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Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2013Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2013
Size: 750ml
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blend
Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Sonoma County
Producer: Dry Creek Vineyard

WA 90 WE 90 W&S 90

The grapes for this delicious Bordeaux-inspired blend come from several of the most prized estate and hillside vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. At first swirl, the wine displays aromas of blueberry, vanilla and cherries. Several more minutes reveal hints of clove, cinnamon, black licorice and mocha characters. The palate has dark berry flavors along with cedar sweetness and cassis. There's a good balance between juicy dark fruit and oak structure. The tannins are soft and supple with a very round and semi oily texture. It finishes with black pepper, boysenberry and a hint of barrel spice. Good acidity will help this wine to age beautifully for years to come.

Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc


"A proprietary blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Proprietary Red The Mariner offers good blackcurrant fruit, new saddle leather, and toasty vanillin from the oak (about 40% is new). This attractive, medium-bodied, refreshing, Bordeaux-style wine should drink nicely for at least a decade." -Rated 90, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"This wine consists of all five red Bordeaux varieties, with 54% Cabernet Sauvignon making up the majority. A juicy front palate of cassis and blueberry leads to leathery, dusty tannins and notes of graphite, cedar and tea." -Rated 90, Wine Enthusiast

"This is based on cabernet from the rolling hills of the winery’s Endeavor Vineyard and merlot grown on a hillside at Sapphire Canyon. Winemaker Tim Bell included some petit verdot and cabernet franc as well, along with 8 percent malbec to help smooth out what he found to be a particularly brawny vintage. It’s an inky, big-boned wine, with dense tannins, ripe flavors of blackberry and chocolate, and some appetizing herbal nuances at the edges. Hunter Hammett of San Francisco’s Jardinière suggested that its bold, hearty richness would be particularly appetizing with a medium-rare ribeye." -Rated 90, Wine and Spirits Magazine