Best Viognier Wine

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Viognier's home is France, especially in the northern Rhône Valley regions of Condrieu and Château-Grillet (the latter has just ten acres and one owner), where it's the only white grape used and produces magnificently fragrant, voluptuous and expensive wines. It's also grown in Languedoc, Roussillon, Provence, Australia, Brazil, California, Oregon and Washington.

The grape is difficult to grow because its prone to mildew and produces small yields. If left to overripen, it will have a bland, winery taste and high alcohol.

Signature aromas include ripe apricots, orange blossoms, peaches, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, tangerine, honeysuckle, spring blossoms, musk and acacia.

My reviews of these  Viognier white wines are updated weekly. These Viognier white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Viognier wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Viognier in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Ampakama Don Baltazar Casa Montes Chardonnay Viognier 2007
San Juan, Argentina
A beautifully expressive blend of equal portions of Chardonnay and Viognier. This wine offers enticing notes of ripe melon, dried apricot, honeysuckle and peach. Barrel fermented and aged 6 months in French and American oak. Chardonnay Viognier food pairings: white meats, seafood, rice dishes, creamy cheeses. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $15.00 Score: 90/100

This Chardonnay Viognier was reviewed June 12, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

 

Calliope Viognier 2010
Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada
Lovely white wine with aromatic floral notes and the essence of honeysuckle blossoms on the first day of spring. Medium-bodied and balanced. Viognier food pairings: pancetta-wrapped chicken breast, roast turkey, lobster bisque. Alcohol: 13.2%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Price: $15.99 Score: 87/100

This Viognier was reviewed June 22, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 176024  Check Stock
 

Trivento Reserve Viognier 2008
Mendoza, Argentina
A lovely, fresh, delicate white from Mendoza's Uco Valley. Good length and great acidity. Pleasing aromas of tropical fruit (melon) and white flowers. Terrific as an aperitif or food companion. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $12.95 Score: 89/100

This Viognier was reviewed June 12, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

 

Bonterra Viognier 2010
Mendocino County, California, United States
Floral and aromatic; such a lovely refreshing white. Good mouth-watering action. I couldn't ask for more, well maybe - please top me up. This organic wine has just 9 mg/l of free sulphur. Viognier food pairings: spicy dishes, seafood, chicken. Alcohol: 13.9%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Price: $19.95 Score: 90/100

This Viognier was reviewed July 21, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 128900  Check Stock
 

Clay Station Unoaked Viognier 2011
Lodi, California, United States
Lovely white floral notes with some peach. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Good price. Pair with medium curries and spiced dishes. Viognier food pairings: moderately spiced Indian curry. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Spectacular Spicy Wine  Price: $16.95 Score: 88/100

This Viognier was reviewed February 16, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 25411  Check Stock
 


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Viognier

Viognier often has a viscous, opulent, creamy texture, even without oak aging. With oak aging, it also has notes of butter, cream, oak, smoke, tobacco and toast. Late-harvest and dessert styles have deeply ripe tropical fruit aromas.

Viognier is as intensely aromatic as Gewürztraminer and suffers the same problem of being difficult to pronounce. To wit: VEE-ohn-yay.

Viognier is often blended with other white grapes, such as Marsanne, Rousanne, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Sometimes, Viognier is blended with Syrah in the Rhône Valley's Côte Rotie or with Shiraz in Australia to soften the red wine and to give it an aromatic lift. This "seasoning" of about five percent of Viognier also helps stablize the wine's color and enrichs its texture.

Viognier is best consumed young, no more than three to four years after its vintage date before its heady, hedonistic fragrance fades. The exceptions are those made in the Condrieu and Château-Grillet, which can age for decades because they're aged in oak for several months before bottling.

Pair Viognier with mild curries, shellfish, ham, poultry, oily nuts, Emmental cheese, sashimi, sushi, lamb, butternut squash risotto, pork chops, lobster thermidore, carrot soup and roast vegetables.