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Wine Advocate Score: 92
Vinous Score: 93
Planted in 1999, Denner Vineyards is a winegrowing estate on the far western border of the Paso Robles AVA. Their 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 they receive large diurnal temperature swings without high moisture pressure, giving us a near perfect growing climate.

Winemaker Anthony Yount "cut his teeth" in the wine industry at Denner, working as cellar rat for two vintages. Later, he moved up the road to become Cellar Master at Villa Creek, where he continued to work with Denner fruit. Coming full circle, Anthony returned to Denner as Winemaker in 2009. 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. Vineyard manager Aron Nevarez is committed to environmentally friendly farming practices, using only sustainable inputs and minimal irrigation.

ANTONIO GALLONI'S VINOUS MEDIA 93 POINTS - "Pale, green-hued yellow. Penetrating aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits are complicated by hints of chalky minerals and pungent flowers. Juicy and deeply concentrated but lively as well, offering mineral-laced pear and Meyer lemon flavors that show fine clarity and sharp focus. The mineral and floral notes repeat strongly on the penetrating finish, which hangs on with impressive persistence."

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2018 Viognier is classy on the nose, with a delicate perfume of white peaches, jasmine, citrus oil and spices. The palate is soft, juicy and approachable, with mineral-laced fruits and an uplifted, gently textured finish. 520 cases were made."
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