2014 Margerum "M5" Santa Barbara County Rhône Blend

SKU #1264393 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made from 41% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre and the rest Counoise and Cinsault that spent ten months in French oak, the 2014 M5 offers classic notes of underbrush, peppery herbs and some meatiness to go with a core of black raspberry and cassis fruit, medium-bodied richness and solid underlying tannic grip. It’s a charming, complex effort to enjoy over the coming 4-5 years. (JD)  (8/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 A blend of 41% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre, 4% Counoise and 4% Cinsault from seven vineyards, this longtime Margerum-fan favorite shows boisterous wild berries, allspice-laced brioche, juicy hibiscus and fresh watermelon notes on the fun, inviting nose. It's juicy, light and easy drinking, with hints of anise and dried mint that give character to the bright red fruit. (MK)  (6/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and snappy, with floral raspberry aromas and soft, grapey flavors of huckleberry, licorice and spice. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault. Drink now through 2023. (TF)  (3/2016)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

United States

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California

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Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1