Dry Creek Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County, California) “The Mariner” 2017

($50):  Dry Creek Vineyard, founded by David Stare in 1972, has been a leader in the Dry Creek Valley wine renaissance.  Stare started by focusing on Sauvignon Blanc because of his love of Loire Valley wines, but quickly expanded the portfolio.  The Mariner, a typical Bordeaux-blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (69%) Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (6%) and equal parts Malbec and Petit Verdot, is powerful yet elegant.  Suavely textured, it has plenty of structure without being astringent or aggressive.  Savory, olive-like notes intermingle beautifully with dark fruitiness.  Long and graceful, it’s a delight to drink with a grilled steak.
93 Michael Apstein Jun 9, 2020