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

Omina Romana 2018 Ars Magna Viognier
92 points
$50
Light gold color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of orange marmalade, vanilla bean, ripe starfruit, spiced orange tea, licorice, tarragon, and peach danish with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and heavy oak flavor. A joyful Viognier with toasty and balanced oak kissed with notes of orange zest and vanilla bean.
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.
Lawer Estates 2019 Betsys Vineyard Viognier
90 points
$30
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach tart, mango, orange blossom, oleander flowers, white chocolate, and banana pot de creme with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish that presents notes of ripe apricot and buttery frosting with light oak flavor. A rich and exuberant Viognier that will delight lovers of the varietal.
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.
Narmada Winery 2019  Viognier
89 points
$30
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, tangerine peel, hints of white peach, and almond with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish displaying accents of lemon-spritzed apples and pears with no oak flavor. A friendly, pleasing white with wide appeal.
Lawer Estates 2018 Betsys Vineyard Viognier
89 points
$28
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of ripe pear and citrus blossom with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length peach, green apple, and carnation finish with no oak flavor. Concentrated aromas and a length palate make this an extroverted, refreshing summer sipper.
Siegel 2020 Special Reserve Viognier
88 points
$17
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach gummies, tinned pears, hints of juniper, bay, and steamed rice with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish evoking notes of dried apple with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking Viognier for everyday indulging.
Barboursville Vineyards 2019 Reserve Viognier
88 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas of graham cracker, buttercream, and green apples with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length mixed citrus custard, hints of white flowers, and underripe peach finish with no oak flavor. A silky, understated Viognier with great versatility for the table.