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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