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.
Good acidity on this Central Coast white, but consumers should know it’s very sweet, and is better described as a dessert wine. The flavors are of sugared peaches, apricots and vanilla cream.
Full-bodied, superripe and rather sweet, this Viognier has sugary flavors of peaches, pears, pineapples, honeysuckle and vanilla custard. It’s good, but more like a dessert wine than a dry table wine.
Vibrant apricot notes make for a charming opening. Simple and light in the mouth, some mineral notes lead to a more layered finish of apricot and peach with just enough acidity on the finish to keep it feeling fresh. Drink up.
It seems that this wine has seen better days, and probably had a bit more life and zest when it was first released. The aromatic nose offers notes of mashed banana, overripe nectarine, lychee nectar and crushed sweet pea petals, while the mouth delivers little flavor to the palate and lies rather flat. Might pair nicely with citrus-based desserts; drink immediately.