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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  • Okay, I'm providing wine for my family (or I hope so, or I won't have ... how about Pine Ridge Chenin-Viognier for about $12?  Or an Albarino?  Or a Tahbilk Marsanne, one of my few go-to Aussie wines?  Or a Fiano or Falanghina from Italy, which can regularly come in for $15?  (Reading DMcker's advice after first draft--great minds think alike.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Acquiesce Winery makes some fantastic whites.  They are very focused on ... ... Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier.   The beauty of this wine is that it is not a big fruity or tarty bomb.  This one needs some air.. about an hour open is best, and bring up to temp a bit if stored in a typical refrigerator.  Nose is soft poached pears with a hint o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • A veritable Jekyll and Hyde roller coaster of weather swept across Europe this ... ... Condrieu reported sturdy Viognier and syrah. Rain in Gigondas kept soil humid through August and September, but estates say the area's Grenache exhibits good fruit and balance. Acid rot hit Côte Rotie  this year, resulting in a quick harvest.  Champagne saw ... Read More

    From the article The 2014 Harvest is in for France and Germany


  • Cinquante-Cinq Viognier Languedoc White

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    The 2013 is a very enjoyable Viognier and well worth the money. Read More

    Wine review by RUS


  • The status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York ... Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier and a smattering of other grapes. Though at least a portion of these wines often sees vinification in oak, they are nonetheless impressively aromatic. They are also broad on the palate with good weight, yet their acidity is so cr... Read More

    From the article Innovation Sweeping South Africa: Get Thirsty!


  • Box wine, depending on who you ask, is either the future of wine or the ugly ... Veltliner, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc,  and more -- which is a sure conversation starter in and of itself. Retailing for around $17 and clocking in at 13.5% alcohol, don't let the whimsical packaging lure you into thinking that ther... Read More

    From the article Don't Belittle the Box Wine!


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Quattro 2013

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    One of the few wineries in the region using the real German varietals - not just sturdier hybrids - this blend lets their natural sweetness shine. Subtle and honeyed, but still fairly simple. It's their crowd pleaser. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Viognier 2013

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    A higher RS than your typical Viognier. Unusual orange notes and a very rich, creamy mouthfeel make this the equivalent of drinking a Creamsicle. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery A6 2012

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    Reversing the traditional treatments for its varietals, the Viognier is aged in oak and the Chardonnay is entirely steel fermented, giving a nice medium weight and strong fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


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