About Viognier White Wine

About Viognier White Wine
If you had to use one word to describe the flavor profile of Viognier, it would be exotic. Aromas of this lovely variety range from peach pie and cream to pineapple and honeysuckle. Famed for its role as the grape of the rare white wine Condrieu from France's Rhone Valley, dozens of California producers, from Lodi to Santa Ynez Valleys now work with Viognier, as do a few producers in Washington State and even in Virginia.

Top Picks for Viognier

Cunningham Creek Winery 2017 Estate Grown Viognier
94 points
$26
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of honey roasted tropical fruits, peach cobbler, honeysuckle on a cedar trellis, and pistachio oil with a velvety, soft, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long finish that shows accents of apple and pear sauce, pineapples in coconut milk, and white chocolate brittle with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delicious, big, tropical viognier with lots of varietal character.
San Simeon 2018  Viognier
92 points
$25
Straw color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of peach cobbler a la mode, orange sorbet, and banana and jasmine blossoms with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, distinctive, long finish with accents of Dreamsicle bar, dried apricot, and pineapple with no oak flavor. A wonderfully vibrant and flavor-packed Viognier that is sure to please.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards 2018 Best Friends Viognier
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, orange blossom, whipped cream, and white strawberry with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish conveying notes of navel orange, speculoos cookie, pineapple, and garrigue with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A tasty and balanced Viognier that’s easy to love.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Pebble 2016  Viognier
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of whole leaf tea, dried peach, white rose, passionfruit, and apricot nectar with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long vanilla almond bark and bitter tea finish with drying tannins. A tea-like viognier with exotic appeal; pair with rich meals or cellar.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Cline 2017 Estate Grown Viognier
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas of roasted peaches and toasted challah with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long Meyer lemon, orange blossom, cinnamon, allspice, and pineapple finish with medium, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy Viognier with vibrant, spicy character; well suited to island cuisine.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Italics 2017  Viognier
91 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of apricot jam, almond creme, ginger, and magnolia with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, intricate, long finish imparting touches of yuzu with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive, full-bodied viognier with table-friendly oak tannins and perfumed aromas.
San Simeon 2017  Viognier
91 points
$22
Golden yellow color. Tropical aromas of dried pineapple, ripe apricot, peach pie, gooseberry preserves, and cannabis with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length zucchini bread, baked mango, peach muffin, and balloon finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A ripe and juicy white that will be a superb pairing with fowl.
Alexandria Nicole 2019 Crawford Viognier
90 points
$24
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach, honeysuckle, lemon cordial, and coconut flakes with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of sweet pear and magnolia with no oak flavor. A round and pillowy Viognier with a great sense of purity.
Alexandria Nicole 2019 Shepherds Mark White Blend Horse Heaven Hills
90 points
$28
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of peaches, honey, white lilac, and wild lemon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, charming, medium-length finish manifesting shades of mango, sweet apples and pears and clove flecked shortbread with a suggestion of oak flavor. A buoyant, playful White Rhone Varietal blend with juicy flavors and a highly appealing style.
Crux Winery 2017 Caties Corner Vineyard Grenache Blanc Russian River Valley
90 points
$30
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of white peach, magnolia, flint, and underripe pear with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of fresh citrus zest and balsam. A full-bodied, vibrant Rhone Varietal Blend that will pair effortlessly.