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2016 Wines receive top ratings from Vinous

Vinous | Josh Raynolds
Paso Robles 2016 & 2015 New Releases (Sep 2018)

"Winemaker Anthony Yount walked me through these 2016s, which provide compelling evidence that he’s succeeding in his aim to move the Denner wines toward greater detail and finesse “without sacrificing the flavor intensity” for which Paso Robles has become known. Attention and care in farming is the biggest factor, he told me, “because you can try all you want to make an elegant wine, but it doesn’t mean anything if you start off with fruit that is not in balance.” I always find myself surprised (pleasantly) by the combination of alcohol content and pH and acidity numbers compared to the energy and freshness that the Denner wines show here, so I gave up guessing a long time ago. Here’s an address where the numbers are just that – numbers." - Josh Raynolds

Read the full article here

The Scores

Wine Tasting Notes Score Drinking Window Release Date
2016 Syrah (raised for 20 months in new and neutral French oak barriques) Inky purple. Aromas of ripe dark berries, olive paste and pungent flowers are sharpened by smoky mineral and cracked pepper flourishes. Sweet and fleshy on the palate, offering intense blackberry liqueur and violet pastille flavors and salty olive and bitter chocolate nuances. Puts on weight with air while maintaining vivacity, and finishes smooth and impressively long, displaying excellent clarity, harmonious tannins and lingering dark fruit preserve character. 93 2022-2030 Spring 2019
2016 Theresa (aged for 15 months in a combination of concrete eggs, stainless steel barrels and neutral French oak) Pale yellow. High-pitched aromas of orange pith, apple and honeysuckle, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Dry, chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated citrus fruit and pear nectar flavors and a subtle touch of succulent herbs. Finishes long and sappy, with excellent clarity, an echo of pear nectar and a lingering floral quality. 92 2018-2023 Fall 2018
2016 Grenache (aged in large, neutral oak casks and new French oak "cigars" for 16 months) Saturated ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe berries, candied flowers and incense, and a smoky mineral overtone gains strength with air. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering sappy raspberry and boysenberry flavors that become spicier and more energetic on the back half. The extremely long, mineral-accented finish features harmonious tannins and outstanding clarity and spicy lift. 93 2023-2031 Fall 2018
2016 Dirt Worshipper (aged in new and used oak barriques for 20 months) Inky purple. An expansive, impressively complex bouquet evokes cherry compote, dark berry liqueur, incense, olive paste and candied flowers, along with a smoky mineral nuance that builds steadily in the background. Shows outstanding depth as well as energy to the black and blue fruit, violet pastille and spicecake flavors, which gain sweetness with aeration. Closes on a powerful blue fruit note, with rounded, polished tannins and an emphatic jolt of spiciness. 95 2024-2033 Fall 2018
2016 Ditch Digger

(raised in large, neutral oak barrels for 16 months) Inky, bright-rimmed ruby. Ripe, smoke-tinged raspberry, blueberry and floral pastille aromas show outstanding clarity, and a peppery element adds lively, spicy lift. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering densely packed yet lively red and blue fruit, candied lavender flavors and a hint of five-spice powder. Displays superb energy on a broad, seamless, strikingly long finish firmed by supple tannins and sharpened by a late jolt of juicy acidity.

95 2022 - 2030 Fall 2018
2016 Viognier (aged for 15 months in a combination of neutral and new oak barrels of varying size and stainless steel tanks) Green-tinged yellow. Mineral-tinged orchard and citrus fruit and violet aromas are sharpened by a spicy ginger flourish. Intense pear, tangerine and honey flavors show a suave blend of richness and delicacy thanks to a vibrant, chalky mineral nuance. Closes minerally, taut and very long, leaving a sexy floral note behind. 92 2018 - 2022 Fall 2018
2016 Sacred Burro (50% whole clusters; aged in large, used French oak barrels for 20 months) Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of ripe dark berry liqueur, incense and cola, along with a suave floral nuance that builds in the glass. Smoky and seamless on the palate, offering powerful, sweet and surprisingly energetic black and blue fruit, vanilla, spicecake and candied licorice flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Closes with outstanding clarity, smooth tannins and superb persistence, leaving sexy floral pastille and star anise notes behind. The pH here, 3.92, is quite high, but the total acidity checks in at 5.2 g/l, which is no doubt the reason for the wine's freshness. Numbers don’t always tell the whole story. 94 2023 - 2032 Fall 2018


