Margerum Wine Company is owned and operated by Doug Margerum, one of Santa Barbara’s leading winemaking entrepreneurs. It produces small quantities of premium wines made from estate-grown and purchased grapes from top neighboring vineyards. We visited Doug at the winery in Buellton and tasted his full range of current releases earlier this year. This review focuses on two recent and popular new releases.
Margerum’s estate vineyard consists of 18 acres planted exclusively with Rhone varietals on limestone hillsides and gravelly alluvial flatlands. The wines are made with great attention to detail at a state-of-the art winery in Buellton. They are well-made and well-priced, which explains why Margerum is such a highly successful and popular winery. The winery produces up to 12,000 cases annually.
This review focuses on Doug’s popular M5 White and the M5. Both are delicious Rhone blends and wonderful food wines.
Margerum 2018 M5 White Los Olivos District ($21) 91 The M5 White is a delicious blend of Rhone White varietals:50% Grenache Blanc, 13% Viognier, 14% Marsanne, 22% Rousanne and 1% Picpoul Blanc. It is notably floral in character with ripe tropical fruit flavors. There is both good ripeness and acidity in the wine making it an excellent accompaniment to a variety of grilled seafood, tropical fruits, and salads.
Margerum Wine M5 Santa Barbara County ($28) 92+ The M5 is a bold flavored Grenache-based blend consisting of 51% Grenache, 40% Syrah and small amounts of Mourvedre, Counoise and Cinsault. Dark ruby in color, the wine offers ripe black fruit flavors with toasted oak on the attack. It reveals good acidity and firm round tannins on the mid-palate and has a persistent finish. A lovely red Rhone complement to the M5 White and an equally attractive food wine.