Planted in 1999, Denner Vineyards is a winegrowing estate on the far western border of the Paso Robles AVA. The 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, the estate receives large diurnal temperature swings without high moisture pressure, giving it a near-perfect growing climate.
The 108 acres under vine are comprised of 19 different varieties in 26 unique blocks. Each block is farmed with attention to detail, allowing only for the best possible grapes to reach the winery. Aron Nevarez, the vineyard manager, is committed to environmentally friendly farming practices, using only sustainable inputs and minimal irrigation.
Light aromas of coconut flesh, honeydew, and orange peel show on the nose of this blend of 40% Roussanne, 25% Grenache Blanc, 15% Marsanne, 10% Vermentino, and 10% Picpoul. The palate is extremely tense, with yuzu at first and then broader flavors of jasmine and peach in the midpalate.