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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  • Boekenhoutskloof Wolf Trap 2007

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    Wine review by macgyver4ever


  • Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha 2005

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    It is so nice to have "Wine Friends" that are as excited about wine as I am. ... add a bit of Cabernet and Viognier to the Syrah, and the wine becomes better then the sum of its parts. This wine certainly does. With the addition of 7% Cabernet and 3% Viognier the wine is given some added structure and great aromatics. This wine is a smooth gem... Read More

    Wine review by WineGent


  • Anglim Viognier Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard 2006

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    Wine review by oceank8


  • Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay Alexander Valley Robert Young Vineyard 2005

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    Chateau Saint Jean has been represented in my cellar for many years. Their ... ... bottle of Savignon Blanc or Viognier of excellent quality then suffer through a mediocre chardonnay. The 2005 Belle Terre Chardonnay delivered a lot of quality for the price. As a reviewer, I should not make assumptions before tasting. This wine reinforced the ... Read More

    Wine review by WineGent


  • Carina Cellars Viognier Santa Ynez Valley Stolpman Vineyard 2005

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    Wine review by drift75


  • At Larkmead Vineyards we have a Tasting Room. But as our venerable, resident ... As well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Viognier and Tocai.Our vineyard is Cabernet dominated with 60% of the 113 acres planted. We produce wine from less than 50% of all the grapes we grow, selling the remainder to other wineries, the largest buyer being Duckhorn. Since ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Art of Blending


  • At Larkmead Vineyards we have a Tasting Room. But as our venerable, resident ... As well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Viognier and Tocai. Our vineyard is Cabernet dominated with 60% of the 113 acres planted. We produce wine from less than 50% of all the grapes we grow, selling the remainder to other wineries, the largest buyer being Duckhorn. Since... Read More

    From the article The Art of Blending


  • Perry Creek Viognier El Dorado County 2006

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    Wine review by Gbuck


  • Franciscan Oakville Estate Fountain Court 2007

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    Wine review by mkgjenkins


  • Heartland Viognier Pinot Gris Blend 2004

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    Wine review by sixinchheels


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