Dry Creek Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County, California) “The Mariner” 2018

($50):  Dry Creek Vineyard’s Bordeaux-blend, labeled Mariner, has always been a bargain among that category of California wine.  Their 2018 follows in that tradition.  A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (2/3rds) with Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdon and Cabernet Franc filling out the other third, it is a muscular, but not overwrought, wine.  The savory — olive-tinged and herbal — side of Cabernet Sauvignon comes through as it sits in the glass.  A glossy texture allows for current enjoyment.  Throw a steak on the grill.
92 Michael Apstein Dec 14, 2021