A Chateauneuf-du-Pape style blend using five grape varieties from the highest quality vineyards in Santa Barbara County.
The “M” is for Margerum and “5” for the five grapes we use: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise, and Cinsault.
M5 is always all about Grenache and, as it is every year, the trick is to balance the crimson, aromatic, lean, bright, tight Grenache, Counoise, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault based components with the bombastic, dark, black, plum, tannic, bold, intense ripe, full-bodied Syrah we make. M5 is a wine that is from a thought – a blend that is an amalgamation of memories, both distant and recent, of wines we’ve tasted and loved the past thirty-three years.
Color: Ruby Red, bright
Aroma: Dark plum, youthful fruits come immediately to the fore, with perfumed Grenache and rose-petal floral aromas. A whirl of assorted spices further entwines with charcuterie undertones.
Palate: A firm, solid offering with an impressive grip with ripe tannins. A burst of berried Grenache flavors initially impact, followed by the black olive, licorice and dark chocolate contribution of Syrah and earthy Mourvedre.
Sourced from vineyards in Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Sta. Rita Hills, and Foxen Canyon.
The wine was matured for 9 months in seasoned French oak barrels and puncheons.
The 2013 vintage is going to go down as a great one. Following a dry winter, there was early bud break and a large fruit set. The growing season was even and warm, flowing into a moderate, dry fall. The standout characteristic for 2013 wines: complete ripeness without high sugar levels. The wines are powerful and concentrated. The worry in Santa Barbara is about the drought. The lack of rainfall has positive quality implications, but we need winter rains to recharge our aquifers and cleanse our soils.