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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2005
Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2005
(search item no. 100180)

PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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
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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.