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Dry Creek Vineyard 2005 Meritage Dry Creek Valley 

From one of my favorite wineries in Sonoma County, this is only the second vintage of their premier blend and it’s beautifully-crafted. Made of the five noble Bordeaux varieties, it’s based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with Petite Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. Although still pretty tannic it quickly opens, revealing delicious aromas and flavors of blackberries, plums, black cherries, and currants with notes of minerals, herbs, green olives, and light smoky, spice notes. Elegant enough to drink on its own now, but best on the table with prime rib, ribeye steak, rack of lamb, or grilled quail. Dedicated to the life of the mariner, hence its special designation, founder and owner David S. Stare is passionate about sailing. Available online at drycreekvineyard.com, it’s $40 retail. It’s a great gift for a dad or cousin who loves wine, or for yourself. Dry Creek wines are usually available at BevMo!

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