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Full-figured and reminiscent of a potent floral perfume...
Full-figured and reminiscent of a potent floral perfume, Viognier is the mandatory grape of the northern Rhône appellation Condrieu and neighboring monopole (an entire appellation dedicated to just one winery) Château Grillet. It is also a blending variety in several appellations throughout the entire Rhône Valley. Viognier is grown throughout much of the world with some degree of success, but is perhaps at its best outside of France in Oregon, Washington, and cooler parts of Australia, where minerality and acidity can be achieved to give the wine the backbone it can sometimes lack.
In the Glass
This is a heady, aromatic variety making rich, complex, and full-bodied white wines redolent of a floral bouquet and assorted stone fruits and tropical fruits, with a hint of spice not unlike that of Gewürztraminer. It is lower in acidity than most white wines, lending to its heavy impression on the palate. While a whiff of Viognier might suggest sweet flavors, these wines are typically quite dry.
Viognier is an intense, bold variety that can easily stand up to gutsy food like pork loin with apricot stuffing, chicken Kiev, or rich, spicy fare.
While Viognier is a white grape, it also plays an important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône, made otherwise from Syrah. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.
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- White Wine4
- Bordeaux White Blends35
- Sauvignon Blanc27
- Rhône White Blends25
- Other White Blends18
- Other White Wine15
- Chenin Blanc6
- Gruner Veltliner3
- Pinot Gris/Grigio2
- Grenache Blanc1
- Pinot Blanc1
Reynvaan In The Rocks Viognier 2014Viognier from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Saint Cosme Condrieu 2015Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Jeff Cohn Cellars 2 Guys 2 Barrels Viognier 2013Viognier from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2016Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France