2010 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner Meritage

Wine Review: 2010 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner Meritage, Dry Creek Valley

This Meritage from the good folks down at Dry Creek Vineyards really hit the spot on Valentine’s Day. It worked on so many levels; it would have been hard to find a better wine at any price. Made from 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, it is a big showy wine that will impress even the most jaded of palates.

Spending 18 months on oak, this wine is approachable, smooth and seductive. Revving up the olfactory receptors with opulent aromas of sweet Rainier cherries, black currants, fresh scraped vanilla bean and Stumptown espresso, it’s hard to pull your nose out of the glass.

The incredible depth and layers of juicy flavors are complex and genuine building on the core components of the aromas adding dulce de leche, fresh tobacco, and a hint of olive to the dominate black and red fruit flavors. The Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner Meritage has soft tamed tannins that extend the texturally pleasing finish making this a wine that should be sought out. Our Valentine’s Day dinner menu consisted of grilled Delmonico steaks, spinach soufflé and a baked Satsuma Imo and the wine paired magically with all three dishes.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $48 | 14.5% ABV

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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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