Dry Creek Vineyard "The Mariner" Meritage 2011 (Dry Creek Valley, California)

Dry Creek Vineyard "The Mariner" Meritage 2011
(Dry Creek Valley, California)

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Notes from the Winemaker:

The grapes for this delicious Bordeaux-inspired blend come from several of our most prized estate and hillside vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. Initially, the aromatics are bright and earthy with cherries, Herbs de Provence and fresh boysenberries emanating from the glass. Several more minutes reveal hints of tarragon, nutmeg, black tea and blueberry nuances. The palate displays layers of texture and complexity with provocative flavors of rhubarb, Asian plums and Bing cherries. The tannins are soft and supple leading to a silky smooth finish. The 2011 vintage came with its share of weather related challenges during harvest however; we were able to successfully navigate this tricky vintage to produce an outstanding, full bodied wine.

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2010 vintage):
"This is a lovely wine, based on Cabernet Sauvignon, but comprised of all five classic Bordeaux varieties. It’s smooth in tannins and soft in acidity, with luxurious black cherry, blueberry, cassis, plum and new oak flavors. Drink now–2018." -S.H. (3/1/2014)

Wine Spectator Magazine (2010 vintage):
"Offers a tight, trim mix of dried berry, crushed rock, loamy earth and cedary-graphite notes, ending with dry, gripping tannins and a dash of sweet ripe berry. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2025. 2,089 cases made." -JL (Web Only - 2014)