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2010 Dry Creek Vineyard Red Blends or Varietals "The Mariner"

Dry Creek 2010 The Mariner

Winery: Dry Creek Vineyard

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Mariner"

Wine Category: Red Blends or Varietals

Grape blend: 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, & 5% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Dry Creek Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $45

Cases produced: 2,089

KWG Score: 90 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: January 7, 2014

Wine Review: This pitch black colored red blend opens with a faint blackberry jam bouquet with a hint of cedar. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and easy to drink. The flavor profile is very Old World styled. It features gentle cassis, and integrated cedar notes with hints of green olives, tea and black pepper. The finish is dry and its big tannins are very sticky and bold. This wine would benefit from a bit of decanting in the near term and would pair well with beef bourguignon. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: 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.

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