2014WorkmanAyer2014 Workman Ayer, Ipso Facto White, Central Coast.
The latest Workman Ayer from Michel Ayer is the lovely and juicy 2014 Ipso Facto white, a 100% Viognier from a top vineyard in the Santa Barbara area, and it is certainly one of the better examples of this varietal to be found, especially at this price, putting next to Alban’s base bottling. The balanced Workman Ayer white shows pure Viognier character with tree picked apricot throughout with a heady perfume of honeysuckle, crushed stones and spicy jasmine. The palate is vibrant and lush with peach flesh, kiwi, mixed citrus and apple butter notes to go along with core of mentioned apricot. While very forward and direct there is nice vigor and vitality to be found, the lively acidity and light mineral elements are very welcome and give this wine so life and focus. I liked the first set of wines from Workman Ayer I sampled, but without question this release is the best yet for this small label, there are only about 147 cases of this Ipso Facto Viognier made, so you’ll have to look hard to find it, but if you are a fan of this grape and are looking for something unique then check it out. A lot of California Viognier, especially in this price class come across sweet or flabby, but the Workman Ayer does a nice job of giving pleasure, but still retaining poise and vitality, drink over the next 2 to 3 years, it will be best enjoyed young and fresh.
($24 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive

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