Wine Recommendation: Dry Creek Vineyard 2006 The Mariner

Sailors have always been masterful storytellers, and perhaps the greatest of all sea tales begins with words familiar to every student of Western Civilization: “It is time that I told you of the disastrous voyage Zeus gave me.” While not many of us ever have to face physical trials as dire as those which so sorely tested great Odysseus, there are nonetheless occasions in our workaday lives when we suffer emotional shipwreck and find ourselves cast upon desolate shores, and at such times few things in this world have greater power to restore our wearied spirits than enjoying good wine in the the company of friends and family.
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Sea dogs and landlubbers alike will find much to praise and just as much to savor in the remarkable Dry Creek Vineyard 2006 The Mariner ($40), a Bordeaux-style red wine blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Equal parts power and elegance, its perfectly balanced flavors include ripe plum, dark berry, and cherry, with notes of mocha, spice, and vanilla emerging on its long, polished finish. While altogether delicious now at the height of its youthful vigor, it would be wise to stow away a bottle or two of this wine below deck, because it will age beautifully for at least a decade.
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The best wines, like the greatest tales, are always worth sharing, and I can offer everyone, seafarer or not, the same assurance: However disaster-filled or tempest-tossed your daily odyssey might have been, if you open a bottle of Dry Creek Vineyard 2006 The Mariner and serve it with your evening repast, the rest of the day for you and your shipmates will be nothing but calm seas and smooth sailing.

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