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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  • J. Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012


    A light viognier that is citrusy wih a touch of green apple. The finish is long and oaky. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Yesterday, The Guardian reporter Fiona Beckett threw down the corkscrewed ... ... ... riesling, pinot gris and viognier are periodically touted but I just don't see it happening” What Beckett does see happening is the emergence of the Italian dark horse. “I have a hunch that there's one wine that could do it: vermentino, which is produced main... Read More

    From the article Guardian Says Vermentino a Contender for the Sauv Blanc Throne

  • Rockpile Winery Syrah Madrone Spring Vineyard 2011


    Dark purple color almost matches dark brooding, earthy nose. Subtle blackberry flavor on the tongue. Then a saline sensation. Flavor of cedar on the back of the tongue/palate. Firm, not overwhelming tannin and acid. Probably ageable for the next decade. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I did not have any of the wines for the VT, but I enjoyed listening to the ... ... that I was the outlier on Viognier.  I just don't care for it as a varietal bottling--too flowery and too fruity.  The only exception was a couple years ago when I bought a couple bottles from, I think, Halcon.  Those were much more muted.  I'm very pleased to s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • OT - Viognier is one of those grapes that really tends to disappoint more than enchant. It smells nice and you think you're in for a treat but it's never got quite enough acidity, length, complexity or flavor. Qupe makes a decent one, but it's not extraordinary. Those from the N. Rhone are the standard for some people but I just think there are ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • OT, I agree.   For my palate, the zin was too hot and big. I ... for ... for the most part.I had the Viognier as well, and although you say this grape needs to be blended, I have had few single varietals that are decent.  It is hard to do... it does (and should IMO)  typically exhibit a floral nose, followed by a deeper, honey-like flash, but ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • 3hrs later the tannins have tamed but the heat is overpowering on the Lodi Zin, ... ... kinda disappointing. The Viognier was a bit OTT for me personally. Too much fruit. But then agin it's Viognier. It needs to be blended with  something. Fun VT though the conversation was predominately between the bloggers on site which was kinda strange. Any... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Over the years, multiple varieties have made the news for one reason or ... ... all have their own quirks. Viognier is an irregular setting variety which tends to only develop flavors towards the high end of the Brix scale and dump acid like last week’s leftovers anywhere outside of the Northern Rhone. When asked about the challenges of Viogni... Read More

    From the article Challenging Wine Personalities

  • Day 2 update:I think the biggest takeaway from this trip is going to be...It ... ... a plot of award-winning Viognier (planted in 1994) next to a centenarian oak tree with a vernal pool in the distance. I truly believe that the confluence of these environmental factors aids in the creation of distinctly wonderful wine.After our visit with Rob... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Philo Ridge Vineyards Viognier Nelson Ranch


    After visiting the charming (but expensive) rusticity of Boonville CA, one ... ... ... with Philo Ridge. This Viognier is nearly 4 years old, but doing well in the bottle with wonderful ginger, lychee, and stewed peach on the nose. If you like a ramped up Condrieu, this is your dram. The palate is warmed by a 14.6% alcohol level but this i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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