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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  • Cline Cellars Viognier Sonoma County 2007

    Snoothrank:

    surprised by the floral undertones. downside is the acidic after taste lasts for a while. Read More

    Wine review by liberalWill


  • Last night I met up with fellow Snoother Adam Levin at the (relatively) new wine bar in San Francisco called the Press Club (www.pressclubsf.com). What makes this wine bar a little different is that is anchored by 8 wineries from Sonoma and Napa: - Chateau Montelena (Napa)- Fritz (Sonoma)- Hanna (Napa/Sonoma)- Landmark (Sonoma)- Miner Family (N... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Press Club San Francisco ...


  • Well I have plans to include several Syrahs in this thread over the next 2 weeks but let me begin with one of my favorite Syrah producers. J L Chave and his lovely 1996 Hermitage:Richly aromatic from the moment this is opened offering up an array of gamy tones to the earthy, blackberry fruit. Integrated in the mouth with the acidity seemingly qu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Snooth GTI - Syrah - post...


  • I am writing an article on the 'new wave' of flavours [more than only new varieties] that are becoming more popular - my approach is that more complex flavours are becoming popular for the consumer... comsumer may like Chardonnay but they are exploring new approaches to the same varieties... they are trying new regions, new countries, etc, in se... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help on Writing a wine...


  • I have not had many Viogniers but I find them very 'weird' and hard to match with food... any recommendations to change my view on this varietal? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier with Food


  • Fess Parker Viognier Santa Barbara County 2007

    Snoothrank:

    This is a big mama of a wine. Bursting with juicy apricot, pear and tropical fruit aromas. Well rounded, cloying in a nice way, wine with a smooth finish. Full bodied yet relatively dry. Late summer evening wine. Read More

    Wine review by veeownyeah


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier Clarksburg 2012

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    This is one of my absolute favorite , and go-to, white wines. The nose is light and grapefruitey. The taste is citrus fruit all around. My previous go-to, crowd pleasing White was Conundrum, but this wine has taken the top rank. It is somewhat more complex and satisfying than Conundrum, while being just as refreshing and satisfying. Furthe... Read More

    Wine review by JSG


  • The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier Boekenhoutskl 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ted J


  • D'Arenberg the Laughing Magpie 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by napalover


  • D' Arenberg "The Laughing Magpie" Mclaren Vale 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by napalover


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