The other night we had a couple of friends over after we had been out to dinner to chat and drink some more wine. I headed down to the cellar to make the selection for us and came back with the 2004 The Mariner from Dry Creek Vineyards. The Mariner follows along with the sailing theme that the winery carries on their labels, showing the family’s passion for boating and the sea.
The 2004 Mariner is a blend that includes all five of the Bordeaux varietals. The blend includes 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot all from the Dry Creek Valley Appellation.
After 18 days of fermenting, the juice went into French Oak barrels for 25 months to age.
Nose – Pepperoni, blackberry, cassis and leather
Taste – Sun-dried tomato, cherry, and blackberry as well as hints of sautéed peppers
Mouthfeel – full bodied and bold, great velvety tannins
Finish – long and full of fresh dark fruit flavor
This was a great wine that all of us really enjoyed. Great dark fruit flavors and aromas interlaced with great splashes of spiced meat that proved for a nice complex sip.