2012 Workman Ayer "De Facto" Central Coast Rhone Blend

SKU #1270917 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 The two-family winery produces a lovely and layered wine, with aromas of blueberry extract, wet black tobacco, cinnamon roll, smoked oak and aromatic herbs. Purple flowers of violet and lavender come alive on the palate, with licorice in the midpalate and tartness on the finish. (MK)  (2/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Sleek and ripe, with appealing flavors of raspberry, caramel and spice. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2020. (TF, Web-2015)

K&L Notes

Blend: 80% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2016 | Send Email
Admittedly, Michel Ayer is an old college buddy of mine but I will not let that sway my critique of this wine. It's delicious. Showing all the hallmark elements of what I look for in a Rhone blend, this has that rich berry fruit, subtle smoked meaty tones and a panoply of spices like clove and allspice permeating this saturated and silky red. Gorgeous nuance and complexity, never heavy, just full bodied and like I said, "Delicious." Serve with aforementioned smoky meats like short ribs and brisket or even a some braised lamb shoulder.

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