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.

Porcupine Ridge Boekenhoutskloof Viognier Grenache Blanc 2009
W.O., Western Cape, South Africa
Vintages Wine Panel: Porcupine Ridge wines, with their charming and distinctive labels, continue to delight and impress across the board. Their intensely floral Viognier/ Grenache Blanc blend shows yet again that this winery is going from strength to strength. Ripe peach fruit and spicy notes on the nose are picked up again on the palate. Dry, creamy-textured, and spicy with a long finish. My note: Lovely floral, zesty white with notes of rose petal and spices. Mouth-watering and wonderful with Asian and curries. Viognier Grenache Blanc food pairings: shellfish appetizers, moderately spiced Asian cuisine. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2015  Price: $16.95 Score: 88/100

This Viognier Grenache Blanc was reviewed February 19, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

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McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2011
California, United States
Very aromatic and vibrant with lots of welcomed acidity. Floral with peach blossom and bone dry finish. Viognier food pairings: seared scallops, blackened tuna steaks. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Top Rated White Wine  Price: $18.95 Score: 92/100

This Viognier was reviewed August 4, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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Creation Wines Viognier 2009
Walker Bay, Hermanus, South Africa
Terrific balance between the vibrant green apple notes and the warm, toasty oak. Richly fruity with great acidity. Finishes clean. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2013  Price: $15.00 Score: 88/100

This Viognier was reviewed May 13, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

 

Gérard Bertrand Réserve Spéciale Viognier 2011
I.G.P., Pays D'oc, Midi, France
Gorgeous! Intense and aromatic with orange zest and honeysuckle aromas on the nose. Lemon dry and mouth-watering on the palate. Medium- to full-bodied. Intense and lovely. Great for Asian fare. Viognier food pairings: grilled shrimp, lobster. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Scrumptious Seafood Wine  Best Value White Wine  Price: $15.95 Score: 90/100

This Viognier was reviewed March 30, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Bonterra Viognier 2007
Mendocino, Lake County, California, United States
So very lovely! Some light spices, floral notes and peach. Perfect for Asian and mild curries and as an aperitif. This organic wine has only 9 mg/L of free sulphur. Viognier food pairings: Asian, mild curries. Alcohol: 13.7%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $18.95 Score: 90/100

This Viognier was reviewed October 16, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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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.