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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  • Casa Rondena Viognier 2014

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    Another home grown from Casa Rondena. A creamy viscous looking gold in the glass. Opens with a herbaceous, yeasty, pear; then more unripe pear; ending with apricot and pear. Medium body in the mouth, small legs, and very tart with high acidity. Some of the pear carries over to the palate, but with tart kiwi and cranberry and a pleasant mineralit... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Yalumba Viognier Y Series 2010

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    Looking for a different white. Try a Viognier. It has a good balance between lemon and pineapple flavors. Usually bigger than most whites so it stands up well to winter cuisine. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Domaine du Monteillet Condrieu 2001

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... white wines made from the viognier grape in 7 communes forming a 12 mile stetch of the west bank of the Rhone south of the Cote-Rotie AOC.Four of the communes also form part of the Saint Joseph AOC.The grapes are grown on steep south and south-east facing slopes overlooking the r... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... ... Horse Heaven Hills Syrah/Viognier, 2012 Elerding Vyd Horse Heaven Hills Tempranillo, 2013 Rattlesnake Road Vyd Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc, 2013 Willamette Valley Gamay Noir Rosé Eola-Amity Hills, 2013 Willard Farms/Thistle Vineyard Washington/Oregon Pinot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah Viognier 2011

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    Raspberry flavors and black cherry, dry finish. Interesting sipping wine. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Cooper's Hawk White Blend American NV

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    Like drinking watered down fermented fruit juice. Terrible Read More

    Wine review by Ganache


  • We tipped when the tasting room person went out of their way or did more than ... ... Roussanne Syrah, and Viognier), were also my standouts on my past visits, and I was not impressed with the Pinot for the most part.  Many of the single varietal Viogniers were too big and flabby, IMO.  But when blended, there were some really nice white Rhon... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara...


  • In my tasting at Tercero, it was also the Viognier blend (The Outlier) that impressed me most, though I didn't get to try the Mourvedre, which everyone raves about.Have also heard good things about Qupe's Roussane/Masanne. Anyhow Vv, sounds like a great trip, and thanks for all the reports. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara...


  • Sitting at the kitchen table after a long day of travel and sorting through my ... wines, a couple 2011 GSMs, a viognier, a 2009 syrah and our first zin of the trip. May be due to the aging or the winemaking, the Carina offerings came across as a bit more complex, richer and a bit fuller. After an excellent lunch at the Los Olivos Cafe we head... Read More

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  • Wednesday was a travel and cleansing day. We decided to take our time going ... ... up a chard, an excellent viognier, two pinots and our first rose (of pinot). There was also an option to taste their 2011 Founders' Vines Pinot for an extra $10. This is their high end, low production (5 barrels), top of the line pinot that sells to the public ... Read More

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