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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  • Biltmore Estate Marsanne Viognier NV

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    Wine review by mduncan169


  • Kunde Viognier Sonoma Valley 2006

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    Super balanced viognier with great spice and fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


  • Steel Creek Vineyards Viognier California 2005

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    Wine review by johnnycomelately


  • E. Guigal Viognier Condrieu la Doriane 2004

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    Very floral on the nose. Boiled Sweets? (Tropical Fruits). Oily on the mouth with a lingering finish. Read More

    Wine review by Primat43


  • La Crema Bennett Valley Viognier 2006

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    Great wine for the money. Works really well with spicy food. Serve chilled. It is very refreshing, with great fruit flavours and nice smoothness. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Fairview Estate Goats Do Roam South Africa 2003

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    Definitely good value for money among new world wines, if I may use that term. ... Shiraz, 12% Mourvedre, 3% Viognier makes a nice medium bodied wine that is slightly spicy with notes of toast and coffee. While I found the structure and the body somewhat wanting I will remember it rather as an easy drinking wine. We had it maybe 3 hours after ... Read More

    Wine review by gabor


  • On Friday, January 25th Napa Valley residents celebrated the Immortal Memory of ... ... Condrieu La Petite Cote (Viognier) will always be a desert island wine of mine. (2 Snooth Glasses)2005 Vineyard 29 Cru: An obvious crowd pleaser, rich and ultra-concentrated, lovely (cassis), dark (cherry) and deep (chocolate) from the venerable Phillipe Mel... Read More

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  • On Friday, January 25th Napa Valley residents celebrated the Immortal Memory of ... ... Condrieu La Petite Cote (Viognier) will always be a desert island wine of mine. (2 Snooth Glasses) 2004 Hartwell Merlot: I jones a good Merlot and was truly excited about tasting this wine this very evening, but the wine showed a faint hint of volatile acidi... Read More

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  • Domaine Yves Cuilleron Viognier Vin de Pays 2005

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    Wine review by danpetroski


  • Domaine Yves Cuilleron Condrieu la Petite Cote 2006

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