2010 Denner "Mother of Exiles" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1150677 94 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2010 Mother of Exiles, a Bordeaux blend, is impeccable. Sweet plums, dark red cherries, graphite and grilled herbs are all vibrant and beautifully delineated. The 2010 shows the level of refinement Paso Robles is capable of. This isn't your typical blowsy Paso Cabernet-based red, but rather a wine built on finesse. As outstanding as the 2010 is, the Mother of Exiles is still a work in progress. Still, it clearly has the potential to be one of Paso's very best and most distinctive wines. I can't wait to taste future vintages, as the potential here is simply tremendous. In 2010, the blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot. 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.  (6/ 2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The only Bordeaux blend I tried (comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Fran and 5% Merlot fermented with 10% whole cluster and aged 22 months in 80% new French oak), the 2010 Mother of Exiles gives up classic Cabernet aromas and flavors of black currants, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings and hints of chocolate on the nose. Showing thrilling purity and richness on the palate, with a big texture that stays focused, it is a superb Bordeaux blend from Paso Robles. It’s certainly a knockout drink now, yet I suspect it will have no problem evolving for 15+ years. Drink 2014-2025. (JD)  (8/ 2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% petit verdot, 5% merlot and 5% cabernet franc; 80% new French oak): Opaque purple. Spicy cherry, blackcurrant, pipe tobacco, vanilla and smoky oak on the nose. Shows suave, velvety texture and intense dark fruit compote and floral pastille flavors that gain power in the glass. Finishes with supple tannins, a hint of candied lavender and excellent staying power  (12/ 2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Offering complex aromas of cinnamon, dark berry, cedar and dried herb, this is powerful and firmly tannic, with flavors that persist on the finish. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2015 through 2025. 1,400 cases made.  (2/ 2014)

K&L Notes

Denner uses roughly half of the grapes planted to their sustainably farmed estate vineyards in western Paso Robles for their estate wines; the rest of their fruit is eagerly bought up by top producers nearby such as Villa Creek Cellars, Linne Calodo, and Justin Vineyards. "Mother of Exiles" is a Bordeaux style blend that sees extended aging in almost entirely new French oak barrique. Composition varies from vintage to vintage. The 2010 is 60% Cabernet, 30% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Merlot. Additional notes from Wine Advocate: "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." (08/13, JD)

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
Now this is a wine you should lay down for awhile or be sure to decant it hours ahead if you are drinking it now. From a great vintage, with classic Meritage blend and spends 22 months on new French oak, the "Mother of Exiles" punches me in the face with the intense black berry, black current, plum and cassis right up front; then it hook me with tobacco, olive, bay leaf and chocolate notes on the side. Big, full and round mouthfeel, solid tannin and a touch of spiciness, definitely worthy of the name "Mother of Exiles."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

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California

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.