daniel gehrs2008 Petite Sirah. Paso Robles $28.00

Petite Sirah has a reputation as a midnight dark, viciously tannic red wine of rustic proportions and heroic alcohol levels. I set out to turn this reputation on its head by exploring a more cultured, post-troglodyte, easy drinking style that still lives up to its name and its legacy. Picked earlier, pressed sooner and bottled in its second winter, this wine showcases soft tannins and ripe blackberry fruity. The summer side of life. DRG 1/2010
daniel gehrs2009 Merlot, Central Coast, 87% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc. $20.00

After three back-to-back small vintages due to drought, frost and assorted fits of weather 2009 arrived with a strong, successful bloom, a warm but mild summer and a dry sunny autumn which was perfect for ripening a full crop of Merlot.  Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel, gentle pressing followed by patient aging in a cool, cellar environment reveal here a lovely and fragrant wine.  The in-blending of Malbec and Cabernet Franc in the above percentages adds the complexity of cranberry and blueberry respectively to the ripe, black cherry and tanned leather fragrance typical of Merlot.  Delicious, soft, lip-smacking tannins give length and structure to the finish.  Enjoy over the next 3-4 years.  DRG 11/10
daniel gehrs2009 Methuselah, Paso Robles. $46.00

Methuselah pays homage to the great wines of Bordeaux.  It is masterfully blended in a rich, traditional, yet accessible style which is not merely interesting but exciting.  Enjoy it over the next ten years.
daniel gehrs2009 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley $30.00

This Pinot Noir was grown in the Edna Valley appellation which has made quite a name for itself over the course of several decades.  Located only a few miles east of the resort town of Pismo Beach, separated by a narrow range of oak scrubbed hills this is a cool climate locale ideal for Pinot Noir.  The wine is luxuriantly soft and supple with black cherry, kirsch and warm brown spices framed by smooth, ripe fruit tannins.  Great with an amazing assortment of fine foods it will be at its best over the next 3-4 years.  DRG 11/10
daniel gehrs2009 Zinfandel, Russian River Valley. $28

This Zinfandel was grown near the town of Windsor in the Russian River AVA.  The vines are roughly 90 years old, unirrigated for many years, head trained, spur pruned in the manner of earlier times and low yielding.  The grapes were hand harvested late in the season on October 9.  A long fermentation over a 13 day period on the skins followed by pressing, if finished primary in tank late in the year.  Aging for 21 months in French and American oak barrels has produced a mellow yet fruity Zinfandel with abundant blackberry, spice, vanilla and peppercorn aromas and flavors true to its origins.  Enjoy over the next decade or more.  DRG 9/11
daniel gehrs2010 Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley AVA (San Benito County) $30.00

This 100% varietal Pinot Noir was grown in the Cienega Valley AVA, one of the appellations included in the larger Central Coast AVA, in San Benito County. The wine was aged for 7 months in French oak barrels, helping to impart an appealing and sophisticated toasty/earthy/spicy aromatic quality typical of more expensive brands. This Pinot Noir is luxuriantly soft and supple and carries with it a sense of volume with black cherry, kirsch and warm, brown spices framed by smooth and easy ripe fruit tannins. It will be a great dinner companion with a wide assortment of fine foods and will be showing well in the autumn of 2011 and beyond, over the next 5-6 years. ~ DRG 7/11
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