2009GehrsSyrah2009 Daniel Gehrs, Syrah, Central Coast.
A stroll down Grand Ave in Los Olivos should include a visit to long time central coast winemaker Daniel Gehrs, he’s been crafting small lot wines from Monterey’s Chalone to Santa Barbara, and doing it well. His Chenin Blanc is one of the best in the state and he does a couple very fine Pinots as well, along with a collection of other wines, including this easy to love Syrah, it’s a no frills, straightforward red that gives plenty of enjoyment and offers a nice value. The nose is ripe and shows a cascade of red fruits, cassis and sweet herbs leading to a full body with plum, boysenberry and candied cherry fruit with hints of dark chocolate, lavender, anise seed and cedary spice. This 2009 is ready to go, no waiting needed, the tannins are silky and the acidity is well folded into the fruit layers, so just pull the cork and enjoy this well made Syrah, again it is not a thinking man’s Syrah, but a fun light hearted red to enjoy on a tuesday night in October, but be sure to check out Daniel Gehrs, he is still making some wonderful wines that deserve some attention.
($20 Est.) 88 Points, grapelive

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