2013 Dry Creek Vineyard 'The Mariner Meritage,' Dry Creek Valley


2013 Dry Creek Vineyard 'The Mariner Meritage,' Dry Creek Valley

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Winemaker Notes

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

Critical Acclaim

WW91Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

COMMENTARY: The Dry Creek Valley and Bordeaux grape varieties have been misunderstood by consumers and professionals alike. From my point of view, I have always looked at the elegance and the red fruit focus from these wines as opposed to the black fruits and firmness from their Napa Valley siblings. The 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Mariner is quite nicely done and could easily be the poster child for Alexander Valley Bordeaux red style wines. TASTING NOTES: This wine is beautifully balanced. Its aromas and flavors of red fruit and savory spice make it a beautiful companion for a light salad of roast chicken, red cabbage, fresh mint, and accents of jalapeno. (Tasted: August 27, 2018, San Francisco, CA)

RP90Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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.

WE90Wine Enthusiast

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.

W&S90Wine & Spirits

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.

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