2016 MARGERUM "M5" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY RHONE BLEND, CALIFORNIA. 43% Grenache, 41% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, 4% Cinsault, 3% Counoise.

M5 is Doug Margerum's quintessential Santa Barbara Rhone blend, what he describes as "a blend that is an amalgamation of memories, both distant and recent, from the numerous wines I have tasted and loved." Working with fruit from diverse Santa Barbara regions including Santa Ynez Valley, Ballard Canyon, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Foxen Canyon, M5 is shows off the quality of the vintage and the exceptional terroir of Santa Barbara for Rhone varietals in this blend that gives the Southern Rhone a run for the money. Each varietal lot fermented separately and aged for ten months in used French oak, racked only once to blend before bottling. Displaying aromas and flavors of black and red fruit with floral, earthy spice accents. A ripe core of fruit is enveloped by suave tannins and the lip-smacking finish is laced with lingering notes of licorice, black pepper, and dark chocolate. For barbecued meats, braises, grilled sausage and hearty stews.

Doug Margerum has been involved in the Santa Barbara food and wine scene for over 35 years. Upon graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1981, his family purchased WINE CASK. In 1994 the WINE CASK became one of 74 restaurants in the world to earn the Wine Spectator Grand Award. Doug sold the WINE CASK in 2007.

Doug launched the Santa Barbara WINE CASK Futures Program in 1984, which elevated the exposure nationally of Santa Barbara Wine Country. From 1986 to 1998, Doug owned VITA NOVA winery with Bob Lindquist (Qupé) and Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat). In 2001, Margerum Wine Company began in a tiny 240 square foot cold room behind Brander Vineyards. The philosophy: return wine making to its previous form of production – handcrafted and personal.

Margerum Wine Company produces limited quantities of wines made from grapes grown both our Estate Vineyard and grapes purchased from other top vineyards from in and around Santa Barbara County. The 18 acre Estate Vineyard is planted exclusively to Rhône grape varietals. The acreage is divided between limestone hillsides and gravelly alluvial flatlands along Alamo Pintado Creek. The wines are now made at their state-of-the-art winery located on Industrial Way in Buellton. Margerum carefully selects the vineyards with meticulous attention to detail in all factors influencing the ultimate quality of the wines, including pruning, soil, climate, and farming methods. (Winery)
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