daniel gehrs2009 Pinot Gris, Santa Barbara County $19.00

When I started marking wine back in the ’70’s Pinot Gris was practically unknown aside from the fact that it’s a genetic mutant of Pinot Noir.  Today it is widely planted and gaining ground every year in California.  I set out to make a full, perfumed, dry white wine with richness and soft acidity that can be partnered with food.  Cold fermentation and early bottling of this vintage have produced this delightful and captivating wine.  DRG 11/09
daniel gehrs2010 Chardonnay, Central Coast $20.00

This wine has that wonderful Santa Barbara tropical fruit aroma with clear elements of pineapple, mango, guava and papaya which turns toward fresh, golden apple and butter cream on the palate.  Some of our customers and employees who tasted this wine early in its release thought that there actually is oak present.  Not.  It is quickly developing a complexity and bouquet that blurs the line between what is naturally there and the illusion of something that is not.  Enjoy it, and if it gets you scratching your head in sort of a "does she or doesn't she" question just remember my motto about wine.  "The first duty of a wine is to be interesting". DRG 5/10
daniel gehrs2010 Chenin Blanc, Santa Barbara County, $18.00

This is our first Chenin Blanc to carry the Santa Barbara County Appellation since 2004. The grape source is altogether new. The sprawling, White Hills Vineyard near Santa Maria, was planted in the early 1980's. The Chenin Blanc vines are ideally situated on a moderate south-facing slope in deep, sandy soil. Production is very moderate by California standards, and the quality high. The slow fermentation took place entirely in stainless steel over a long, 72 day period at steady, cool temperatures. An early 2011 bottling has captured and full vitality of this classic variety, vineyard and vintage with lovely aromas of honey and flowers wedded to complex flavors of fresh pears and quince. DRG 1/11
daniel gehrs2010 Gewurztraminer, Santa Barbara County, $19.00

This is our first Gewurztraminer from Santa Barbara County and our first ever to be vineyard designated. The White Hills Vineyard is close to the coast and therefore enjoys the cool climate preferred by the early ripening Gewurztraminer grape. The soil is very sandy and on a pronounced slope, thus well drained; also a decided advantage for quality and longevity. The wine was fermented slowly by keeping it cool, preserving the highly distinctive spiciness and floral attributes of the grape. It is nearly dry, in the Alsatian style, with just enough alcohol to give it fullness of body and flavor with a complex, supple texture. Enjoy over the next 4-6 years with spicy Asian and also with Franco-Germanic fare.
daniel gehrs2010 Riesling, Monterey $19.00

This vintage continues a long line of Rieslings from our winery which celebrate both the German tradition of full ripeness yet moderate alcohol and residual sugar with a fine balance of sweetness and acidity as well as respecting the California origin of the fruit with our typically more sun-drenched and dry climate.  A cool summer climaxed by a sudden hot spell just before harvest mostly benefited these grapes  The cold and slow fermented wine has lovely nectarine, honey and pineapple aromas with creamy, Meyer lemon and honeyed flavors with a sweet-tangy finish.  Enjoy chilled by itself or with Franco-German foods like schnitzel over the next 3-5 years.  DRG 2/11


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