2011 Margerum "M5" Santa Barbara County Rhône Blend
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(49% grenache, 24% syrah, 9% mourvedre, 6% counoise and 7% cinsault): Bright ruby-red. Highly fragrant scents of fresh raspberry, candied cherry and musky underbrush. Offers lively red berry fruit and spicecake flavors, with a touch of white pepper in the background. Gains sweetness and depth with air, finishing with smooth, even tannins and good spicy cling. There's something vaguely pinot-like going on here.
Offers firm, ripe and vivid red and dark berry fruit, with touches of licorice and red candy, and a clean, snappy finish. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault. Drink now through 2020.