Dry Creek Vineyard the Mariner 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Smoky, deep and layered on the nose with dried floral, dried herb and vanilla tones accenting the mulberry and plum fruit. There is an underlay of dirt and high toast wood as well and that gained through the course of the evening turning a bit too green and funky, though by the end of the evening that began to re-integrate. At first this delivered good creamy, red cherry fruit with gentle spice tones and a lovely spicy, lingonberry edge with very polished tannins in an almost elegant package. Tannins pop a bit on the finish and really became quite prominent and gave the wine a muddy feeling. The flavors turned toward coffee liquor tones and gained a lot of clove-y spice. With further airing this regained some of it’s earlier balance and while it has good fruit and length this may not have the balance to age and improve. In any event it is a young and disjointed at the moment 2009-2016 88pts

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Dry Creek Vineyard:
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consu... Read more
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consumers to the wines of northern Sonoma County. Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, Dave personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, Dave headed west to California to start his own family winery. Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always defiant, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that over deliver on quality. For more than 30 years, this pursuit of winemaking excellence has lead to many international awards and accolades. With a loyal following of wine club members and customers, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard the Mariner

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,775
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/22/2008

Smoky, deep and layered on the nose with dried floral, dried herb and vanilla tones accenting the mulberry and plum fruit. There is an underlay of dirt and high toast wood as well and that gained through the course of the evening turning a bit too green and funky, though by the end of the evening that began to re-integrate. At first this delivered good creamy, red cherry fruit with gentle spice tones and a lovely spicy, lingonberry edge with very polished tannins in an almost elegant package. Tannins pop a bit on the finish and really became quite prominent and gave the wine a muddy feeling. The flavors turned toward coffee liquor tones and gained a lot of clove-y spice. With further airing this regained some of it’s earlier balance and while it has good fruit and length this may not have the balance to age and improve. In any event it is a young and disjointed at the moment 2009-2016 88pts


Member Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard the Mariner

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,582
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/10/2014

Very nice Dry Creek bordeaux blend. Fairly tight at the moment but anticipating this will open up with some air time. Loads of dark fruit, ripe plum, raisin, a touch of smoke, medium to fine but not too grippy tannin and a medium finish.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/12/2012

Decant this for an hour and it opens up like a flower. Hey that rhymes! Lots of nice dark fruit from the Petit Verdot. While the Cabernet dominates, The Merlot softens it up a bit. I love meritages and this one did not disappoint.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/08/2011

Wonderfully not overoaked, teeth staining purple. Cassis, dark red fruits, not too fruity. bettter than most Bordeaux at this price.


Snooth User: DeeJohnson
102687734
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/25/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/01/2009

This wine had a veggie aroma with a musty edge. It was not earthy but moldy. To me the wine had blueberry aroma but no finish, no acidity and was slightly sweet. Probably need time to open up.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/22/2008

A very smokey wine - herbal, mineral with nice vanilla tones. Pretty tannic on the finish. Tasted at the Snooth PTP California Cab blind tasting: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/snooth-ptp-california-cabernet


Snooth User: smiles813
1063123319
0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/12/2012

$33.99


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External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard the Mariner

External Review
Vintage: 2009 04/12/2013

When we tasted the Dry Creek Mariner, we were more than impressed by the ample fruit, round mouth feel, and balanced tannin and oak character. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cab Franc.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/14/2010

Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage Sonoma County 2006 750ML


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/17/2010

The 2006 Meritage displays classic Bordeaux-style characters of bright cherry, chocolate, and vanilla, perfumed with a wonderful dried floral component. On the palate, the wine is rich and seamless with excellent depth and complexity. Subtle nuances of blueberry and spicy black pepper provide weight and dimension. The finish is elegant and sophisticated with excellent tannin and structure - a wine that lingers on the palate. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe Mariner exudes exotic aromas of wild cherry, blackberry, and dried roses. After several more minutes in the glass, additional dark fruit characters are revealed. This is a multidimensional wine that is both compelling and provocative. On the palate, the fruit is rich and succulent with bright cherry, dark chocolate, and cassis flavors that intermingle with seamless, well integrated tannins. The finish displays flavors that are harmonious and repeat the theme of balance and finessea wine that truly begs for another sip.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe Meritage has wonderful aroma, harmony and intensity. At first swirl, concentrated aromas of cherry-vanilla, rose petal and cassis are abundant. On the palate juicy blackberry, red currant and black cherry notes are well balanced and rich without being overpowering. Ripe and supple tannins finish long and lingering. Additional Bordeaux varietals contribute to this a beautiful wine that will only improve over the next few years.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 04/14/2010

WE: 87 Points WS: 85 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2005 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal


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