At first swirl, the wine displays aromas of black currant, black cherry and cranberry sauce. Several more minutes reveal hints of allspice, mocha, white pepper and nutmeg. The palate has dark berry flavors along with earthy complexity and spiced plum. It finishes with notes of fine leather, dried herbs and toasty cedar. Good acidity will help this wine to age beautifully for years to come.
93 points Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Mariner is an excellent effort that underscores the quality of Bordeaux grape varieties as grown in the Dry Creek Valley. TASTING NOTES: This wine is elegant, persistent, and bright. Pair its aromas and flavors of red fruits, savory spices, and earth with oven-baked chicken thighs in a wild mushroom sauce. (Tasted: October 23, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
90 points Wine Enthusiast
This blends 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Together, they provide a seamless, full-bodied experience of dark chocolate, crushed rock and crisp berry fruit. Oak and tannin remain well-behaved and integrated, with lasting hits of cinnamon and clove that mark the close.