Denner The Dirt Worshipper 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
#11 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
Initially dark and brooding this blend offers explosive charred meat, tobacco, and leather aromas. Blackberries, vanilla and sassafras brighten the palate, while the finish expresses a sophisticated richness that fully showcases this wine's complexity.
Wine Spectator - "A brilliant wine, showing focus, intensity and purity, with an amazing array of flavors that are supple, layered, deep and persistent, built around ripe boysenberry, blackberry, wild berry and huckleberry. Ends with a wonderful lift. Syrah and Viognier. Drink now through 2022. 810 cases made."
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About Central Coast
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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