M5 White Estate Rhône Blend, Santa Barbara Couty
|Grapes||Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Picpoul, Roussanne, Viognier|
“In my more recent and past travels to France, some of the most compelling wines I have tasted have been Rhône white blends. I’ve always wanted to make a wine like this, but was without the source of quality white Rhône grapes – from the right climate and terroir – until now. In February 2016 we grafted and planted our Estate Vineyard in the new Los Olivos District AVA to all Rhône varietals. “M5 White” is now the companion wine to our flagship M5 Red, a Rhône-styled red blend based on Grenache. Both wines are enhanced by multiple varietal components creating blends that develop flavor and deliver on the palate in a seamless way.” Doug Margerum
M5 White is a white Rhône-style blend similar to Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. M is for Margerum, 5 is for the five grapes that make up the blend. A unique blend of 47% Grenache Blanc, 23% Marsanne, 17% Roussanne, 9% Viognier and 4% Picpoul Blanc. Beautiful aromas of apricots, white florals (honeysuckle, gardenia and magnolia), sweet honey with hints of brioche toast and white stone fruits – nectarine and apricots. Flavors of apple and a touch of peach nectar engage with the bright mouth-watering acidity. An energetic and delicious white with a very round and pleasing palate, and ample acidity to balance the richness. This is a wine that will continue to evolve with time in bottle.
Each component was fermented separately in neutral French oak barriques, large puncheons and stainless steel. Aged on fine lees for 8 months. A small portion of the wine was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation to increase mouthfeel. 2,071 cases produced. Alcohol 13.2%,
About the Producer
Doug Margerum has been involved in the Santa Barbara food and wine scene for over 35 years. He owned Wine Cask, which in 1994 became one of 74 restaurants in the world to earn the Wine Spectator Grand Award. It was sold 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, he owned Vita Novawinery 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 both grapes grown on the 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 varieties. 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.
Margerum primarily produces M5 (a Rhône varietal red blend), single vineyard Syrahs, a co-fermented Syrah called Über, Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc, M5 White (a Rhône varietal white blend) and Riviera Rose. Doug works with the top vineyards from the cool, eastern end of the valley in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara to the cold vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills towards the western end of the valley.
Doug’s unique background with retail wine sales, as the sommelier/owner of a Grand Award restaurant and as a wine maker made him sought out by a variety of wineries to assist in the formation of their brands. Doug has consulted for Chêne Bleu super Rhône wines in France, and continues to consult for Happy Canyon Vineyards, and Robert Lieff’s Tipping Tree wines in the Los Olivos District, all in Santa Barbara County, as well as the Santa Barbara wines of Paradise Springs Winery based in Virginia.