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Denner The Ditch Digger 2019

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  • WS92
750ML / 14.6% ABV
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750ML / 14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The brightly pitched nose is singing with wild strawberry, Chinese 5-spice, chaparral and jasmine elements. Flavors of crushed pomegranate, orange peel, miso and roasted maitake mushrooms intermingle on the silky mid-palate. The finish is precise, with chalky tannins and long, lingering flavors.

Blend: 43% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 8% Carignan, 4% Cinsaut, 3% Graciano, 2% Counoise

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
Dense and suave aromas of cassis, lilac and caramel-topped toast show on the rich but elegant nose of this blend of 43% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah, with small bits of Carignan, Cinsault, Graciano and Counoise. Chiseled tannins and a fresh acidity frame the palate, where lovely, dark and ripe fruit flavors meet with a copious helping of baking spice.
JS 95
James Suckling
This is so precise and fine-tannined with blackberries, black pepper, graphite and cloves. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and tensioned. Flavorful finish, yet it’s reserved at the very end. Beautifully curated Rhone blend. 43% grenache, 25% mourvedre, 8% carignan, 4% cinsault, 3% graciano and 2% counoise.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck

More red and black fruits, ground pepper, aged beef, and leather emerge from the 2019 Ditch Digger, a blend of 43% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 8% Carignan, and splashes of Cinsault, Graciano, and Counoise. This medium to full-bodied, round, expansive, sexy blend has supple tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish.

WS 92
Wine Spectator

A handsome blend, refined and well-built, with black raspberry, garrigue and river stone tones that build richness and tension on the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignane, Cinsaut, Graciano and Counoise. Drink now.

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Denner Vineyards, California
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Planted in 1999, Denner Vineyards is a winegrowing estate on the far western border of the Paso Robles AVA. The 156 acres press up against the Santa Lucia Range, giving the site great diversity of elevation, aspect and soil. Previously dry farmed barley, the estate is nestled into the Templeton Gap, an East/West corridor where the marine layer can reach the inland valleys. As a result the estate receives large diurnal temperature swings without high moisture pressure, giving it a near perfect growing climate.

The 108 acres under vine are comprised of 19 different varieties in 26 unique blocks. Each block is farmed with painstaking attention to detail, allowing only for the best possible grapes to reach the winery. Aron Nevarez, the vineyard manager, is committed to environmentally friendly farming practices, using only sustainable inputs and minimal irrigation.

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Paso Robles, California

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Growing on high elevation bedrock slopes, the vineyards of Paso Robles Willow Creek AVA sit at between 960 and 1,900 feet in elevation.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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