Denner is a relatively new player on the Paso Robles scene with a focus on Rhone varietals. The Grenache and Syrah really show nicely on the nose and palate as well. The nose was beautiful. Candied fruit, some pepper, leather, dark berry, espresso and asphalt. Great balance, nice fruit and lush without being overwhelming — and a beautiful finish. This really is a well made and very enjoyable wine.
Robert Parker – 92 points
“The 2005 The Ditch Digger is a blend of 43% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 23% Mourvedre, and 8% Counoise (could this be a Paso Robles version of the famed Chateauneuf du Pape Beaucastel?). A deep ruby/purple color, full body, superb richness, and notes of truffle oil intermixed with black cherries, blackberries, asphalt, smoke, and camphor emerge from this complex, finesse-styled red. It also possesses silky tannins and a long, heady finish. The good news is there are over 1,000 cases of this blockbuster.
Drink it over the next 7-8 years. Denner Vineyards is still under the radar, but is undoubtedly an up-and-coming source for good Rhone Ranger offerings. And why shouldn’t it be as its vineyards are situated just across the street from the fabulous grand cru site of Saxum’s James Berry Vineyard.”