2016 Margerum "M5" Santa Barbara County Rhône Blend

SKU #1380342 93 points Vinous

 The 2016 M5, Margerum's Grenache/Syrah-based wine, is lifted and gracious, with generous Grenache red-toned fruit leading the way. Medium in body and understated, the 2016 finishes with terrific energy and verve. (AG)  (9/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 M5 checks in as a blend of 44% Grenache, 36% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, 5% Counoise, 3% Cinsault that was brought up in neutral oak. This deep ruby/purple-tinged effort is a medium to full-bodied, ripe, beautifully textured effort that has rock star notes of black cherries, black raspberries, scorched earth, and peppery herbs.  (10/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and precise, with raspberry and garrigue aromas and refined cherry, licorice and savory pepper flavors. (TF)  (4/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 42% Grenache, 36% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre, 4% Counoise and 4% Cinsault that's reminiscent of a good Côtes du Rhône, the 2016 M5 opens in the glass with aromas of smoky black cherry, blackberry, spice, cassis and dried flowers. On the palate, it's juicy, medium to full-bodied and supple, with a sweet core of dark fruit, good length and a youthfully primary finish. (WK)  (4/2018)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
A simply stunning Rhône inspired red blend…for sure one of the best $20 wines I have ever tasted from anywhere. Period. This wine really illustrates the ability of California's Central Coast...especially Santa Barbara County... to produce knockout Rhône varietal wines at exceptional values. Everything melds together so seamlessly in this wine. It's rich without being heavy, structured without being harsh. It has beautiful length and balance on the palate. A very complete wine that is absolutely singing right now but will continue to do so for 5+ years for sure.
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By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2019 | Send Email
As a longtime lover of Rhône blends, the Margerum "M5" checked all the boxes for me. This is a knockout blend where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Dark in color with notes of red fruit, garrigue, pepper, and cocoa on the nose. Seamless and lithe on the palate, with delicious spice and earth elements and a long memorable finish. Very well done! You're going to want another glass of this beauty!
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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2019 | Send Email
Despite being named for the five different grape varieties in the blend, the 2016 M5 is really all about the Grenache and Syrah. Together they make up 80% of the blend, and do most of the heavy lifting for this wine. The nose is supple and soft with cherry liquor, a touch of black pepper, and sour plums. On the palate there’s a ton of lively energy; it's fresh and zippy with a nice pinch of tannin, and solid, red fruit. It manages to stay fruit-forward, but keeps its brightness. I definitely group this into the category of fresh, acid-driven Southern Rhone style blends which hail from central coast and still pair wonderfully with food. Outstanding Quality-Price ratio here.

Additional Information:


Rhone Blends


United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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