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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2006
Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2006
(search item no. 105709)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $32.99

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
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Mariner exudes the qualities of a fine Bordeaux. At first swirl, this wine presents a beautiful mix of bright cherry, chocolate, and cassis elements framed by subtle notes of vanilla bean and coffee. On the palate, this classic blend comes together with fine tannins that support the dense fruit and structure of this full bodied wine. With more airing, hints of rose petal and earthy nuances provide balance, grace, and finesse. A long and memorable finish proves that this delicious young wine will age for at least a decade or more.
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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.