Popped and drank, non-blind. Wonderful wine! Inky and full-bodied with a nose of dark fruit and floral accents (seemingly from the stellar Denner Viognier component.) Hits the tongue with blackberry and dark fruit finishing into earth and a touch of pepper, lingering for a while. Smooth and well-integrated tannins, with great mouth-feel/texture and balancing out nicely. This is evolving very nicely as compared to a year ago, much smoother, will still benefit from a short cellar nap (1 more year.) Low alcohol content comparitively to many HUGE central coast syrahs at 14.3%. No alcohol bomb here! Stellar effort here.
I've always said I've preferred Denner's Ditch Digger, but I'm here to repent. This is KILLER syrah, just deep, inky, unabashed Paso syrah - everything that's good and so little that is bad. Black fruit, some smoked meats, some earth and a little pepper on the nose, into a silky smooth mouthfeel, but with a complexity that I struggle to describe. It'll live for ages, but with some air, you shouldn't be afraid to drink now if you're ready for the intensity. That said, I'm not sure the intensity will smooth out, but that's part of what makes this what it is.
3 hours in the decanter provides just barely enough time for this to start blossoming. A thick watery rim sets the wine that is dark garnet with plum skin hues. Color holds in the thick, slow falling legs. moderate + concentration, viscosity and extraction. On the nose aromas are quick on the attack with blackberry, plum, violets, black licorice, smoked aged red meat, tar, pepper and rosemary/camphor notes. Full bodied on the palate with moderate + acidity, medium minus refined tannin. Exacting flavors of blackberry, violets, black licorice, bacon, strawberry pie, pepper and cinnamon spice, rosemary, smoke and red meats. The finish is balanced and refined and lingers pleasantly.
popped in the am, slow ox'd in the fridge until the evening. this is a deftly made wine. certainly ripe and new world, with an oak treatment to provide a plush texture, but everything was balanced and pure and focused. lots of deep black and purple fruits, with lovely concentration and meaty secondaries. I loved this today, and it will age very well. If scoring, 93-95. Wish I had more.
Decanted for 2+ hours. The nose was intense and intoxicating. Each of us took at least a couple of minutes to just bury our nose in the glass before we tasted the wine! On the nose we got blackberries, a little baking spice and some floral notes. The taste was loaded with really dark, intense fruit - more blackberries! Long finish. In short, a terrific wine!
This was a party for 18 friends. The Dirt Worshipper was one of the standout wines of the night from amongst a dozen wines.
Sunday Brown Bag Tasting: 2009 Gigondas (Hoyer's): Deep inky color with aromas of black fruit, incense, florals and spice. Full-bodied with firm, sweet tannins that are remarkably approachable given the structure and power here. Flavors of blue and black fruit, mineral, spice and blackberry liqueur. Long finish. The Viognier really shines through here. Impressive.
Slow-O 2 hours, served non-blind. I had this just a few weeks after release, and again tonight. And while it's gotten better, I mean that in the relative context to when I had it 6 months ago as well as the overarching style. It has calmed down, and seems to be coming together nicely, but at the end of the day it's not my cup of tea as I prefer a more restrained, nuanced style of wine. More acid than I was expecting, but about (or less) what I was expecting in terms of overall structure and complexity. This is a meal in itself and clearly in the gobs-O-fruit/alcohol, sappy, jammy cocktail wine genre. Relative to that style, it was better than most I've been offered (made?) to suffer through in this price category. IIRC, abv was (listed) 14,3%. Better than the '09, imo. Drink thru 2017
Wonderful floral and berry aromatics upon opening. Decanted 1 hour. Blackberry, touch of earth, and a bit of plum. Medium on the palate and beautifully balanced. Tannin were soft but persistent. Acidity left me wanting another sip. First Denner wine; they made me a believer.
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)
Maybe not quite as electric as my last encounter but this wine rocks. Great swirling depth to the savory blackberry liquor, smoked meats, black olives, and intense floral notes. Sexy mineral laden texture. Again, good length on the resinous finish. Beautiful stuff.
Wow, now that's a statement wine from young Anthony at Denner The aromatics are just stunning, instantly grabing your attention with an intensely floral bouquet with blackberry liquor, fresh cut brush, smoked meats, and an anise like component. On the palate this is hugely concentrated yet beautifully structured and very clean. Buckets of brambly blackberry liquor, anise, bacon fat, pine resin, and a pervasive earthy/savory element. Beautiful tannins that are folded within layers upon layer of juice are noticeable but never detract. Med+ body with a clean and supple mouthfeel yet this remains incredibly assertive... this wine knows what it is and wants to be. No wasted elements. Crackles with energy throughout but especially vibrant on the long, resinous finish. This is really fantastic wine. The nose alone is worth the price of admission. Beg, borrow, or steal for this stuff! 94-95