2011 Denner "The Dirt Worshipper" Paso Robles Syrah
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(95% syrah and 5% viognier): Glass-staining ruby. High-pitched dark berry and floral pastille aromas are sharpened by notes of cracked pepper and five-spice powder. Sappy, spicy, intense flavors show potent black and blue fruit character and notes of olive tapenade, violet and candied licorice. Finishes sweet and long, with resonating florality and excellent length. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Co-fermented with 5% Viognier and showing classic cool climate Syrah qualities on the nose, the 2011 The Dirt Worshiper is loaded with gamey, northern Rhone-like qualities of olive, bacon fat, charcoal and violets that are grounded by a rich core of Syrah fruit. Medium-bodied, elegant and supple, with fine tannin, it’s not a blockbuster, but it impresses for its purity and length. While approachable now, it has the balance and mid-palate depth to evolve for 10-12 years easily. Drink 2015-2023. (JD)
The core dark berry flavors are taut and focused in this scaled-down version of the Dirt Worshipper, featuring all the essential notes of white pepper, fresh-turned earth, cedar and tobacco leaf. The tannins are dry and savory on the aftertaste. Syrah and Viognier. Drink now through 2023.