The 2010 The Mariner is representative of the cooler vintage with moderate temperatures. Initial aromatics speak to those cool vintage characteristics with bright red fruits and dried flowers. After several minutes of aeration, the wine becomes much more intricate with dark cherry, cassis, toasty oak and hints of espresso. On the palate, the flavors are harmonious and supple, with blackberry and black tea combining with a fine toasty complexity.
The tannins are smooth and round, lending excellent structure to this wine. The finish is long and lingering with a charming flavor profile that entices one for another sip.
"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. "
"Dry Creek’s dense ruby/purple-colored 2010 Proprietary Red The Mariner is composed of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It has sweet tannins as well as plenty of black currant, cedar and plum characteristics, medium to full body, a distinctive elegance, and none of the rustic earthiness that Bordeaux varietals grown in Dry Creek can sometimes possesses. Enjoy this beauty now and over the next decade."
The Wine Advocate