Robert Parker | The Wine Advocate

2015 Ditch Digger: 95 Points & 2016 Theresa: 92 Points

Robb Report - Grenache is the Central Coast’s Red to Watch

Featured Wine: Denner Vineyards 2016 Grenache (to be released Fall 2018) 
"Now, though, a stealthy sea change is underway for Grenache—particularly evident on California’s Central Coast. Winemakers are reining in the high crop the vines like to throw and coaxing out that core of red fruit and spice across a range of styles—from lean, light, and bright to richer and riper." - SARA L. SCHNEIDER To read the full article, click here

Wine Spectator - April 2018 Issue - 2015 Dirt Worshipper 95 pts

Denner Vineyards receives 95 pts for the 2015 Dirt Worshipper and 91 pts for the 2015 Ditch Digger. Anthony is the featured winemaker speaking to Rhone trends in Paso Robles. To read the article, click here


Anthony Yount is yet another example of a young Paso winemaker who has set his sights on producing wines that exhibit the region's fruit intensity while striving to rein in its excesses. That's easier said than done, he pointed out, "as our customers have come to expect power and depth in our wines. It's risky to pull a 180 and throw away your playbook, so it's more about fine-tuning the style carefully than an abrupt about-face--more evolution than revolution." Even taking into account the cool 2011 and 2010 vintages, I find the Denner wines to be distinctly more elegant than in the past, with assertive, complex bouquets and harmonious tannins. They're also structured and balanced to age, but with more than enough upfront fruitiness and aromatic interest to provided immediate appeal.

To read individual tasting notes and scores on Denner Vineyards wines, click here.


Denner Vineyards recently hosted Jeb Dunnuck from Wine Advocate for a tasting through of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 (barrel samples) vintages.  Jeb's overall view of the tastings:

This was a beautiful lineup of wines by winemaker Anthony Yount and I continue to be impressed with the wines of this estate. Located on the western edge of Paso Robles, the wines possess individual, unique characters that show not only Paso fruit, but balance and restraint. They’re highly recommended.

To read Jeb's tasting notes and scores on Denner Vineyards individual wines, click here.

Antonio Galloni 'Vinous' - July 2013

 "Anthony Yount is without question one of the most thoughtful and introspective winemakers in Paso Robles. Young is among those trying to add dimensions of finesse to his wines, and he is succeeding big time. This is a fabulous set of 2011s, but it’s just the start for a winemaker who has a brilliant career ahead of him. Denner is one of the elite estates in Paso Robles. I can't recommend these wines highly enough." - Antonio Galloni

Read reviews on Denner Vineyards wines here

Denner Vineyards 2010 Dirt Worshipper #16 on Top 50 wines of 2012  - December 2012

Denner The Dirt Worshipper 2010

2012 TOP 50 WINES - Rank #16
IWR Tasting Notes:
The 2010 Denner 'The Dirt Worshipper' reminds me of a mix of Northern Rhone terroir and California fruit. It offers a generous serving of dark berries, sweet plum, cherry cobbler, violets, but then you get some salty black olives and irony mineral notes. Dense and focused with plenty of depth and concentration but remains fresh from the underlying acidity and minerality. The finish is long and persistent dosing out loads of fruit. Excellent right now, but would love to see this again after a few years in bottle. Composed of 93% Syrah, 7% Viognier, aged 16 months in barriques, 60% Neutral, 30% Once Used French and Hungarian, 10% New French. Fermented 30% Whole Cluster. (Best 2014-2022) - November, 2012 (JD)

