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 Winemaker's suggestions for ageing Denner Wines

One question that I am often asked is “How long will this wine age?” The answer I usually give is "until it doesn't anymore". That, however, isn't very useful to you.

I can make all the educated guesses I want about how long a wine will age based on flavor, extraction, tannin, acid, and alcohol, but there is no way to know when that wine will no longer improve with time.

Typically younger wines will show more primary characters of fruit derived flavors. As they mature they show more secondary flavors such as earth and spice. There will also be a softening of tannins and flavor intensity.

So if you like bright fruit driven wines, you will enjoy our wines in their youth (1-3 years). If you like more earth, spice and savory components, hang on to our wines for a little longer (4-15 years) before drinking them.

For those laying down our wines in your cellar, I have put together a chart with my best guesses - and they’re nothing more than that - of when these wines will be in their ‘prime’ for drinking.

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Anthony Yount - Winemaker

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 click on the wine below to view previous vintage tasting notes

Wine/Vintage

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Syrah

2014-15 2013-14 2016-17 2016-17 2018-24 2016-24 NA 2017-25 2019-30 NA

Ditch Digger

2014-15 2012-14 2015-17 2015-16  2018-22 2015-22 2016-25 2017-25 2019-27 2018-26

Grenache

2009-11 2009-11 2013-15 2013-14 2014-18 2015-22 2015-24 2016-26 2019-25 2019-25

Zinfandel

2009-11 2009-11 2010-12 2011-12 2014-16 2014-18 2014-19 2016-24 2016-25 2018-27

Mourvèdre

NA 2012-14 2015-17 2015-16 2018-22 2016-24 NA NA NA NA

Dirt Worshipper

NA 2016-17 2018-19 2018-19  2018-24 2018-25 2018-26 2020-28 2022-30 2021-30

Mother of Exiles 

NA NA NA 2017-18  2018-26 2020-30 2018-30 2020-28 2022-30 NA

Cabernet Sauvignon

NA NA NA NA NA NA 2020-30 NA NA NA

Sacred Burro

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 2016-25 2018-27 2019-2028

Stratus

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 2020-30 2020-32 NA

Cirrus

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 2017-25 NA NA

 click on the wine above to view previous vintage tasting notes