Wine Spectator: 10 Rhone-Style California Whites
One new name to watch is Ferguson Crest, overseen by Pat Ferguson and his family (his daughter is Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie). Ferguson is focused on making what he calls “boutique wine that people can afford,” adding that he wants the wine to stand on its own merit and not just its celebrity connection. With winemaker Joey Tensley in charge, he’s off to a good start with this balanced, fresh and creamy version. FERGUSON CREST Viognier Santa Barbara County 2012 Score: 90 | $28 Balanced and pure, with rich, lush pear, peach and yellow raisin flavors that are smooth and creamy, showing floral and spice overtones and a refreshing acidity on the long, spicy finish. Drink now. 210 cases made.—M.W. Read more.