Dry Creek Mariner Meritage 2017
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley|
At first swirl, the wine displays aromas of black currant, black cherry and spiced plum. Several more minutes reveal hints of allspice, nutmeg, cocoa powder and dried flowers. The palate has dark berry flavors along with earthy complexity and savory notes. It finishes with notes of fine leather, dried herbs and toasty cedar. Good acidity will help this wine to age beautifully for years to come.
Blend: 69%Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec,5% Petit Verdot
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
69% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Merlot; 6% Cabernet Franc; 5% Petit Verdot; 5% Malbec. The 2017 Mariner is a well-measured wine that exhibits a sense of tailored richness and inviting complexity right from the start. Its layered aromas of currants, berries and plums are enriched with notes of loam and sweet oak spice, all of which carry through in its lengthy, very like-minded flavors, and its well-integrated tannins lend structural firmness without toughening. Never flamboyant, but as steady as they come, it asks for another three to five years before being brought to the table.