Dry Creek Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County, California) “The Mariner” 2014

($52):  This is a Cabernet-based powerhouse Bordeaux blend that includes, in addition to that grape, Petit Verdot, Malbec (yes, it used to be, and still is, planted in Bordeaux), and Cabernet Franc.  Despite its depth and power, the finely polished tannins allow for current consumption.  Filled with ripe fruit flavors, it is, nonetheless, not sweet.  Indeed, it finishes with a delightful hint of bitterness, which is crucial in a wine of this size if you expect to drink it with a meal.  This is a perfect choice the next time you’re in a steakhouse.
90 Michael Apstein Nov 6, 2018