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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2008
Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner 2008
(search item no. 119421)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine displays wonderful aromatics of polished red fruit, mocha and spice. The nose translates to an elegant and seamless experience on the palate with a core of juicy black fruit, chocolate, black plums, cassis, black and red cherry, black tea, vanilla and spice. The tannins are smooth and polished framing the wonderful structure and balance in the wine. Some additional minutes in the glass reveal the enchanting aspects of the Dry Creek Valley appellation including dried spices, bright floras and an earthy dusty quality.

Blend: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc

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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.