The Mariner is a powerful, yet elegant Meritage made in the tradition of some of the world’s greatest Bordeaux blends. We call this proprietary blend “The Mariner” because just as a mariner navigates his ship, so too must our winemaker navigate his way through a vintage. The grapes for this delicious Bordeaux-inspired blend come from several of our most prized estate and hillside vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. At first swirl, the wine displays aromas of black currant, black cherry and dried cranberry. Several more minutes reveal hints of white pepper, cumin, mocha and violet. The palate has dark berry flavors along with earthy complexity and savory tones. It finishes with notes of baking spices, dried herbs and vanilla. Good acidity will help this wine to age beautifully for years to come.
With 19% Petite Sirah and 3% Carignan, this old-vine red shows a wealth of baked fruit, brick, oak and leather characteristics. Round and rich, it delivers balance and underlying elegance, with soft, supple tannins and touches of black tea and backing spice. The vines average more than 100 years in age. -Wine Enthusiast, 92pts