Besides having a strong affection for Fergie’s work, I love her for exempting me from sniffing at her “celebrity wine.” She seems to have a genuine interest in wine, no doubt through her father’s love of it. The publicity sheet tells me that Ferguson always had a keen interest in learning about different grape varieties and how terroir and climate affected the resulting wine. He would hold blind wine tasting competitions at his dinner parties for family and friends, the perfect litmus test for determining one’s grape nerd status. Anyway, I think it’s great when a rich, young celebrity helps dad realize a dream.
The boutique winery turns out limited-production wines - their 2012 Viognier amounted to only 210 cases. It’s a 100% varietal wine that hits 14.5% abv on the alcohol scale and rings up at $27.50 on the cash register. No new oak was used in aging and the grapes were whole cluster pressed.
My first impression: "Damn, this is good Viognier." I know a little Viognier "never killed nobody," but this is "Beautiful Dangerous." Tinted gold in the glass, it's a great looking wine. The nose gives forth some nice pear, apple and honeysuckle scents, with a little herbal essence sneaking up, late in the sniff. But wait, as they say on the two-minute-long commercials. There's more. The taste is truly amazing, and I don't often say that - or even think that - about Viognier. Super-ripe peaches, nectarines and pears are offset by a wonderful green note. It's "Glamorous," not "Clumsy." It's a big wine, and not just due to a substantial alcohol content. It feels big in the mouth and drinks big going down, with plenty of acidity. If you are "not a white wine person," you should try this one.
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