The Story of "The
A New Vision in Winemaking Philosophy
October 2013 –
The Mariner was crafted to represent a new vision and
winemaking philosophy from the second generation
owners of Dry Creek Vineyard. Perhaps one of our
biggest strengths is our knowledge of the unique
terroir of the Dry Creek Valley. For more than
40 years, our experience with Dry Creek Valley’s
soil, climate and vineyard diversity has allowed us
to choose the best fruit from the best vineyards.
The essence of that knowledge is how The Mariner
came to fruition.
A blend of all five noble Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
and Petit Verdot), The Mariner has a
wonderful sense of depth and complexity.
This is partially due to how the blend was
put together. First, individual lots in our
vineyards were harvested separately and put
in French oak barrels for aging. After nine
months, a base blend of Cabernet and Merlot
was established. Then, small percentages of
Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot were
added to enhance the final blend. The wine
was then put back into French oak for an
additional 18 months. This process, coupled
with our enhanced vineyard sources, has
created a wine with incredible personality
and structure. Certainly, it is a wine that
will age for 10 years or more.
The name The Mariner seemed appropriate given our love of the
sea. Like a mariner, a winemaker has to navigate
his or her way through a given vintage. The poem on
the front of the Mariner label by Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow, mirrors the plight of a mariner and a
We hope you enjoy The Mariner as much as we do. It’s an
exciting time at Dry Creek Vineyard, and the journey
is only just beginning.