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.
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.
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.
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…
The most floral and lemony of Charles Smith’s trio of Viogniers, this received extra time in barrel, yielding a more Burgundian mouthfeel—rich and creamy. Just 10% saw new oak, which seems to be exactly right, adding a hint of toast without clobbering the floral subtleties.
This vintage marks a welcome return of Viognier to the otherwise all-red Cayuse portfolio. It’s an immaculate, elegant, complex wine, redolent of wet stone, dried herbs (thyme, rosemary), jicama, cucumber, lime, grapefruit, melon and more. It is clear and clean, precise and focused. It does not push the ripeness, or overshoot the cool vintage, and never sacrifices…
This tastes like a more concentrated and sweeter version of Stottle’s dry Viognier from the same vintage and vineyard. Deeply concentrated, complex and creamy, it’s loaded with citrus and stone fruits, honey and butterscotch, yet remains lifted by defining acidity.
This Viognier is easily Maison Bleue’s best yet, and it sets a high standard for every Viognier in the state. It’s superrich and concentrated without being fat, jammy, bitter or hot. The explosion of citrus, stone fruit and light tropical fruit flavors seems to extend indefinitely on the finish. Details of mineral, baking spice and honeysuckle add interest.
Ehren Jordan once again dips into this cult vineyard for his Central Coast Viognier, with spectacular results. The grape pedigree is evident in the intense ripeness, suggesting tropical fruits, green apples and pears, and the acidity, which is brisk and clean. A brilliant evocation of Viognier to drink now.