2016 Margerum "M5" Santa Barbara County Rhône Blend SKU #1380342

Price: $19.95

VN 93 JD 92 WS 91
RP 90
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Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    2/20/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
    Top Value!
  • Robert Cash
    By: Robert Cash
    1/15/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
    Top Value!
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    1/2/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    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.

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