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

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    No written review

    Wine review by Majikk


  • Fess Parker Viognier Santa Barbara County 2006

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    We loved this wine! A beautiful, clear color with peachy and vanilla (maybe a bit buttery)flavor and so smooth and drinkable. Great with spicy foods. Read More

    Wine review by gentlegarden


  • Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha 2005

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    Notes: Aged in French Oak barrels for one year, this Syrah, with a bit of Cabernet and Viognier mixed in, has an alcohol content of 14.5%.This wine was medium-bodied and has a nice spicy berry flavor. I could definitely taste a hint of the oak (or perhaps cedar wood is a better term). Very indicative of a Chilean Syrah. The wine opened up as it ... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Rosenblum Cellars Viognier Lodi Late Harvest Ripken Ranch 2002

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    Wine review by JoshK42


  • Ámaurice Cellars Viognier 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by 5rubymom14


  • Hi All,I'm here in Australia on a business trip and it looks like I will have one day to visit a wine region around Melbourne. I've decided on either Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. So I am poising a question to my fellow Snoothers:1. If you had a choice, which one would you go to? Yarra or Mornington?2. In each region, which wineries w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australia - Yarra Valley or...


  • Vin de Pays des Cevennes Domanine de Gournier Viognier 2007

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    Weak, with a finish that doesn't allow for lingering enjoyment. That is, if there was any to begin with. Read More

    Wine review by sacredsky


  • I can't find the ideal match though I haven't strayed from dry whites and reds yet. Correct me if I'm wrong but aged brie has a bit of that moldiness that almost reminds me of TCA. Who wants a wine that complements TCA? If wine did go with TCA then cork taint wouldn't be a fault! Anyway maybe I should venture into the sweeter realm since bluevei... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What wine for Brie?


  • M & D Phillips Incognito Viognier 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by RALPH RIVERA


  • Domaine Coudoulet Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc 2006

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    Not as much of a gritty aftertaste as a lot of Viognier's I've had in the past which is a good thing. That said it still has quite a high chalkiness and rich in citrus which cuts through as an initial taste before a softer apple quality emerges. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


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