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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  • Old Bridge Cellars d'Arenberg Hermit Crabmars Vio05 White 2005

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    Lemony gold in colour with a big, blousy, flowery nose of camomile, asparagus, ... than just another New World viognier. It does a decent impression of a good Rhône white, although it's just a tad slick and mathematically balanced to trump one of those wilful, nervy oddities.Would work with a creamy white sauce on fish, or, as we're having ton... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


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  • Goats Do Roam Wine Company White Rhone Blend Goats Do Roam White 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by daveferrick


  • Arrogant Frog Ribet White 2005

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    simple but tart, more citrusy than floral. paired well with spicy asian (red chili tuna roll, lemon grass pasta salad with peanut sauce) Read More

    Wine review by archie7683


  • Porter Creek Viognier Russian River Valley Timbervine Ranch 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulsC


  • Helen's Hill Shiraz 2006

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    Floral with a bit of spice. Not my thing in Shiraz. Not a big fan of the viognier blended in even if it is just 2%. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Sunstone Sbc Viognier 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jfoland


  • Hey Mambo Swanky White 2006

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    Wine review by dlight


  • Incognito Viognier 2004

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    This is a previous Gold Medal Wine Club-Gold Series selection. In the words of ... was actually a rare clone of Viognier that mysteriously appeared in California during the past decade. The 2005 Viognier continues the award winning tradition by recently earning a Gold Medal at the West Coast Wine Competition and a Silver Medal at the New World... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Alban Vineyards Viognier Central Coast 2005

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    BIG and HUGE this vio is full of pineapple and honeysuckle flavors, yet it has fantastic acid. Unctuous! Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


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