Daniel Gehrs Chardonnay 2010

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

Tasting Notes
In evolutionary terms, my Chardonnay winemaking style over the past 10 years has become simply more naturalistic. It is now obvious that a new day has dawned in the consumer’s taste preferences and appreciation for this classic grape. When so much of the focus used to be on oak there was, necessarily, less respect for the Chardonnay grape itself – those varietal and terroir aspects that are form the real essence of the entire wine. Back in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s it was more about orthodoxy and fashion, willful winemaking all leading to an “international style” which was then imposed by way of formula. When I stripped away those extraneous elements, I found that I could clearly focus on what really mattered. It has been liberating.

2010 is another really lovely vintage for Chardonnay. The growing season was cool. At nearly the very end of the season we experienced a sizzling heat wave which burned some grapes in some vineyards. The grapes for this wine were minimally affected. This wine has a beautiful yellow color, lemon zest,  apple freshness and structure of Monterey, a touch of tropical fruit aroma with elements of pineapple and quince which turn toward fresh, golden apple , cream and a tang of the earth on the palate. It all adds up to complexity; the best compliment a wine can have.

Tasting Date: January 2012
Vintage: 2010
Varietal: Chardonnay
Country: United States
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $14.99

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