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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  • Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2014

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    Binny's 8/2015. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

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    Mariano's 8/2015. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2014

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    The 2014 vintage Trebella won triple platinum in its home land and justly so... ... on well-ripened Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne with typical Tisane (Herb tea) floral notes on the nose in addition to cake spice. Entry is warm (14% alcohol) and peach-like with a zesty, spicy and medium finish. More dense and less thirst-quenching than 2013... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Rockpile Winery Syrah Madrone Spring Vineyard 2010

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    Initial tartness on the tip of the tongue surprises me a bit. That diminishes quickly, and is followed by a somewhat gamey sensation. Another surprise is sweetness that pops up towards the back of the tongue/palate. Fairly full-bodied, but not monstrous by any calculation. Nice because it does not blow you away with berry or cherry flavors. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Hand of God Fingerprint Series White Blend 2012

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    Wine review by Red hot Dog


  • Confin Cachapoal Valley Chile Viognier Reserva Especial 2013

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    Very complex, I find my palate torn between Ah NO! too--Wow and I keep drinking it trying to find why this cuvee appeals to me, just a bit dry, but even that is a good thing......,) Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Mccay Cellars Viognier 2014

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    The wine is a pale amber in the glass while the nose is a rather subdued ...-viognier.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Viognier 2014

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    Ripe pineapple, honeysuckle, and a hint of chamomile greet the nose. ... the ... the experience of this value Viognier Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Imagery Estate Winery Viognier Russian River Valley 2013

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    Clear, very pale yellow in the glassvery close to white. Very floral, perfumey nose with the slightest hint of spice that I would associate with Gewurztraminer. Sure enough, lots of white stone fruit flavor on the tip of the tongue that morphs into a melon suggestion at the back. Also, a bit of spritz on the tip of the tongue. Good acid back... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Zufrieden, has anybody ever told you that you seem to always speak in parables? ... ... I really do not care for Viognier.  Well this is the last one that Imagery will be sending to me.  The initial reaction is that it is another Viognier--very flowery nose wth, maybe, a hint of Gewurztraminer, stone fruit flavors--nectarine, plum--with, agian,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I tried and bought 2009 and 2010 Vigonier from Mc pherson Vineyards in Lubbock, Texas. I thought they were outstanding!! K. Kangas

    Comment by 794009ohiokangas 794009 ohiokangas


  • The best Viognier ever is Raventos Blanc Parfum de Vi Blanc, Penedes!!!!

    Comment by 832213viognierbabe 832213 viognierbabe


  • Since its orginal planting and first harvest in 1993 at Horton Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia (Monticello Appelation)- Viognier has risen not only to become the top grape in Virginia- but the wines produced from it have become some of the first to recognized as "competitive" with wines from the rest of the world. One of the reasons for ...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


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