14 Ratings
Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner

Wine Description

(2005 Vintage)

This is the second vintage of our premier Meritage blend, The Mariner. Utilizing all five of the noble Bordeaux varieties, this wine displays compelling aromas of wild black cherry, blue-berry, and dried flowers. On the palate, the fruit shines through with succulent cherry, dark chocolate, and cassis that integrate seamlessly with silky smooth tannins. The finish is memorable for its lingering fruit flavors that balance perfectly with creamy vanilla oak nuances. Meritage is an art form and nothing proves this more than this artful blend of classic varietals.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2009 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 10/01/2013
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2004 Vintage) 46% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Merlot; 6% Malbec; 5% Cab. Franc; 3% Petit Verdot. Starting out with a big flourish of ripe, briar-tinged fruit and lots of rich oak in the nose, this mouth-filling effort follows up with similarly rich flavors that are under-lain by ample tannins. It is a touch soft in balance and gets the nod for mid-term drinking, its slightly dry finishing astringency notwithstanding.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2012 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 12/01/2015