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2006 Dry Creek Vineyard US Red Blend "The Mariner"

Dry Creek 2006 The Mariner

Winery: Dry Creek Vineyard

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Mariner"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, & 4% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Dry Creek Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $40

Cases produced: 4,588

KWG Score: 92 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: July 22, 2010

Wine Review: This very dark purple colored wine opens with a fragrant and very attractive blackberry bouquet with hints of peppermint and black licorice. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and harmonious. The flavor profile is a very tasty and spicy black currant and mild boysenberry blend. The finish is quite dry and its dusty oak tannins are moderate and linger slightly. This is a very tasty red blend. It would pair perfectly with barbecue spare ribs. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker 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.

Organic status: not organic

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