2012 Denner Paso Robles Viognier
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(raised in 320-liter French oak cigares, 20% of them new): Brilliant yellow. High-pitched aromas of candied citrus fruits, fresh flowers and toasty lees. Fleshy but energetic, offing intense lemon, tangerine and poached pear flavors and suggestions of sweet butter and chamomile. Picks up a gingery nuance with air and finishes with outstanding clarity, power and length. This is one of the best viogniers I've had from outside of Condrieu in a long time -- in fact, it's up there with some of the best Condrieus I've had recently.
The 2012 Viognier is a stunner. It's as simple as that. Aging in French oak shapes the wine beautifully, giving it soft contours and gorgeous texture, but at the same time, there is plenty of energy and vibrancy. This is a fairly restrained style of Viognier by Central Coast standards. Readers can look forward to at least several years of exceptional drinking and pure pleasure. 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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A rich, textured yet also pure white, Denner’s 2012 Viognier offers up solid stone fruits, hints of flowers and juicy peach to go with a medium-bodied, mouth-filling profile on the palate. Finishing with clean acidity and beautiful focus, it’s an outstanding Viognier that has both richness and freshness. Enjoy it over the coming year or three. Drink now-2016. 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.
Juicy, bold and fragrant, with honeysuckle-driven flavors of peach, yellow apple and citrus. Whiffs of smoke emerge on the tangy finish. Drink now. 800 cases made. (Web Only, 2014)