, wait a short while after removing from your cooler. $29.99 Cdn at liberty wine. A few buc... Read More

    Wine review by veeownyeah


  • J.C.Cellars Inc Ripken Late Harvest Viognier 2005

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    Buy this honey juice. Nose of honeycomb and taste of honey water. Beautiful clear and vibrant golden color. Read More

    Wine review by 77280Adam Levin 77280 Adam Levin


  • The Lane Vineyard Ravenswood Lane Viognier 2006

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    Initially seems a bit overoaked on the nose and palate, but settles nicely and ... a hint of sugar, this is a viognier with a capital V -- a pleasurable drink, but, I think, not terribly food-friendly. It might work with, e.g., a lobster thermidor or some other kind of rich seafood with a brandy cream sauc Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


  • I have been trying to track down a syrah/shiraz for my husband. It is Balthazar (Balthasar). I am hoping to order several bottles online. This particular wine was under $15- per bottle. He found it online maybe one - two months ago, but I can't find it anywhere (good research librarian that I am...) If anyone has a source for this wine or can re... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tracking down Balthazar


  • Brooklyn Oenology Viognier United States Long Island-Long Island Viognier 2007

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    Started with a floral nose which led to a soapy mouthfeel. The finish was fairly metallic - not my favorite wine from BKLYN Oenology Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Horton Vineyards Viognier Orange County 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by DCwinefiend


  • Altas Cumbres Viognier 2007

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    peach & apricot, nice & smooth with a crisp finish. excellent value for the money. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru


  • Terra Blanca Viognier 2005

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    Nice enough nose, with apricot, peach and citrus notes. Same on the palete. The wine's alcohol level was a bit high for a white, at least for me at 13.5%. Or perhaps it was just me noticing the alcohol. I still liked the wine, but couldn't rate it higher. Read More

    Wine review by JoshuaChrist


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