94+ Points


  New York Times Style Magazine - September 19-20, 2012

"Comus House Opened in April, this modernist 4,000-square-foot ranch is perched on a hill overlooking Denner Vineyards’ syrah, grenache and cabernet vines. Inside, the sun-filled rooms, four in total, feel like contemporary cabins, most with vaulted ceilings and reclaimed wood floors. Wake up to breakfast of French toast with blood orange jam and end the day with wine pairings on the patio."   - Tanvia Chheda, NYTSM
   NYT - Article Part 1             ~          NYT - Article Part 2             ~          Comus House

Wine Advocate #202 - August 2012 

"Most of the wines I tasted on this trip were 2010s. Interestingly, the heat spikes that were such a problem in other parts of the Central Coast were much less of an issue in Paso Robles, probably because most of the main varieties ripen on the late side. I find much to admire in the 2010s." - Antonio Galloni
Read reviews on Denner Vineyards wines:
        2010 Dirt Worshipper  ~  2010 Ditch Digger  ~  2010 Grenache  ~  2011 Theresa  ~  2010 Viognier


Celebrated Living, Fall 2012

William Kissel explores why Rhone wines are so successful along the central coast. To quote he say, "What makes Rhone wines so enticing to both American winemakers and drinkers alike are the subtle flavors and nuances that enhance, rather than overwhelm, the food-pairing experience."


article online  ~  article PDF  ~  Celebrated Living Fall 2012  ~  The Rhone Rangers

Photography by Rimagine

  Issue 12, June 2012

In this issue of the Rhone Report, Jed Dunnuck reviews six of our wines. To read his reviews click below.

The Rhone Report   ~   Jeb's Tasting Notes


Denner Vineyards and Juice Media team up for Addy Award

Ron & Janis Denner would like to acknowledge Juice Media's  Dina Mande and Kara Clark for their recent Addy award. They teamed with us and photographer Joseph Dominguez to create the Denner Vineyards website. 

San Luis Tribune Article   ~   Juice's Portfolio   ~   J. Dominguez Portfolio


Wine Spectator

    2011 Wine Spectator Honors Denner Vineyards

2008 The Dirt Worshipper just received Wine Spectator’s #11 spot in their highly coveted Top 100 List for 2011. This wine also received a score of 97 when reviewed by WS' James Laube in the December 2011 Insider Report. Eighteen (18) Denner wines have received 90+ points from Wine Spectator over 9 vintages with the 2008 Dirt Worshipper bringing us ever closer to Ron’s quest for the perfect 100 score.

   WS Top 100 for 2011  ~   WS article Dec-Jan 2011/12    ~   Our Tasting Notes




    Sunset Magazine - 2011 Most Beautiful Tasting Room

Sunset Magazine's editors, celebrity guests, and some of the region's most talented winemakers gathered at the Sunset Western Wine Awards Gala to present Denner Vineyards with Sunset's prestigious Most Beautiful Tasting Room Award for 2011.

The event was emceed by Gary Newman, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television, and attended by celebrity chef Tyler Florence alongside Sunset editor-in-chief, Katie Tamony, and Sunset wine editor, Sara Schneider. The festivities took place in the beautifully rustic Asistencia at Santa Margarita Ranch as part of Sunset Savor the Central Coast.

Denner's Comus Center was conceived and created by Ron Denner and architect John Mitchell. Their design blends with the local vistas while providing guests with world class surroundings ...the ideal location to enjoy our critically acclaimed wines. PR Wire Article


Anthony Yount local radio - The Krush 92.5 

First airing in late December 2011 - our winemaker, Anthony speaks with Krush Radio's Suzanne Schonig about Paso Wines and 2008 The Dirt Worshipper. Listen Now