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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  • This was fantastic! As was getting it from a wine shop at half retail. ... 25% ... ... 25% Picpoul Blanc, 25% Viognier, and 17% Roussanne&nbs Read More

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  • Grace Estate Winery Viognier 2013

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    Light and crisp for a Viognier. Stainless steel aged. Less than robust palate. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Viognier 2013

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    Very light for a Viognier. Aromatic, floral nose, almost perfumed. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • OK, again, Semillon is far from the most arcane grape variety.  However, ... ... this one has an almost Viognier-like nose--flowery and with lots of tropical fruit.  Sure enough, on entry I get a big hit of pineapple and melon.  As the wine flows back banana flavor emerges.  Then there is a nice big hit of tartness.  That makes this wine so e... Read More

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  • Bodega Dominio Buenavista Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra Veleta 2007

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    i liked it Read More

    Wine review by testscreen


  • Second that OT, I'd still be drinking Annie Green Springs!So I started this ... ... (Lebanese white blend of Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay).  Not much on the nose maybe some subtle lemon cream. The palate is mainly lemon cream with a hint of anise, some nutmeg, medium acidity and a medium finish. Interesting diversion but not an everyday ... Read More

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  • Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2013

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    Cooked up some Lebanese chick pea stew so naturally had to reach for the ... ... ... (Lebanese white blend of Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay). Not much on the nose maybe some subtle lemon cream. The palate is mainly lemon cream with a hint of anise, some nutmeg, medium acidity and a medium finish. Interesting diversion but not an everyda... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Les Vins de Vienne Condrieu Blanc d'Argent 2012

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    great Read More

    Wine review by batonlone


  • Not quite unique enough for something completely different, but not your ... ... quaff either. This Condrieu viognier has plenty of floral aromatics of medium intensity. The palate is also very floral with honeysuckle and some stone fruit flavors of ripe peach and a touch of ripe pear. This is lacking a bit of acidity for my taste. The finish ... Read More

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  • Les Vins de Vienne Condrieu Blanc d'Argent 2012

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    Nice enough Viognier from Condrieu. Floral aromatics of medium intensity. The palate is very floral with honeysuckle and also some stone fruit flavors of ripe peach and a touch of ripe pear. This is lacking a bit of acidity. The finish is of medium length dominated by floral notes. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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