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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      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

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  • Condrieu

    Condrieu (From the French coin de ruisseau meaning "corner of the brook") is a French wine-growin...

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Viognier on Snooth

  • OT- yes, wine is quite amazing...  it is such a reward to really find it ... of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, and Sangiovese. There's seems to be something great about the 07's from that region.  I don't drink a lot of wine from Santa Ynez, but had an 07 Curran tempranillo that was amazing.  Went back for more, but they were out of the 07,... Read More

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  • Umm, I haven't really bought any wine aside from group bottles at ... you ... you nailed it on the Qupe Viognier at least.And I eased back into the states by drinking one bottle of Pierre Paillard grower Champagne (yeasty but good), two 2004 Brunelli (Corte Pavone and Poggio di Salvo), and a 2011 Barbera. After the trip and in anticipation of ... Read More

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  • Most recently some horrible Zin. I knew the name from years ago and decided to ... was some clearance closeout Viognier at Qupe's winery, along with some of their Syrah. Viognier is usually the most disappointing white grape around - beautiful nose promising so much, and then failing to deliver anything. Well, Qupe got it right just like they ... Read More

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  • In my continuing coverage from this year’s prowein, additional ... ... perfumed style. A blend of Viognier, Vermentino, and Chardonnay. 87pts  2012 Musar Jeune Rouge $20 100% Cinsault Dusty, earthy, and a bit floral on the nose. This opens with a nice, bright hit of acid then turns a bit inky on the palate which is dry and decidedly tight show... Read More

    From the article The Greatest Wine You've Never Heard of?


  • Tortoise Creek Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc le Verger 2012

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    Very fragrant wine. Acidity and minerality dominate the palate. Unoaked. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Pure Viognier 2011

    Snoothrank:

    A fresh and bright style of viognier. Quite aromatic with notes of apple along with white flower, white peach, and sweetgrass. More of the same on the palate with lots of mouthwatering acid. Lots of body and viognier mouth coating richness. My sweetie really enjoyed this one. I tried pairing it with a goat cheese and pineapple-guava/feijoa salad... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2013

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    A bit mineral on the nose this smells and tastes almost like a rose. Fruity up ... perfumed style. A blend of Viognier, Vermentino, and Chardonnay. 87pt Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Anaba Alder Springs Vyd Mendocino 2010

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    Great Surprise, even more so because I cannot remember how I received this Wine. Lovely, well rounded and big and silky in the mouth. Great blend of stone fruit, a hint of smoke, some oak, then - a swelling sweet cream with just a bit of vanilla taste...lingering on and on. Had this alone, but suspect it would pair perfectly with any number of ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • DMCKER,there are a couple of Steven Harvey's in Australia, however I ... ... ... Clonakilla's Shiraz Viognier, a Hilltops Shiraz, a Mudgee Shiraz/Cabernet blend, a Cowra Chardonnay, an Orange Shiraz, some Yarra Chardonnay &Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir, anything from Beechworth, Rutherglen fortifieds, Coonawarra Cabernet &Shiraz... Read More

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  • 2010 Jemrose Cardiac Cuvée - Vinified by Michael Brown of KB and Cirq, ... fruit, Syrah, Grenache and Viognier for $15? Got the email from Jemrose earlier today. Can't believe there is still some lef Read More

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