Viognier

Viognier is a fragrant, powerful white grape grown in Languedoc-Roussillon and the Rhône Valley of France. It is the only grape allowed in Condrieu; elsewhere in the Rhône it is typically blended with other white grapes such as Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Rolle (or Vermentino), or blended as a small percentage into Côte Rôtie. It is also grown in other countries including Australia and the United States. Viognier is well-known for producing wines with distinct floral aromas and assertive stone fruit flavors. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Viognier among our extensive Viognier wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Viognier reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Viognier, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Cayuse 2012 Cailloux Vineyard Viognier (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

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  1. $70

A brilliant effort, this belongs right up there with the very best New World Viogniers. White flowers, lemon curd and a lush mix of citrus aromas show immense concentration right from the start. Both precise and dense, the scents and flavors flow through into a tightly wound, mineral-soaked finish, bright with citrus and apricot fruit. The length and concentration…

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
95
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Abeja 2012 Viognier (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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  1. $30

Simply sensational, this estate-grown Viognier raises the bar for everyone. It’s a glorious mesh of citrus flesh and rind, elevated with spicy highlights of orange, tangerine and Meyer lemon. Outstanding concentration, focus and depth, with juicy acidity underlying an astonishing finish.

 — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
95
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Arrowood 2009 Saralee's Vineyard Viognier (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $30

A brilliant, completely satisfying Viognier that shows its sunny California terroir in the ripe lemon, peach and mango flavors. It finishes dry, with a steely minerality, like stones and cold metal. Just gorgeous, one of the finest California Viogniers ever.

 — S.H.  (7/1/2012)
95
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Sanguis 2008 Fractured Flowers Viognier (California)

  1. $60

This 100% Viognier was grown in the Bien Nacido Vineyard. It’s bone dry, crisp in acidity and firm in wet stone minerals, while the rich fruit flavors suggest fresh, juicy citron, quince and sweet lime. Just wonderful, a bracing, pure, clean and pure example of a variety that can often be fussy.

 — S.H.  (2/1/2011)
95
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Alban 2000 Costello T.B.A. Viognier (Edna Valley)

  1. $65

Glugs out of the bottle as thick as mineral oil, a hint to the viscous texture. Don’t chill this too much, because it will stun the intensely rich botrytis and apricot preserves aromas, with their edge of wild honey and cinnamon. The ultimate impression is in the mouth, where the apricot and pear tart flavors drink like a nectary syrup, but are relieved with…

 — S.H.  (6/1/2003)
94
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Maison Nicolas Perrin 2012 Viognier (Condrieu)

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  1. $71

Rich, full and opulent, this is a honeyed, lush Condrieu probably best consumed by the end of 2015. Apricot and dried pineapple notes come across almost like a dry Sauternes, accented by lingering caramel and spice on the long finish.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
94
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E. Guigal 2012 La Doriane Viognier (Condrieu)

  1. $132

This seems a tad more restrained than usual for La Doriane, which has typically been extremely lush and exotic in the past. The 2012 isn’t as over the top, but still shows plenty of ripe apricot and tropical fruit framed by smoky oak and baking spices. The finish is long and mouthwatering, suggesting at least a few years of longevity.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2015)
94
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E. Guigal 2010 La Doriane Viognier (Condrieu)

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  1. $140

Despite being barrel fermented and matured, this Condrieu retains a remarkable amount of varietal character in its flamboyantly floral and spicy aromas. It’s full bodied, broad and richly textured, yet avoids any sense of heaviness, finishing on hints of honey and white pepper. Drink now–2020.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2014)
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