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.

Boekenhoutskloof Winery The Wolftrap Viognier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2011
South Africa
Subtle floral and white peach on the nose: bursts like sunshine on the palate. Medium-bodied and lovely. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2014  Price: $13.95 Score: 87/100

This Viognier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc was reviewed November 20, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier 2007
Vin De Pays D'oc, Midi, France
Vintages Wine Panel: Viognier has come storming out of the northern Rhône to make a huge impact throughout the wine world. In the Midi, it has found a very happy home as this example demonstrates. It features aromas of floral, fresh marjoram, apricot/peach and spice. Dry, refreshing, and full bodied with juicy/fruity tones. A wine that will beautifully complement mildly spiced shrimp or prawn dishes. My note: Very pretty white floral notes, melon and lychee. Terrific minerality. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity. Viognier food pairings: Thai coconut shrimp, lamb tangine, smoked ham, mild spices and curries. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $17.95 Score: 89/100

This Viognier was reviewed February 28, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Alamos Viognier 2011
Mendoza, Argentina
Lovely and aromatic with rose petal, lily and baking spices. Medium-bodied and delicious. Perfect for Asian and curries. Viognier food pairings: Thai red-curry chicken, grilled shrimp. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Best Value White Wine  Price: $13.95 Score: 89/100

This Viognier was reviewed December 8, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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High Altitude Chardonnay Viognier 2012
Mendoza, Argentina
A crisp, clean, acidic, mouth-watering white that tastes more like pinot grigio than a blend of chardonnay and viognier grapes. Notes of white grapefruit. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2014  Price: $11.90 Score: 83/100

This Chardonnay Viognier was reviewed October 17, 2013 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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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.