Dry Creek Vineyard

The Mariner Dry Creek Valley Meritage Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.092 ratings
9.08 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Randy Fuller

2012. The wine is very dark; light barely passes through it. On the nose, nothing is spared. Deep red currant, blueberry, anise, pencil point, cedar, cigar - it’s all there in abundance. The palate is bold and brawny, to use two descriptors which always seem to go hand in hand. The tannins will attack that tri-tip steak and send it back to Santa Maria. It’s a lively wine, not just aggressive. It practically sparkles in the mouth. Blackberry and licorice meet that oak spice and the acidity is lip-smacking perfect. The finish falls away a little more quickly than I thought it would, but it’s a lovely taste while it lingers.

2012. The wine is very dark; light barely passes through it. On the nose, nothing is spared. Deep red currant, blueberry, anise, pencil point, cedar, cigar - it’s all there in abundance. The palate is bold and brawny, to use two descriptors which always seem to go hand in hand. The tannins will attack that tri-tip steak and send it back to Santa Maria. It’s a lively wine, not just aggressive. It practically sparkles in the mouth. Blackberry and licorice meet that oak spice and the acidity is lip-smacking perfect. The finish falls away a little more quickly than I thought it would, but it’s a lovely taste while it lingers.

3 people found it helpfulDec 14th, 2015
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, cassis, mossy earth, eucalyptus, raspberry, oak and hints of licorice. Great structure and moderate tannins.

Blackberry, cassis, mossy earth, eucalyptus, raspberry, oak and hints of licorice. Great structure and moderate tannins.

2 people found it helpfulSep 5th, 2016
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, cassis, cherry, mocha, eucalyptus, oak and dried herbs. Great structure and well-integrated tannins.

Blackberry, cassis, cherry, mocha, eucalyptus, oak and dried herbs. Great structure and well-integrated tannins.

2 people found it helpfulMar 20th, 2015
Brian Glockzin

Beverage Director Wayzata Country Club

9.0

Great Bordeaux blend!

Great Bordeaux blend!

1 person found it helpfulJun 29th, 2015
Lyn Farmer

THIS wine is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and the rest malbec, cab franc and petition vendor. It's a seamless wine with no flavor profile dominating, just a mellow, fruity and nicely complex balance. Subdued tannins and moderate acidity indicate it may not last for a decade but I want it sooner rather than later anyway!

THIS wine is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and the rest malbec, cab franc and petition vendor. It's a seamless wine with no flavor profile dominating, just a mellow, fruity and nicely complex balance. Subdued tannins and moderate acidity indicate it may not last for a decade but I want it sooner rather than later anyway!

Oct 18th, 2015
K S
9.0

2020 drink chix parm w/ JR

2020 drink chix parm w/ JR

Oct 10th, 2020
Jim
9.1

Many flavors black berry, mineral, leather, tobacco, cassis. Good structure. Deep dark purple a little cloudy.

Many flavors black berry, mineral, leather, tobacco, cassis. Good structure. Deep dark purple a little cloudy.

Aug 11th, 2019
Mark Snider

Thank you Dee. Love it.

Thank you Dee. Love it.

Jul 29th, 2017
Joe F
8.4

Spicy & woody nose. Initial red fruit taste developing to more earthy spice, balanced tannins and alcohol. Want to like it more than currently do.

Spicy & woody nose. Initial red fruit taste developing to more earthy spice, balanced tannins and alcohol. Want to like it more than currently do.

Feb 5th, 2017
Sue
9.4

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% merlot, 8% malbec, 8% petit verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc from Jay at xmas

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% merlot, 8% malbec, 8% petit verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc from Jay at xmas

Dec 24th, 2016