Search: (advanced)

External search
Google (images)
Wine Advocate
Wine Spectator


From this producer
Show all wines
All tasting notes
  Home | All Cellars | Tasting Notes | Reports | UsersHelp | Member Sign In 

 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 39 
ProducerDenner (web)
VarietySyrah Blend
DesignationThe Dirt Worshipper
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2021 (based on 7 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 50 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by TheRhoneranger on 1/30/2016 & rated 92 points: Took about an hour decant before the flavored rally started to develop. (66 views)
 Tasted by The Wine Write on 1/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Splash decant at restaurant. Closed initially, but opened nicely as the meal progressed. Really nice, savory red wine. (1376 views)
 Tasted by JimmyR on 1/4/2015 & rated 93 points: loved it!!! (1144 views)
 Tasted by r4Cali on 11/25/2014 & rated 94 points: Splash decant in glass for about 20 minutes. Floral aromatics. Garnet color with dark fruits flavor profile. Exceptional bottle of wine. Very smooth. (1286 views)
 Tasted by Griffeyfan04 on 11/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Very nice flavor profile of dark fruits with lots of boysenberry and blackberry and a light hint of vanilla. Some velvety tannins give you a nice finish. Enjoyable now but this can be good for quite a few more years. (1417 views)
 Tasted by johnny1206 on 7/12/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted and aromas filled nose. Very nice flavors. Hopefully 2010 will be as good. (1897 views)
 Tasted by ledwards on 5/24/2014 & rated 92 points: Has taken on a lush, floral floral component a kin to a Clio. Soft, and layered fruit. Very nice - a real feminine sryah right now. (1160 views)
 Tasted by The Wine Write on 1/5/2014 & rated 92 points: Popped and poured at restaurant. Rich, red, meaty nose. Lots of fruit on the palate, balanced well. Didn't overwhelm our food...complemented it. Really enjoyed this. (1651 views)
 Tasted by bruinsunited on 12/14/2013 & rated 93 points: Showing well. Nice balance of fruit and acidity. Excellent wine. (1530 views)
 Tasted by mr.spock on 12/11/2013: mellow, subtle, smooth, well balanced...dark fruits, berries. blackberry. easy to drink. not too sweet. went great with grilled chicken, butternut squash soup. (1427 views)
 Tasted by Ltomanek on 11/15/2013 & rated 93 points: After I noticed earlier this year that the 2008 Dirt Worshipper (DW) may not be as great of a wine as it used to be, and someone else pointed it out on Cellar Tracker as well, I decided to do a mini vertical tasting, with the 2008, 2009 and 2011 vintage.

Here are some of my notes:
2008: purple hue, dark color, slightly hazy, aromatic aroma, still youthful in its development and clear blackcurrant and blackberry aromas, off dry, full-bodied, smooth acidity, low levels of and soft tannins, powerful flavor intensity, finish very long. 95+
2009: ruby hue, deep color and some cloudiness, aromatic and youthful with blackcurrant, blackberry, pepper and bilberry, dry, medium body, crisp and lively acidity, medium and soft/round tannins, very flavorful, long finish. 93
2011: garnet hue, medium color depth, slight haze, very aromatic, youthful, aromas not clear, very dry, medium body and tart acidity. 92+

The 2011 DW was just released and it was clear that tart acidity needed to become softer. It was clear that this wine was still very young, somewhat uptight and in need for some cellaring. Everyone liked it. It was the first of the three we tasted.

The 2009 DW was smooth and soft and had complex aromas. Everyone like this more than the 2011. “Wow, this one is clearly better and lovely.”

The 2008 DW was a lot better yet! There was no doubt that it was the highlight of the evening.

Although it is possible that the 2008 DW is not as grand as it used to be, but it still reigns over the latest vintages. The five of us enjoyed the tasting and agreed with the ranking. (1112 views)
 Tasted by Les Kangas on 11/4/2013 & rated 94 points: Ready now and for a while. Great wine consumed in reidel syrah glass. (1127 views)
 Tasted by cobhcork on 9/28/2013 & rated 92 points: First thing my son's father in law said was "wow, that is really good!" A sophisticated assessment:-)... (877 views)
 Tasted by JERB on 3/22/2013 & rated 92 points: Enjoyed at Cucina Urbana in SD. (http://www.cucinaurbana.com/eat-drink) Right out of the bottle, there was a fair amount "zing" - maybe too much alcohol, maybe just releasing pent up fruits - but the wine settled in to its stride over the course of the meal. We got a predominance of red fruits with a mellow mouthfeel. There was considerable spice - almost like a big pinot. This is the first time I have tasted this wine and I did enjoy it, but for my palate, I think I still prefer Denner's "Ditch Digger." For me, "Ditch Digger" has more vibrant flavors than the "Dirt Worshipper." Of the four meals at our table, the Dirt Worshipper paired best with the fabulous Jidori chicken and the Brandt Farms burger; did not fare so well with the uber rich short rib pappardelle. (1587 views)
 Tasted by IO'Brien on 2/20/2013 & rated 85 points: A little wine than Ditch Digger and more fruit forward. Drinkable now but another year might help the harshness on the finish. (1583 views)
 Tasted by Kayentacellars on 2/17/2013: - Brick color. (1399 views)
 Tasted by Sundbyberg on 5/10/2012 & rated 93 points: Mixed feelings on this one.
Very attractive nose with lots of ripe fruit, but it is also close to being too much, and with a palate full of berries. This wine is balancing on the edge. Too much or elegant?
I opened the bottle a night in advance. (3267 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 4/15/2012 & rated 90 points: Filling in w/the Sunday Brown Bag Group (Rich's & Dana's): Red fruit and spice aromas with pepper and dust/earth undertones. Red fruit dominates the palate; a little dirty. (3280 views)
 Tasted by dfresh on 4/11/2012 & rated 93 points: This won WOTN vs. Merus, Kosta Browne, Saxum, Bond Matriarch. Ultra balanced and complex. A real beauty. (2472 views)
 Tasted by jaxpaj on 2/17/2012 & rated 92 points: A very nice wine to start the night. Jammy in a good way, fruit driven. Wouldn't pair the wine with any heavy foods. (2862 views)
 Tasted by hwjunkie on 2/15/2012 & rated 93 points: Brought to a restaurant, pretty much pop and pour, although we let it sit in the bottle for 15-20 minutes... We have had the 09 before, we went to the release party, the 06 was better that night, but the 09 was very good. Last night the 09 wasn't as I remembered it, it was a bit more transparent in color, a bit lighter in body than I remembered. Wasn't perfect with the steak, but it still very good! It definitely needs another year or more, I will wait on the other bottles until then... (2884 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 2/6/2012 & rated 94 points: A massive wine and to me a textbook case of how Viognier sometimes boosts the Syrah varietal. There is a lot of everything in this effort, yet there is nothing over the top. The fruit is pure and clean, tannins and acidity are nicely integrated. Tonight this effort is somewhat one-dimensional but I have no doubt it will develop into something astonishing with time. (score is 93-95) (2371 views)
 Tasted by iWineReport on 12/29/2011 & rated 93 points: December, 2011 - The 2009 Denner Syrah The Dirt Worshipper doses out a healthy serving of blue and black fruits, peppered beef, iodine, spice and hints of vanilla bean. This wine is dense, concentrated and shows nice underlying minerality along with a lengthy fruit filled finish. The 95% Syrah, 5% Viognier is sourced from 65% Bassetti Vineyard, 35% Denner Vineyard and is aged 18 months in 65% new French, 10% new Hungarian and 25% neutral barriques. (Drink 2012-2020) – JD

93 POINTS (2176 views)
 Tasted by dfresh on 12/24/2011 & rated 93 points: Rich, delicious and balanced. Not overly extracted or jammy. Coffee. Fig. Butterscotch. Aging will reward this wine. (2734 views)
 Tasted by pocchia on 12/17/2011 & rated 93 points: Popped and poured from the wine refrigerator - so dark and yet a bit of transparency. Very jammy nose and then SURPRISE! Sharp, bright, tight on the palate. So much fun to pass around and go from nose to palate! This will be amazing to try 6 months, 1 year, 2 years or more later. Stems up! (2669 views)
 Only displaying the 25 most recent notes - click to see all notes for this wine...

Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #10 (12/4/2011)
(Denner Syrah The Dirt Worshipper) Login and sign up and see review text.   94+ points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159
(Denner Vineyards The Dirt Worshipper Red Wine Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of The Rhone Report and Vinous. (manage subscription channels)

CellarTracker Wiki Articles (login to edit | view all articles)


Producer website

2009 Denner The Dirt Worshipper

Winemaker: Anthony Yount

Syrah Blend

Varietal character (Appellation America)


WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!


California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Central Coast

Central Coast Wine Growers Association

ABOVE WEBSITE NO LONGER EXISTS - Following websites may provide info. for CA Central Coast wineries and organizations (valid as of March 2015):

Central Coast AVA Wikipedia

Paso Robles

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

Set apart by unique climate and geography, Paso Robles Wine Country provides prime growing conditions for more than 40 varietals planted over 26,000 acres of vineyards. More than 300 wineries craft this fruit into premium wines, gaining recognition around the world. The fruit, the wines and the distinct environment have quickly made Paso Robles California's third largest and fastest growing wine region.

© 2003-16 CellarTracker! LLC. All rights reserved. "CellarTracker!" is a trademark of CellarTracker! LLC. No part of this website may be used, reproduced or distributed without the prior written permission of CellarTracker! LLC. (Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. DB2) - Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook