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January 7, 2024 | Doug Margerum

Margerum M5 Red Earns Prestigious Recognition as #17 in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List

SANTA BARBARA, January 2024 – Margerum Wine Company is proud to announce that our Margerum M5 Red has secured the remarkable position of #17 in Wine Spectator’s highly acclaimed Top 100 List for the 2023 edition. This prestigious recognition is a testament to the exceptional quality and craftsmanship inherent in every bottle of Margerum M5 Red.

Margerum M5 Red, a captivating blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise, and Cinsault, has consistently delighted wine enthusiasts with its complexity, elegance, and expression of Santa Barbara County’s unique terroir. This #17 ranking in the renowned Top 100 List further solidifies the wine’s status as an outstanding example of winemaking excellence.

Doug Margerum, the visionary winemaker behind Margerum Wine Company, expresses his gratitude for the recognition: “We are truly honored to have Margerum M5 Red recognized among the top wines by Wine Spectator. This accolade reflects the dedication and passion that our team puts into every bottle, and we are excited to share this achievement with our valued customers and supporters.”

Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List is widely regarded as a definitive guide to the world’s best wines, selected from thousands of entries across the globe. Margerum M5 Red’s impressive #17 ranking underscores its exceptional quality and its ability to stand out in the competitive world of fine wines.

Margerum Wine Company invites wine enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and collectors to experience the award-winning Margerum M5 Red. This recognition from Wine Spectator adds to the legacy of Margerum’s commitment to producing wines that consistently garner high scores and critical acclaim.

For more information about Margerum Wine Company and its acclaimed portfolio, please visit https://top100.winespectator.com/lists/#17.

About Margerum Wine Company:

Founded by Doug Margerum in 2021, Margerum Wine Company is a Santa Barbara-based winery dedicated to crafting exceptional wines that showcase the unique terroir of the region. With a commitment to quality and innovation, Margerum Wine Company has gained recognition for its diverse and expressive portfolio, with Margerum M5 Red standing out as a highlight among its esteemed portfolio of wines.

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December 31, 2023 | Margerum Wine Company

Rob Raede: Seven Nights of Sips and Bites to Get Your New Year Started Right - Noozhawk

Read full article at https://www.noozhawk.com/rob-raede-seven-nights-of-sips-and-bites-to-get-your-new-year-started-right/ 

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May 25, 2023 | Margerum Wine Company

Barden Wines Wine Spectator Ratings are in! - WineSpectator.com

Review all Wines here: https://www.winespectator.com/wine/search/recall/yes/page/1/sort_by/vintage/sort_dir/default

All  Barden Wines:

BARDEN
Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills
 
2019    91        $52
                       
BARDEN
Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills
 
2017    91        $48
                       
BARDEN
Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills
 
2016    92        $48
                       
BARDEN
Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills
 
2015    91        $48
                       
BARDEN
Fonte Sta. Rita Hills
 
2016    89        $36
                       
BARDEN
Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
 
2019    92        $68
                       
BARDEN
Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
 
2017    87        $68
                       
BARDEN
Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
 
2016    91        $68
                       
BARDEN
Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
 
2015    91        $68
                       
BARDEN
Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
 
2014    88        $68
                       
BARDEN
Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
 
2013    88        $82
                       
BARDEN
Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
 
2012    85        $87
                       
BARDEN
Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
 
2017    89        $80
                       
BARDEN
Syrah Santa Barbara County
 
2012    86        $50

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March 20, 2023 | Margerum Wine Company

Taste of Santa Barbara Wines

Taste of Santa Barbara Wines

Sunday, May 21, 2023

 1-4 PM

 El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, 123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 $60.00

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Join us for the annual Taste of Santa Barbara Wines at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park! Come explore, connect, and learn what makes Santa Barbara County’s wine scene unique. 

Enjoy tastings from some of Santa Barbara County’s celebrated wineries, restaurants, and food artisans in the Presidio Orchard. Meet and hear directly from growers, chefs, and makers. Head inside the historic El Presidio Chapel for interactive conversations and panel discussions with winemakers throughout the day.

Don’t miss Heritage Goods and Supply’s special pop-up store, which will feature books and products from local authors and artisans, as well as specialty foods available for purchase.

A portion of the proceeds from the Taste of Santa Barbara will benefit the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience in partnership with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

*Ticket includes admission, wine tastings, and light bites.

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November 18, 2022 | Margerum Wine Company

TIME FOR FUN IN THE FUNK ZONE - Monarch Wine

Read Full Article Here: https://monarch.wine/time-for-fun-in-the-funk-zone/

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September 14, 2022 | Margerum Wine Company

Doug Margerum Nominated as Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Santa Barbara, California, September 14, 2022 – Doug Margerum and the Margerum Wine
Company announce Doug’s nomination as Winemaker of the Year for the 23rd anniversary of
Wine Enthusiast’s coveted Annual Wine Star Awards, which honors individuals and companies
that make outstanding contributions to the wine and alcohol beverage world. Winners will be
announced in the magazine’s Best of Year Issue in December 2022.


This is a terrific personal recognition and professional acknowledgement for Doug and the
decades of contributions he has made to the Santa Barbara culinary and wine scene. Since his
1981 opening of the legendary Wine Cask restaurant, to his launching of the infamous Wine
Cask Futures program in 1984, to his partnership with Bob Lindquist (Qupé) and Jim Clendenen
(Au Bon Climat) in 1986 for Vita Nova Winery, or to his starting of Margerum Wine Company in
2001 and Barden Winery in 2012, Doug has been an instrumental part of Santa Barbara’s success
as a global food and wine destination. This point was further cemented last year by The Wine
Enthusiast as they named Santa Barbara Wine Country as the Region of the Year for the same
Annual Wine Star Awards for 2021.


About Margerum Wine Company
Doug Margerum’s winemaking philosophy is to return to winemaking’s previous form of
production – handcrafted and personal – and produces limited quantities of wines made from
grapes grown at the Estate Vineyard in the Los Olivos District and at top vineyards from
around Santa Barbara County. The wines are made at their state-of-the-art winery located in
Buellton. Margerum primarily produces the M5 wines (Rhône varietal white and red blends); a
co-fermented Syrah called Über; Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc; Riviera Rosé and other single
varietal Rhône wines. In 2014, Doug released the Barden wines, which focuses exclusively on
the terroir of the Sta. Rita Hills, sourcing fruit from top vineyards in the appellation and makes
limited amounts of world-class, cuisine-friendly and age-worthy wines.


Margerum sells a significant portion of their small production wines Direct to Consumer via
their beautiful Santa Barbara Tasting Room at the Hotel Californian, which offers an array of
curated wine flights, private wine experiences, dinners and cuisine. The upstairs in the
Mezzanine is also available for private bookings and events.


Doug also consults and produces wines for several local Santa Barbara wineries including
Happy Canyon Vineyards and Paradise Springs Winery. Additionally, he has created several
vibrant Private Label programs for restaurants and retail groups all over the country along with
the negociant labels Valle de Inez, Riviera Wine Company and Diseño Wine Company.

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June 4, 2020 | Margerum Wine Company

"Tasting Notes with Belmond El Encanto Executive Chef Johan Denizot"- Montecito Journal

I have always admired Margerum Wine Company for its dedication to the region and Doug Margerum’s trailblazing spirit that has practically put Santa Barbara wines on the global map. The winemaker’s Grenache-based M5 blend is elegant with its layers and yet a versatile table and food wine. At Belmond El Encanto I recommend it for guests ordering our flame grilled 10- oz. American Wagyu Flat Iron, served with duck fat potatoes and roasted cippolini onions. For lighter fare, it’s best to try Margerum’s 2019 Riviera Rosé and 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. The rosé works well with grilled sourdough and local burrata and sweet peas and the Sauvignon Blanc is perfect with an artichoke and asparagus salad complete with mustard frills and aged Spaniard goat cheese. A shared passion for Central Coast cuisine (he’s a winemaker and a restaurateur!) is what sparked our recent partnership. Our teams have joined together to create a special Belmond Trio of wine – Margerum’s 2017 M5, 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, and 2019 Riviera Rosé – to enhance everyday experiences at home. The Trio will be unveiled on Instagram Live @belmondelen- canto on Saturday, May 30 at 4 pm. Order the Belmond Trio for pickup in advance at www. margerumwines.com/belmond. •MJ

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May 15, 2020 | Margerum Wine Company

"For Farmers of Wine Grapes, the Pandemic Sows Doubts" - The New York Times

Doug Margerum of Margerum Wine Company is one of Coastal’s clients. Mr. Margerum, a veteran of the Santa Barbara wine industry, grows about 25 percent of the grapes he needs at his own vineyard and buys the rest.

Much of the wine he sells has been through restaurants and a new tasting room, which opened in May in a developing part of the city of Santa Barbara known as the Funk Zone.

“It was just killing it, and then March 16 came and we had to close it,” he said. “I don’t anticipate reopening in any way for months.”

Margerum Wine Company has tried to swivel toward direct-to-consumer sales. Mr. Margerum said he has relied on the help of his 24-year-old son, Remy, to devise internet sales strategies. But still he’s anticipating changes.

“We’re not going to make as much wine as we did, and we’re not going to buy as many grapes as we do,” Mr. Margerum said.

“We know it’s going to end at some point, and we’re not going out of business. But it forces us to focus a little more on what we do and how we do it.”

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May 12, 2020 | Margerum Wine Company

Business Matters: Local Gyms, Shops, Salons All Ready to Reopen But Need the Word ‘Go’ - Noozhawk

Margerum Wine Co. & Barden

Doug Margerum and his Margerum Wine Co. took a hard hit when their tasting room had to close in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. He’s confident it can reopen as a safe environment for both our guests and employees. (Margerum Wine Co. photo)

Most all businesses have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the wine industry has been notably hit as many of our restaurant clients have closed. Appropriately, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has recently changed its regulations and is now allowing restaurants to sell wine along with their to-go orders, and many of restaurant clients are selling our wine that way. Retailers have done well with our wines as their customers seem to have an especially acute need for fine wine right now.

Margerum Wine Co. & Barden opened a new tasting room last year in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone (after being tortured by the City of Santa Barbara permit process), across the street from the Hotel Californian, to great acclaim and incredible customer response.

On March 16, we closed. It was a severe blow to our income after a substantial investment. We laid off the entire tasting room staff, which was heartbreaking. We plan to reopen just as soon as we are allowed. We have plenty of space for social distancing. We will post a staff member at the door to make sure hands are sterilized and the rules are known. We will seat groups in pre-sterilized sections six feet apart. We will have disposable menus and all the staff will wear facemasks as well.

Santa Barbara County has already provided us with guidelines, and we feel comfortable it will be a safe environment for both our guests and employees.

Margerum and Barden sell a lot of wine online. Local customers take advantage of our free delivery or use the curbside pickup option. Our website has incredible offers, so do not feel guilty: Buy as much as you want.

— Douglas Barden Margerum, owner

Margerum Wine Co. & Barden Tasting Room, Hotel Californian at the corner of Mason Street and Helena Avenue in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, and the Buellton Winery Tasting Room, 59 Industrial Way in Buellton

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December 31, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Santa Barbara Has Officially Gotten Its Groove Back - Travel + Leisure

Full article HERE

...Then along came "Sideways," the 2004 Alexander Payne movie that followed a boozy foursome through the vineyards and tasting rooms of Santa Barbara County. Its influence around town, 15 years later, is still enormous. Rajat Parr, a 47-year-old winemaker and sommelier known for his Sandhi line of organic Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, told me, "It's something we can't get away from. Why would we?"

In 2006, a group of local vintners sought to capitalize on "Sideways" by establishing the Urban Wine Trail, a collection of 33 tasting rooms featuring area wines. There are quirky shacks like Municipal Winemakers, with vintage oil portraits on the walls; formal, dark-wood-paneled presentations from vineyards like Margerum; secluded, Italian Brutalist warehouses open by appointment only, like Sanguis; even an unofficial yet delicious stop: a cupcake stand with two daily wine-infused offerings in the Santa Barbara Public Market....

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December 31, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Nine of the Best Sauvignon Blancs We Drank in 2019 - Margerum Sybarite is #3!

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the world’s most popular white wines. Made from green-skinned grapes, two of the wine’s trademark characteristics are crisp acidity and intense aromatics. It can also be grown in a range of climates from France to New Zealand to California, where it sometimes goes by the name Fumé Blanc.

While Sauvignon Blanc was most likely created in Bordeaux, it is the variety in two of the most famous wines from France’s Loire Valley, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The cooler climate of the Loire helps create compounds called pyrazines, which contribute to grassy, herbal or green bell-pepper flavors in the wine. The grape still does have a strong showing in Bordeaux, however, where it is typically blended with Sémillon for the region’s dry and sweet wines, specifically within Graves and Sauternais.

More than 1,000 Sauvignon Blancs or Sauvignon Blanc-based blends were tasted by our reviewers in 2019, so there’s plenty out there to consider. Instead, we turned to our annual top lists to compile a hit list of nine Sauvies to buy now. While the highest-rated bottle may be from a surprising region, beloved Sancerre and New Zealand Savvy Bs still have a strong presence.

Margerum 2018 Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara); $21, 92 points. Crisp pear flesh, lemon rind and white-flowers show on the nose of this always zesty, refreshing bottling by Doug Margerum. There’s a stony grip to the sip, where citrus and Asian pear flavors compete for attention against the tremendously chalky texture. —Matt Kettmann

Original article HERE

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December 16, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Wine Enthusiast names Margerum Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc to their Top 100 list

Margerum 2018 Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc, from Happy Canyon, is ranked as No. 60. This wine is noted for its "crisp pear flesh, lemon rind, and

white flowers" on the nose and "citrus and Asian pear flavors." Margerum has been around since 2001, producing wine from its estate vineyard as well as other Santa Barbara County vineyards. Visit its winery tasting room in Buellton at 59 Industrial Way or in Santa Barbara at 19 E. Mason St.

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November 22, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Margerum and Barden get nice mentions in Virtuoso Traveler

The trail extends to Santa Barbara’s waterfront, through the artsy Funk Zone. This once-neglected, now lively warehouse district holds more than half of the Wine Trail’s tasting rooms. Don’t miss The Valley Project, Santa Barbara Wine Collective, and Margerum Wine Company’s new location across from Hotel Californian; if you’re lucky, as I was, you’ll meet award-winning winemaker Doug Margerum, a well-known name in Santa Barbara’s wine and food circles, and a perfect example of the affable people who define the region’s wine culture. A tasting with him is like having a glass of wine in a friend’s kitchen. During my visit, Margerum talks about his desire to create wines that are both food- and wallet-friendly, shows me photos of his beloved dogs (yes, his tasting room is
also canine-friendly), and proudly shares that one of his sauvignon blancs was served at President Obama’s final state dinner in 2016. He sends me off with restaurant recommendations and the location of his hands-down favorite place to get ice cream – Rori’s Artisanal Creamery (the vanilla bean and black pepper pistachio alone are worth a visit to Santa Barbara)

Full article here: https://www.virtuoso.com/articles/virtuoso-traveler/October-2019/californias-finest-santa-barbara-wine-country#.Xdg6wC3MzOQ

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November 20, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Santa Barbara News-Press writeup: Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos sells locally made Well Bread wine made by Margerum


Bob Oswaks and Doug Margerum go together like bread and wine.

Figuratively and literally.

The two entrepreneurs have paired Mr. Margerum’s vintages with Mr. Oswaks’ culinary creations.

The Buellton-based Margerum Wine Co. has created 2018 Well Bread Pink (grenache rose), 2017 Well Bread White (sauvignon blanc) and 2018 Well Bread Red (grenache). They’re sold exclusively at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery, which Mr. Oswaks, 63, owns and operates at 550 Bell St., Los Alamos.

Mr. Margerum said the light wines go well with the light fare at the bakery and restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch  from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (While the kitchen closes at 3 p.m., the business remains open until 6 p.m.)

“People are realizing they can curate their own wines, put their own label on it and build a brand by people taking these home,” Mr. Margerum told the News-Press on a recent busy morning in the dining room at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery.

“I think private labels are associated with buying bulk wine and slapping a label on it. This is not that,” Mr. Margerum explained as Mr. Oswaks listened.

“These are hand-crafted, small production, premium wines that we’re working on with Bob and putting his label on,” he said.

Mr. Oswaks said customers waiting in line to order their food see the vintages and realize there’s something else they can take home from their visit to wine country.

“Why do you do a small artisan bakery in the middle of wine country? There’s that magic,” he said.

“You’re out there tasting wine and can sit in your garden, sip your wine and have your loaf of bread,” said Mr. Oswaks, whose bakery produces all of its bread at its Los Alamos location. “It’s the perfect pairing.”

Both men agreed Bob’s Well Bread Bakery is a destination business for people traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco and as such, serves as a good location to sell Mr. Margerum’s wines.

“We love being associated with such a quality spot,” Mr. Margerum said. “People discover our wines through Bob’s Well Bread Bakery.”

And Mr. Oswaks praised Mr. Margerum’s wines for tasting great and going well with his menu.

He cited an example: the 2017 Well Bread White (sauvignon blanc), which he likes for its lightness and crispness.

“You can do it with the baguette, prosciutto and egg sandwich or the gravlax platter (house cured salmon served with a toasted bagel),” Mr. Oswaks said. “You can certainly have it with the bacon and onion quiche, cobb salad or salad niçoise (seared tuna with greens, steamed potatoes and more).”

Mr. Margerum said the Well Bread White is ideal for sipping by your swimming pool. “It’s summer in a glass.”

Mr. Oswaks praised the 2018 Well Bread Red (grenache). He noted it could go with the salame and cheese sandwich and the croque-monsieur (a sandwich with baked ham and gruyère cheese).

“Our grenache with our margarita pizza on weekends is perfect,” he said.

Mr. Oswaks started the bakery and restaurant in 2014 after a career in television.

The Brooklyn native earned his bachelor’s in business administration and marketing in 1978 at Delphi University in Garden, City, Long Island.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and worked for legendary TV producer Norman Lear on “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time.”

Mr. Oswaks went on to work on shows such as “Cagney and Lacey” and “Hollywood Squares” before becoming head of worldwide marketing for Sony.
“I was doing marketing for shows like ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Doctor Oz,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ” Mr. Oswaks said. “I spent my career doing that.”

After his Sony run ended in 2010, Mr. Oswaks  picked up a hobby at his Los Angeles home. “I started making bread in a wood-fired oven in my backyard while I was waiting for headhunters to call back and was thinking about what my next big move would be.

“I decided I liked making bread more than shaving and wearing a suit every day,” said Mr. Oswaks, who made trips up north for classes at the San Francisco Baking Institute.

In 2014, he and his wife, Jane, moved from Los Angeles to Santa Ynez.

“This is my Get Out of L.A. card,” said Mr. Oswaks, who prefers the more peaceful Santa Ynez Valley over Los Angeles and its traffic. “My commute here is three stoplights and one (freeway) exit.”

He noted he’s planning to open a second Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in January in Ballard.

“We’ve built up a reputation,” Mr. Oswaks said in his crowded dining room in Los Alamos.
“You can see we have had a steady stream of people since you walked in here."

Bob’s Well Bread Bakery sells Well Bread wines at 550 Bell St., Los Alamos.
The bakery and restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Although the kitchen closes at 3 p.m., the business remains open until 6 p.m.
Bob’s Well Bread Bakery is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For more information, call the business at 805-344-3000 or go to www.bobswellbread.com.

Original article at: https://newspress.com/life/2019/bobs-well-bread-bakery-in-los-alamos-sells-locally-made-well-bread-wines/

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October 22, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Margerum gets a mention from the UK's Evening Standard

"Best known for its chardonnay, pinot noir and syrah, Santa Barbara has six wine grape-growing regions (AVAs). Get your bearings by starting at The Valley Project, which offers a stellar selection of small-batch wines and has a handy chalk-drawn map on the wall. Pali Wine Company next door is a must for pinot noir and has a cool outdoor terrace, as does the new tasting room of The Margerum Wine Company located at the dreamy Hotel Californian. Included on the menu here are Santa Barbara County Rhône Blends, Riviera Rosé and sauvignon blanc (of which Barack Obama is a fan!). Margerum also does a mean cheeseboard.

Generally, you don’t need to book to visit a tasting room and you can expect to pay $15 to sample five wines, unless you purchase an Urban Wine Trail Membership Card (which gets you free tastings throughout Santa Barbara and would be better suited to a longer stay)."

Full article here: https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/santa-barbara-travel-guide-a4266781.html

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October 9, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Bob's Well Bread in Los Alamos now features private label by Margerum

Bob’s Well Bread Bakery Announces ‘House Wines’

Bob’s Well Bread Bakery, the iconic bakery and restaurant at 550 Bell St. in Los Alamos, has released Well Bread Wines, a private label also created by Doug Margerum. The three wines — a sauvignon blanc, grenache rosé and grenache — are available to bakery guests by either the glass or bottle.

The current releases are the 2018 Well Bread Pink (rosé of grenache), the 2017 Well Bread White (sauvignon blanc) and the 2018 Well Bread Red (grenache).

Since its inception in 2014, Bob’s Well Bread has attracted both local residents and travelers. The bakery and Bob Oswaks’ entire family are committed to products that are handmade with only the finest ingredients and natural starters. Bob’s doesn’t use any preservatives and strives to source local ingredients using farmers and growers who practice the purest growing initiatives.

Its commitment to being “well bread” means doing good things, supporting the community and donating what it doesn’t sell to local food banks. These practices showcase Los Alamos and the Central Coast and have elevated the region to a respected culinary destination.

Also new at Bob’s is a “Take-Away Trailer” outside the bakery that will allow customers to skip long lines and take bread, pastries or coffee to go on the weekends.

Oswaks, chef David Jeffers and head baker Scott Smith are pleased with the addition, according to Oswaks.

“We were eager to find a solution to taking care of our customers on weekends who were daunted by the long times for a simple pick up of a few pastries or coffee,” he said.

— Laurie Jervis blogs about wine at www.centralcoastwinepress.com, tweets at @lauriejervis and can be reached via winecountrywriter@gmail.com. The opinions expressed are her own.

 

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September 25, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Some great scores from Vinous' Antonio Galloni

I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted with Doug Margerum this year. As always, Margerum favors a style built on energy and vibrancy. In the past, I have found some of the wines a bit austere, but these releases all show a bit more flesh, which makes the wines, in my view, more friendly and easy to like. The biggest development here is Margerum's long-term lease of the former Honea Vineyard in Los Olivos, which is now the Margerum Estate Vineyard that informs a number of these wines.

- Antonio Galloni 2019

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September 12, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Visit California gives Margerum Tasting Room a nice mention

Margerum Wines
Opens New Tasting Room


Doug Margerum and the Margerum Wine
Company just unveiled their new tasting room
at the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara. The
Margerum Wine Company tasting room offers
distinctive flights and wines by the glass from
their premium wines produced at their state-
of-the-art Buellton winery. An ever-changing
menu features rare bottlings and excellent older
vintages. For those seeking a more refined
experience, the Margerum Wine Company
offers customized Private Winemaker Tastings
with Doug Margerum by appointment.

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July 15, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Barden 2017 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) reviewed by Wine Enthusiast

This is the first time that Doug Margerum has parsed out a single-vineyard expression from his Sta. Rita Hills blend for this label, and it's easy to see why. On the nose, sagebrush and blackberry converge with gamy meats, while the extremely zippy palate offers black-raspberry, lavender, white-pepper and duck-fat flavors.
PRICE    $80

DESIGNATION

  • Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
  • VARIETY
  • Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
  • Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California, US
  • WINERY
  • Barden
  • ALCOHOL 13.3%

MATT KETTMANN @mattkettmann Contributing Editor

A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.
Email: mkettmann@wineenthusiast.net

https://www.winemag.com/buying-guide/barden-2017-sanford-benedict-vineyard-pinot-noir-sta-rita-hills/

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July 8, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

27 East.com Covers Margerum/Barden Pop Up Tasting Room

 

Santa Barbara County’s Margerum Wine Company (and sister label, Barden) will be making its home at Destination Haus in Amagansett where a pop-up tasting room is operating throughout the month of July, bringing a taste of California to the East End.

Margerum Wine Company and Barden are owned by winemaker Douglas Barden Margerum who has been producing world-class wine in Santa Barbara, California since 2001. Sourcing grapes from top vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County, as well as from its 18-acre estate vineyard, Margerum crafts limited-production wines that are indicative of the region, including Burgundian varietal wines for Barden and Rhone-focused blends for Margerum Wine Company. 

The pop-up tasting room opened at Destination Haus on July 3 and offers wine aficionados the chance to taste through the range of Margerum’s offerings which include their Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc, an UBER Syrah, a Riviera Rosé (made primarily from Grenache grapes) and the flagship Rhône varietal red blend M5 which is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Counoise grapes. Also on offer will be the M5 White, blended from Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Vermentino grapes. 

From the Barden portfolio, guests can sample Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Fonte (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris), chardonnay and pinot noir all from the famed Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County.

“We’re honored to be sharing our wines with the Hamptons community this summer,” shares Margerum. “Our wines are generally only available from selected retailers and fine dining restaurants, so this will be a rare opportunity to not only sample Barden and Margerum wines inside the art-savvy Destination Haus, but to purchase them as well.”

Destination Haus is located at 249 Main Street in Amagansett.

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July 7, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Travel by Entreé Touts Margerum's New Tasting Room at the Hotel Californian

The Funk Zone has ignited Santa Barbara’s downtown life with exciting new shops, wine tasting rooms, galleries and restaurants bringing a vibrant energy and vitality to what was once a moribund neighborhood of ignored buildings.

There is no better way to explore this arrondissement of pleasures and treasures than by starting at Margerum Wine Company, a soaring, brand spanking new tasting room built by Santa Barbara’s dynamic, award-winning winemaker, Doug Margerum. The two-level Tasting Room, located opposite the entrance to the popular Hotel Californian, offers an ever-changing menu featuring rare bottlings and excellent older vintages of Margerum wines. It is a very pleasant, comfortable and refined experience, with a tasty selection of small plates, cheese & charcuterie and pizzas created by Doug to complement his distinctive wines. This is the coolest gateway to the lively Funk Zone.

The interior, styled by Doug’s talented wife, Marni, is a balanced mix of Santa Barbara Colonial and modern, best described as today’s farmhouse meets couture boutique. A handsome oak staircase with hand-forged iron railings leads upstairs to a cozy loft, ideal for flights of wine in a soaring space accented by sky-high ceilings with crimson red velvet curtains. We can’t imagine a better spot for a private lunch or dinner.

Sit indoors in the main room where a inviting bar fashioned from reclaimed and flattened oak barrel staves serves wines by the glass or upstairs on a sofa in the pretty balcony that overlooks the action. Or take a table and chair, glass in hand, outdoors on the sidewalk patio and al fresco watch the parade of people pass by. If you want a more personal and very special experience, The Margerum Wine Company offers customized Private Winemaker Tastings with Doug Margerum by appointment. A small selection of hats and other gear make this a must-stop for shoppers looking for that perfect Santa Barbara gift.

We have long admired Doug Margerum. His multi-faceted background as the Sommelier/Owner of The Wine Cask, a Wine Spectator Grand Award restaurant recipient, and as a highly respected winemaker 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 La Encantada Vineyards, Rancho Boa Vista and Happy Canyon Vineyards, all in Santa Barbara County, as well as the Santa Barbara wines of Paradise Springs Winery based in Virginia.

His company produces limited quantities of wines made from grapes grown both on their 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 varietals. The acreage is divided between limestone hillsides and alluvial flatlands along Alamo Pintado Creek. The wines are made at their state-of-the-art winery located on Industrial Way in Buellton. As owner and director of winemaking, Doug works with the top vineyards from the cool, eastern end of the valley in Happy Canyon to the western end’s cold vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills. Doug 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 Wine Company is committed to creating hand-crafted wines using only the highest quality grapes in order to make wines that are indicative of the place where they are grown. They strive to make wines naturally, to make wines that have individual characteristics and to make wines with personality. The scale of production is kept at a level where they can touch and know the wine as it is raised to the bottle – the antithesis of mass production. The standards of quality are measured by their own rigid criteria – not by external sources. They make wines they personally enjoy – some to drink young, others for long aging in cool cellars for future generations to enjoy, but mostly to share at the table with family and friends.

We can highly endorse Margerum’s Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc (selected to be served at an Obama White House State Dinner), UBER Syrah, Riviera Rosé, and the flagship Rhône Varietal M5 Red Blend and M5 White Blend. Margerum’s Amaro, a fortifed wine made from herbs, roots, barks, orange peels, barrel-aged brandy and carmelized simple syrup, is a bitter-sweet treat not to be missed.

Doug’s a legend, a great guy to talk wines or anything else with…he’s the first and last name in Santa Barbara wine, a lasting influence and force in Santa Barbara wine making and a true gentleman whose relaxed personality is a magnet for all who enjoy the best life has to offer.

The Margerum Wine Company tasting room is open daily from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday/Saturday and by appointment. MARGERUM WINE COMPANY TASTING ROOM, 19 Mason Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, 805.845.8435, tastingroom@margerumwines.com

Link to article HERE

 

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June 10, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Margerum's New Tasting Room featured in Forbes Travel Guide

Your Wine-Tasting Guide To Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

By Correspondent Lanee Lee

MAY 28, 2019

There’s a lot of wine waiting to be discovered in Santa Barbara. Home to six AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) growing more than 70 varietals of grapes, the SoCal enclave is practically bursting with vino.

When it comes to sampling the labels, the Urban Wine Trail is a great place to start, encompassing five neighborhoods and nearly 30 tasting rooms. But if you’ve only got a limited amount of time in town, zoom in on the area affectionately called the “Funk Zone.” Located downtown, walking distance from the beach and Amtrak station, this eclectic, 10-block section has the highest concentration of tasting rooms (17) on the trail — and that’s not including spots for savoring craft beer and spirits. Whether you’re craving sparkling, unusual whites or a classic pinot noir, these must-visit Funk Zone stops are sure to satisfy.

Riverbench

This is where you’ll want to linger if you prefer your sips with an effervescent twist — it’s the only tasting room on the trail to offer a flight of sparkling wines. Riverbench makes its bubbles (both white and rosé) in the méthode champenoise (or like French champagne).

Sundays are almost always packed, thanks to the addition of enticing noshing in the form of freshly shucked oysters or sushi.

Santa Barbara Wine Collective

If you’re searching for an efficient manner to taste your way through Santa Barbara, this industrial-chic space should be your first stop.

Tucked just behind Riverbench, this unusual spot offers bottles from five local wineries, including Fess Parker, Babcock, The Paring and Notary Public. Try a single varietal from each vineyard (the range of chardonnays produced in the region is impressive) or enjoy a custom flight. Either way, this spacious venue provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the diversity and span of Santa Barbara’s terroir.

Pali Wine Co.

Have a flavorful lesson in Santa Barbara’s different wine regions with a visit to this pinot-focused tasting room. Not only does the winery boast a stunning chalk mural illustrating Southern California’s AVAs, but it also produces its own vino (both reds and whites) with grapes from each area.

Melville Winery

Recently opened within the Funk Zone’s Moroccan-chic Hotel Californian, this elegant tasting room pours what it does best: a selection of pinot noirs, syrahs and chardonnays. If available, request a taste of the pinot noir sparkling rosé.

Margerum

Also debuting a brand-new tasting room near the beach at Hotel Californian, this Buellton-based (in the Santa Ynez Valley) vineyard does white wines like no other.

Make sure to sample the Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc (Barack Obama served it at the White House) and M5 White, a unique blend of five white Rhône varietals: grenache blanc, roussanne, marsanne, viognier and picpoul.

Area 5.1

For something out-of-this-world, check out this alien-themed tasting room. The kitschy venue is a kick with its X Files-approved décor (“Top Secret” menus, Martian pictures), but its traditional-tasting California wines (juicy reds and buttery chardonnays) make it an instant classic.

Kunin Wines

Crowd favorites at this playful stop include the Pape Star Blonde Rhône blend and Jurassic Park Chenin Blanc. Any of the viogniers also make for a refreshing pour.

Cutler’s Artisan Spirits

For something a little stronger, visit this Funk Zone distillery. Cutler’s makes five one-of-a-kind spirits, ranging from vodka to bourbon, and you can sample them all in the onsite shop and tasting room.

For a gift or souvenir, our pick is Cutler’s gin infused with locally sourced ingredients, like California citrus and jasmine.

Djinn

Located inside the aforementioned Hotel Californian’s main lobby, this brand-new cocktail bar serves up North African-inspired libations like the Desert Blood Moon (blood orange, lime and tequila) and Hamar NaaNaa (vodka, ginger and mint). Stop by during the full moon to play with down-tempo DJ beats, classic board games and a Tarot card reader alongside the pours. 

Where to Eat

It’s best to stay well-fed and hydrated with all that wine and walking. Luckily, there’s plenty of flavorful options all within a few blocks of your vino-tasting tour.

Among the newest Funk Zone eateries, Tyger Tyger is a delightfully delicious stop for the whole family. It’s a modern Vietnamese and Thai street-food concept (look up to see fun pink Chinese lanterns overhead) with a coffee shop and soft-serve counter.

If you need some carbs quick, head to Lucky Penny for wood-fired pizzas.

California-meets-French food more your style? Stop in at Les Marchands, where you can also try an excellent selection of European wines.

For upscale Italian with oceanfront views just beyond the Funk Zone, check out the newly opened Due Lune — the second outpost of celeb favorite Tre Lune in Montecito.

Taco and craft beer lovers will want to pay attention to a new collaboration between popular Public Market Mexican spot Corazón Cocina and local brewery Captain Fatty’s, opening in June on State Street.

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June 10, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

New York Post mentions Margerum about the Hamptons Rosé shortage!

Margerum and Barden will have a Pop Up Tasting this July in Amagansett!

Full article here:  https://nypost.com/2019/05/26/why-the-hamptons-wont-have-another-rose-drought-this-summer/

..After that rosé crisis, I started stockpiling — vowing never to be caught short again.

Last March, still scarred years later, I was in Santa Barbara at Magerum’s tasting room over-buying cases of Riviera rosé to ship home. I explained that in the Hamptons, after once being left high and dry, I was no longer taking any chances.

Much to my surprise, they told me they had read the 2014 headlines and received multiple distress calls from Hamptonites prepared to spend any amount of money to have emergency rosé shipped east....

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May 31, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

The New Margerum Tasting Room gets a nice mention in the June 2019 issue of 805 Living Magazine

Nice mention and photos of the new Margerum Tasting Room along with a couple other new delevopments on the Central Coast.

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May 16, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Noozhawk covers new Margerum Tasting Room at the Hotel Californian

Margerum Wine Company Toasts New Tasting Room in Funk Zone

By Scott Wetherby for Margerum Wine Company | May 15, 2019 | 9:50 a.m.

Doug Margerum and the Margerum Wine Company have announced the soft opening of their new tasting room at the Hotel Californian, 19 Mason St., in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone.

The tasting room offers distinctive flights and wines by the glass from their premium wines produced at state-of-the-art Buellton winery.

Leading the Margerum Wine Company team is creator and namesake, Douglas Barden Margerum, a long-time Santa Barbara resident who has been a fixture in the Santa Barbara food and wine scene for 35 years. Rani Mclean oversees the tasting room as the direct to consumer manager.
 
Entry to the tasting room is across from the entrance to the Hotel California from Mason Street. The exterior embodies a Santa Barbara Spanish colonial architecture and multi-faceted modern style.

The interior was styled by designer Marni Blau Margerum,who describes it as “where modern farmhouse meets couture boutique.”

Her eclectic design style centers on an expansive bar made of a reclaimed and flattened oak barrel staves from the winery. The bar is the focal point, anchoring the spacious interior to create a naturally defined room for wine tasting and socializing.

The oak stairs lead past the hand-forged cast-iron railings to the private tasting room that accommodates up to 32 people for a seated event or 50 for a stand-up reception or custom wine-tasting menu.

Crafty details and high ceilings are accented by crimson red velvet curtains on the mezzanine, providing a cozy lounge for wine club members and larger groups with reservations. Private lunches or dinner parties are available as well.

The outdoor patio, which provides a vantage point for lounging, wine-tasting and people-watching, can be transformed into a private space for exclusive events day or night, which can accommodate up to 24 guests for an alfresco experience.
 
The wines are produced from Margerum's estate vineyard and from purchased top Santa Barbara County growers to create hand-crafted wines indicative of the region, showcasing individual characteristics and personality of each terroir.

The scale of production is kept at a level where they can touch and know the wine as it is raised to the bottle. The standards of quality are measured by Margerum's own criteria (not external sources), and they only make wines they personally enjoy — some to drink young; others for long-aging in cool cellars for future generations to enjoy.
 
Margerum produces several different wine varietals, including: Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc; UBER Syrah (blend of Syrah grapes from Santa Barbara county vineyards); Riviera Rosé (mainly Grenache grapes); the flagship Rhône Varietal Red Blend M5 (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise grapes); M5 White (Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Vermentino); and Amaro, a fortified wine made from herbs, barks, roots, dried orange peels, barrel-aged brandy and caramelized simple syrup.

Margerum Wine Company produces about 16,000 cases a year.

Doug Margerum’s background includes being the sommelier/owner of The Wine Cask, a Wine Spectator Grand Award restaurant recipient, and as a respected winemaker sought out by a variety of wineries to assist in the formation of their brands.

He has consulted for Chêne Bleu super Rhône wines in France, and continues to consult for La Encantada Vineyards, Rancho Boa Vista and Happy Canyon Vineyards, all in Santa Barbara County, as well as the Santa Barbara wines of Paradise Springs Winery based in Virginia.

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March 14, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Margerum Estate Syrah gets a nice write up by George Yatchisin

After years of buying great grapes from others to make his wines, Doug Margerum signed a long-term lease at Honea Vineyard a couple of years ago so that he could better create his own estate wines.

Honea had long been planted to Italian varietals — mostly providing the backbone for Palmina’s production — but Margerum grafted his favorite Rhône grapes onto those vines instead. Now it’s finally time to taste the first results from this prized, hilly site on Alamo Pintado in the Los Olivos District AVA.

Based on this powerhouse 2017 Syrah, Margerum certainly chose his site wisely. Serious juice, its inky pour hints at the bright, bursting fruit of blueberry and blackberry. Yet there’s not a hint of flab on this well-structured, mouth-filling delight. You’ll want to drink it now, but hang on to a few, as it’s sure to age gorgeously. You’d want to call it an “über” syrah if Margerum didn’t already make one of those, too.

See margerumwines.com

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March 7, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Esther Mobley of the San Francisco Chronicle gives Margerum Café Red a nice mention!

Margerum Cafe Red is a blend of Cinsault and Syrah from Santa Barbara County.
Photo: Esther Mobley / The Chronicle

Link to article HERE

This week I’m in Santa Barbara County, a region whose wines impress me more each time I visit. Some of the standouts have been at Photo of Café RedMargerum Wine Company, whose owner Doug Margerum was the longtime owner of the Wine Cask restaurant. Margerum says that his restaurant background informs his (and winemaker Michael Miroballi’s) approach to winemaking: He bottles under screw cap, prices most bottles to be accessible as glass pours and keeps acidity super high.

In addition to a perilously drinkable Cinsault-Syrah blend called the Cafe Red ($32) and a deliciously herbal amaro ($50), I loved the Grenache Blanc-based Margerum M5 White ($21). White Rhone-style blends can be hard to get right in California — they frequently taste oily and fat, lacking structure. The M5 is one of the best California white Rhones I’ve tasted in a long time, with intensely floral aromas and crisp, crunchy stone fruit flavors.

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March 1, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Food and Home Magazine Profiles Doug Margerum

Excellent profile written by Leslie Westbrook for Winter 2018 -19 Food and Home Magazine

Link to Article HERE

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February 25, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

International Wine Review spotlight on Margerum and Barden

International Wine Review

Margerum: New Releases from Santa Barbara

Posted on February 20, 2019

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 recently visited Doug at the winery in Buellton and tasted his full range of current 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.

Doug Margerum is Director of Winemaking, and Michael Miroballi, who has been with the winery almost 10 years, is the winemaker.  Margerum also produces wines under the Barden and Rancho Boa Vista labels. They’re also reviewed below.  He also serves as consulting winemaker to Paradise Springs, a relatively new winery that has a sister operation in Virginia, and Happy Canyon Vineyard.

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Margerum 2017 Riviera Rosé Santa Barbara County ($21) 89+  This lovely pink salmon-colored rosé is a blend of 86% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 3% Syrah and 2% Mourvedre with added saignée of Counoise, Cinsault and Grenache.  It is ripe-tasting  and perfumed revealing hints of fresh strawberry with medium acidity and a moderately crisp finish. Only 11.3 alc.

Margerum 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Sybarite Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($21) 91 Sourced from top vineyards in Happy Canyon, the Sybarite is lightly colored and floral with herbal and citrus notes.  It reveals good extract, medium plus acidity and a persistent finish.

Margerum 2017 M5 White Los Olivos District ($21) 92  A blend of five Rhone varietals, the M5 White is a highly successful wine inspired by the excellent white wines now being made in the Rhone.  It is richly blended with Grenache Blanc serving as the base.  Highly aromatic with flavors of stone fruit and toast, it’s aged 8 months on the fine lees and offers a rich mouth feel and a persistent finish.

Margerum 2016 D Sauvignon Blanc Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara ($40) 93  The 2016 D Sauvignon Blanc is a rich wine offering aromas and flavors of green citrus, herbs, grassy notes and toast.  Fermented and aged 10 months in elongated 265 L Hermitage “Cigar” barrels—also  used by the famed Sauvignon Blanc producer Didier Dageneau in the Loire Valley. The wine is rich and full-bodied with a creamy mouth feel and noteworthy flavor intensity.

Margerum 2016 Grenache Santa Barbara County ($40) 92  This is a delicious, fruit forward  single varietal Grenache sourced from several top vineyard sites throughout Santa Barbara County.  It is light-bodied and displays a silky feminine style with rich red berry fruit, good acidity, and layers of flavor.

Margerum 2016 M5 Red Santa Barbara County ($28) 92The M5 is a lovely blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and other Rhone varieties.  Dark ruby in color, it is fruit forward and rich in dark plum fruit flavors with hints of pepper, leather and toast. Aged 10 months in oak, it is nicely concentrated and shows a soft silky finish. A delicious bistro wine.

Margerum 2016 M5 Reserve Santa Barbara County ($40) 94 The M5 Reserve is a big step up in quality and overall richness from the regular M5.  Medium dark ruby, it offers considerable complexity to what is already a lovely wine in the M5.  Aged an additional 11 months in 2000L foudres, it reveals wonderful structure and good acidity with a persistent finish. Released at the time of this review, the wine should last up to a decade.

Margerum 2017 Syrah Estate Los Olivos District ($60) 93Dark ruby purple. Rich and pure northern Rhone in character and spicy with hints of black pepper and black olive.  Long lasting on the palate, elegant full mouth feel, and firm round tannins.  A rich and delicious wine.

Margerum 2016 Uber Syrah Santa Barbara County ($40) 92  This Syrah is a blend of  four vineyards. Rich and concentrated with excellent depth of black and blue flavors, it reveals a silky mouth feel and has levels of flavor sustained through to the finish.  A rich and complex wine.

Margerum 2016 Black Oak Syrah Santa Barbara County ($50) 93  This single vineyard Syrah is sourced from old vines in the Los Alamos Valley.  Aged 20 months in new and used oak, it offers  blackberry, red berry and tea aromas and flavors and a superb mouth feel with hints of earthiness on the finish. A superb bottling.

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills

Barden

The Barden label consists of premium wines exclusively sourced from the Sta Rita Hills and made from free run juice.

Barden 2016 Fonte Sta Rita Hills 91  The 2016 Fonte is a tasty blend of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris sourced from several vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills.  It offers concentrated orchard fruit flavors, notes of toast, excellent balance and acidity with notable freshness making it easy to drink and enjoy.

Barden 2016 Chardonnay Sta Rita Hills ($48) 91 The Barden Chardonnay is a blend of three Sta Rita vineyards and several different clones. It is barrel fermented with full malolactic fermentation and battonage for 4 months.  Aged 10 months sur lie in 72% new French oak barriques, it is richly flavored with hints of oak and vanilla, tropical notes and a creamy mouth feel.

Barden 2016 Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills ($68) 92  Sourced from Sanford & Benedict and three other top quality vineyards, this Pinot Noir is rich and flavorful.  It displays dark red berry fruit and is pure tasting with layers of flavor and good concentration.  Crafted with 25% whole clusters and aged ten months on the lees, bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Rancho Boa Vista  

2017 Rancho Boa Vista Claudia’s Rose 89  Pink orange in color, this roséis pleasantly aromatic, offering aromas and flavors of  strawberry and raspberry. Barrel fermented in neutral oak for 5 weeks, it’s ripe tasting and flavorful with  medium acidity and a pleasant finish.

2017 Rancho Boa Vista Syrah Reserve Ballard Canyon ($30) 91  A blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Petit Syrah , this wine is dark ruby in color, fruit forward and lush on the palate.  Aged in American oak, it offers dark plum fruit and is soft and silky smooth on the palate with slightly firm tannins

 

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February 25, 2019 | Margerum Wine Company

Jeb Dunnuck - Santa Barbara Report: Margerum and Barden Highlights

MARGERUM 2016 M5 WHITE
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY $21 90 points

MARGERUM 2015 SAUVIGNON BLANC SYBARITE 
HAPPY CANYON $21 87 points

BARDEN FONTE 2015
STA RITA HILLS $36  89 points

MARGERUM 2015 SAUVIGNON BLANC D
HAPPY CANYON $36 89 points

MARGERUM 2015 CHARDONNAY BARDEN
STA RITA HILLS $48 94 points

2014 BARDEN FONTE
STA RITA HILLS $36 91 points

2016 RIVIERA ROSE 2015 M5
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY $21 ROSE 91

2014 UBER SYRAH 
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY  $40 91 points

MARGERUM 2014 CHARDONNAY BARDEN
STA RITA HILLS $48 92 points

MARGERUM 2015 PINOT NOIR BARDEN
STA RITA HILLS $68 89

MARGERUM 2014 SYRAH BLACK OAK VINEYARD 
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY $45 92 points

Doug Margerum’s 2016 M5 White checks in as a blend of 48% Grenache Blanc, 14% each of Roussanne and Viognier, along with 12% each of Marsanne and Vermentino. Its light- yellow color leads into impressive notes of lemon peel, honeysuckle and white flowers. Clean, balanced and textured, with bright acidity and a great finish, it's going to shine on the dinner table. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Sybarite has a touch of effervescence giving it additional lift and freshness. Crisp pineapple, citrus and tropical notes emerge from this medium-bodied, nicely textured, enjoyable and quaffable Sauvignon Blanc that's ideal for drinking in its youth. Fresher than the Sybrite, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc D (100% Sauvignon Blanc) offers more citrus, lime and hints of minerality in a refreshingly lively, balanced style.

Lime, citrus, mint, spice and green herbs emerge from the 2015 Barden Fonte which is an interesting blend of 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Blanc and 30% Pinot Gris. It has solid purity, a fresh, elegant texture, high, yet integrated acidity and a clean finish. More expensive, the 2015 Chardonnay Barden saw full malolactic fermentation and was brought up in 66% new French oak. It offers terrific notes of white peach, subtle pineapple and brioche, medium to full-bodied richness, plenty of texture and a clean, elegant style on the palate. It's a smokin’ good Chardonnay that readers should snatch up.

The 2014 Barden Fonte checks in as 39% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Blanc and the balance Pinot Gris that spent six months in a combination of demi-muids, puncheons and stainless steel. It offers a terrific bouquet of citrus, white peach, brioche, mint and lime, with plenty of building richness and depth developing with time in the glass. Textured, layered and yet still fresh and lively, it’s a terrific white to enjoy over the coming couple of years. Coming from the La Encantada and La Rinconada Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills,

the 2014 Chardonnay Barden spent 10 months, on lees, in 60% new French oak. It’s a racy, elegant, lively chardonnay that offers terrific notes of stone fruits, citrus and salty minerality. Picking up an exotic mintiness with time in the glass, drink this medium-bodied, graceful white over the coming 4-5 years.

Doug always makes a light-colored rosé and his 2016 Riviera Rosé gives up pretty, classy notes of strawberries, citrus blossom and hints of salty minerality. Clean, impeccably balanced and classically dry on the palate, it's a terrific rose that's going to shine over the coming summer months.

The 2015 Pinot Noir Barden is a forward, rounded wine that offers lots of passion fruits, strawberries and hints of sappy flowers in its medium-bodied, textured style. It has plenty of fruit, yet lacks some integrated on the palate, so I wouldn't push the aging curve.

The 2015 M5 checks in as a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault that was had each of the varieties aged separately in mostly neutral barrels. It has a lively, elegant style as well as classic notes of raspberries, crushed flowers and licorice. Medium-bodied, seamless and supple in the palate, drink this total charmer over the coming 4-5 years. Red currants, blackberries, smoked herbs and hints of violets all emerge from the 2014 Syrah Black Oak Vineyard, which is 100% Syrah that spent 20 months in 17% new French oak. Made in a reductive style and needing air to show at its best, it’s an elegant, silky, polished beauty that has no hard edges, ripe tannin and a great finish. In a similar style, with lots of juicy red, black and blue fruits, the 2014 UBER Syrah comes from equal portions of the Black Oak, Colson Canyon, Purisima and John Sebastiano Vineyards. It has plenty of classic Syrah pepperiness, medium to full-bodied richness, present tannin and a good finish. It should be at its finest from 2019-2026. Website: www.margerumwines.com

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July 26, 2018 | Margerum Wine Company

Great piece on Doug by Lauren DiSantis covering his gig with the Rhone Rangers in D.C. June 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Uncorked: Margerum Wine Company and the Rhone Rangers
Doug Margerum California Wine
California Wine Pioneer Doug Margerum is in the District this week, promoting his incredible Santa Barbara wines to D.C. chefs, educating D.C. foodies and tourists on Rhone wine varieties, and meeting with winemakers from across America to sip and savor around the table.
 
Doug is one of the five winemakers who attended the National Museum of American History’s 6th Annual Winemakers’ Dinner on Tuesday, June 19th. He has an incredible passion for food and wine, which started at the age of 14 when he visited France with his parents. Since then, he has worked in restaurants as a cook and server, began WINE CASK with his family—a wine store and restaurant from 1981 to 2007, owned and founded VITA NOVA winery with Bob Lindquist (Qupé) and Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat) from 1986 to 1998, and launched Margerum Wine Company in 2001.
 
 
Margerum Wine Company started in a tiny 240 square foot cold room in Santa Barbara, and although it has grown exponentially since then, Margerum Wine Company is still the antithesis of mass production. Margerum Wine Company uses high quality grapes in unique soil from the microclimate of their Vineyards to create impeccable wines that have individual personalities.
 
Doug showcased two of his incredible wines at the Winemakers’ Dinner this year:
 
 
 
2017 Riviera Rosé
 
This wine is crafted from Grenache and Syrah grapes sourced from select vineyards including Margerum Estate at Honea Vineyards in the Los Olivos District AVA; Curtis, Estelle, McGinley, Vie Caprice and Portico vineyards in Santa Barbara County, and Alamo Creek Vineyard in San Luis Obispo County. It’s crisp on the palate, with a touch of fruitiness mixed with tannin and verve. This is the perfect Rose for a hot summer day with some fresh seafood.
 
 
 
 
2015 Grenache
 
Their 2015 Grenache is a bright, fresh, and fruity wine, sourced from several top vineyard sites throughout Santa Barbara County. Because of the Grenache’s raspberry and rose petal aromas, this wine is perfect for after-dinner drinks with a sweet dessert.
 
 
 
We loved meeting with the incredible Santa Barbara winemaker and liked dining with the rest of the Rhone Rangers at the Smithsonian Castle. Along with being a Rhone Ranger, Doug is on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Kitchen Cabinet, an advisory board made up of leaders in food scholarship, culinary history and food-related businesses in America to help expand on the rich narratives of food and beverage.
 
 
 
 
For more information on Margerum Wine Company, including their Wine Club, Tasting Room, Upcoming Events, and their fantastic wines to buy online, go to: Margerum Wines.
 
 
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October 19, 2017 | Margerum Wine Company

Margerum Wine Company voted Best Santa Barbara Winery

We are proud to announce

that the Santa Barbara Independent annual "Best of" poll awarded the Best Santa Barbara County Winery to Margerum Wine Company. Thanks to all who voted us the top winery; it's quite an honor considering that there are over 200 wineries in the county!

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October 17, 2017 | Margerum Wine Company

LATFusa article on Margerum Wine Company

Doug Margerum has been intimately involved with food and wine in Santa Barbara for over 30 years. He started his food and wine explorations at a young age while traveling with his parents in France. His passion for food and wine was enhanced as he worked in restaurants throughout his high school and college years. Coinciding with his graduation from UCSB in 1981, his family purchased WINE CASK – which quickly expanded to include a simple bistro adjacent to wine store. In 1994, the WINE CASK became one of 74 restaurants in the world to earn the Wine Spectator Grand Award.

Along the way, he also launched the nationally recognized Santa Barbara Wine Futures Program, which put Santa Barbara on the map as a wine destination. He consulted for numerous wineries including Chêne Bleu super Rhône wines in France, Cimarone Winery, Jamie Slone Wines and continues to consult for La Encantada Vineyards, Happy Canyon Vineyards, and Cent’Anni Wines, all in Santa Barbara County, as well as the Santa Barbara wines of Paradise Springs Winery based in Virginia. He has imported some of the most sought after wines in the United States. He spent many years as a sommelier which helped him acquire a worldly palate, resulting in giving him the ability to know and make world-class wines. From 1986 to 1998, Doug owned VITA NOVA winery with Bob Lindquist (Qupé) and Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat).  Finally 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. 

Doug is also the wine maker for Happy Canyon Vineyards, La Encantada Vineyards and Paradise Springs of Santa Barbara. In addition, he is the partner and wine maker for CENT’ANNI, a winery and vineyard planted with a variety of clones of Sangiovese and located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.

[Doug Margerum, rose win]

Doug Margerum has been intimately involved with food and wine in Santa Barbara for over 30 years. He started his food and wine explorations at a young age while traveling with his parents in France. His passion for food and wine was enhanced as he worked in restaurants throughout his high school and college years. Coinciding with his graduation from UCSB in 1981, his family purchased WINE CASK – which quickly expanded to include a simple bistro adjacent to wine store. In 1994, the WINE CASK became one of 74 restaurants in the world to earn the Wine Spectator Grand Award.

Along the way, he also launched the nationally recognized Santa Barbara Wine Futures Program, which put Santa Barbara on the map as a wine destination. He consulted for numerous wineries including Chêne Bleu super Rhône wines in France, Cimarone Winery, Jamie Slone Wines and continues to consult for La Encantada Vineyards, Happy Canyon Vineyards, and Cent’Anni Wines, all in Santa Barbara County, as well as the Santa Barbara wines of Paradise Springs Winery based in Virginia. He has imported some of the most sought after wines in the United States. He spent many years as a sommelier which helped him acquire a worldly palate, resulting in giving him the ability to know and make world-class wines. From 1986 to 1998, Doug owned VITA NOVA winery with Bob Lindquist (Qupé) and Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat).  Finally 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. 

Doug is also the wine maker for Happy Canyon Vineyards, La Encantada Vineyards and Paradise Springs of Santa Barbara. In addition, he is the partner and wine maker for CENT’ANNI, a winery and vineyard planted with a variety of clones of Sangiovese and located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.

[Doug Margerum]

I recently had the pleasure of discovering their Riviera Rosé 2016.This wine is crafted from Grenache and Syrah grapes which are selected from several vineyards including Estelle and Camp 4 vineyards in Santa Barbara County and Alamo Creek Vineyard in San Luis Obispo County.

With a Crisp nose, clean and fresh, it has a definite taste of ripe strawberry and raspberry and peach fruit. The finish has an interesting touch of effervescence on the palate. 

Margerum Wine Company produces limited quantities of wines made from grapes grown both on the Estate Vineyard and grapes purchased from other top vineyards in and around Santa Barbara County. 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 blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier, and Picpoul Blanc) and RIVIERA Rose. Doug works with the top vineyards from the warm, 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.

In 2014, Margerum released BARDEN wines – an exploration of cold climate grapes grown in and around the Sta. Rita Hills. AVA. BARDEN is Doug’s middle name and its English meaning is “Lives near the boar’s den”… thusly they have adorned the label with an image of the wild boar that is pervasive in the area’s vineyards.

Margerum Wine Company is dedicated and focused on working with the top Santa Barbara County vineyards.

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September 1, 2017 | Margerum Wine Company

Jeb Dunnuck Scores for Margerum wines

 

Wine

Color

Rating

Price

Reviews

2016

Margerum M5 White

 

90

$21

 

2016

Margerum Riviera Rose

 

91

$21

 

2015

Margerum Barden Fonte

 

89

$36

 

2015

Margerum Chardonnay Barden

 

94

$48

 

2015

Margerum Sauvignon Blanc D

 

89

$36

 

2015

Margerum Sauvignon Blanc Sybarite

 

87

$21

 

2015

Margerum M5

 

91

$28

 

2015

Margerum Pinot Noir Barden

 

89

$68

 

2014

Margerum Barden Fonte

 

91

$36

 

2014

Margerum Chardonnay Barden

 

92

$48

 

2014

Margerum Syrah Black Oak Vineyard

 

92

$45

 

2014

Margerum Uber Syrah

 

91

$40

 

 

Doug Margerum’s 2016 M5 White checks in as a blend of 48% Grenache Blanc, 14% each of Roussanne and Viognier, along with 12% each of Marsanne and Vermentino. Its light- yellow color leads into impressive notes of lemon peel, honeysuckle and white flowers. Clean, balanced and textured, with bright acidity and a great finish, it's going to shine on the dinner table. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Sybarite has a touch of effervescence giving it additional lift and freshness. Crisp pineapple, citrus and tropical notes emerge from this medium-bodied, nicely textured, enjoyable and quaffable Sauvignon Blanc that's ideal for drinking in its youth. Fresher than the Sybrite, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc D (100% Sauvignon Blanc) offers more citrus, lime and hints of minerality in a refreshingly lively, balanced style.

Lime, citrus, mint, spice and green herbs emerge from the 2015 Barden Fonte which is an interesting blend of 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Blanc and 30% Pinot Gris. It has solid purity, a fresh, elegant texture, high, yet integrated acidity and a clean finish. More expensive, the 2015 Chardonnay Barden saw full malolactic fermentation and was brought up in 66% new French oak. It offers terrific notes of white peach, subtle pineapple and brioche, medium to full-bodied richness, plenty of texture and a clean, elegant style on the palate. It's a smokin’ good Chardonnay that readers should snatch up.

The 2014 Barden Fonte checks in as 39% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Blanc and the balance Pinot Gris that spent six months in a combination of demi-muids, puncheons and stainless steel. It offers a terrific bouquet of citrus, white peach, brioche, mint and lime, with plenty of building richness and depth developing with time in the glass. Textured, layered and yet still fresh and lively, it’s a terrific white to enjoy over the coming couple of years. Coming from the La Encantada and La Rinconada Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills,

the 2014 Chardonnay Barden spent 10 months, on lees, in 60% new French oak. It’s a racy, elegant, lively chardonnay that offers terrific notes of stone fruits, citrus and salty minerality. Picking up an exotic mintiness with time in the glass, drink this medium-bodied, graceful white over the coming 4-5 years.

Doug always makes a light-colored rosé and his 2016 Riviera Rosé gives up pretty, classy notes of strawberries, citrus blossom and hints of salty minerality. Clean, impeccably balanced and classically dry on the palate, it's a terrific rose that's going to shine over the coming summer months.

The 2015 Pinot Noir Barden is a forward, rounded wine that offers lots of passion fruits, strawberries and hints of sappy flowers in its medium-bodied, textured style. It has plenty of fruit, yet lacks some integrated on the palate, so I wouldn't push the aging curve.

The 2015 M5 checks in as a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault that was had each of the varieties aged separately in mostly neutral barrels. It has a lively, elegant style as well as classic notes of raspberries, crushed flowers and licorice. Medium-bodied, seamless and supple in the palate, drink this total charmer over the coming 4-5 years. Red currants, blackberries, smoked herbs and hints of violets all emerge from the 2014 Syrah Black Oak Vineyard, which is 100% Syrah that spent 20 months in 17% new French oak. Made in a reductive style and needing air to show at its best, it’s an elegant, silky, polished beauty that has no hard edges, ripe tannin and a great finish. In a similar style, with lots of juicy red, black and blue fruits, the 2014 UBER Syrah comes from equal portions of the Black Oak, Colson Canyon, Purisima and John Sebastiano Vineyards. It has plenty of classic Syrah pepperiness, medium to full-bodied richness, present tannin and a good finish. It should be at its finest from 2019-2026. Website: www.margerumwines.com 

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September 1, 2017 | Margerum Wine Company

Jeb Dunnick Notes and Scores for Margerum 2014 and 2015 wines

Full reviews HERE.

Doug Margerum’s 2016 M5 White checks in as a blend of 48% Grenache Blanc, 14% each of Roussanne and Viognier, along with 12% each of Marsanne and Vermentino. Its light- yellow color leads into impressive notes of lemon peel, honeysuckle and white flowers. Clean, balanced and textured, with bright acidity and a great finish, it's going to shine on the dinner table. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Sybarite has a touch of effervescence giving it additional lift and freshness. Crisp pineapple, citrus and tropical notes emerge from this medium-bodied, nicely textured, enjoyable and quaffable Sauvignon Blanc that's ideal for drinking in its youth. Fresher than the Sybrite, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc D (100% Sauvignon Blanc) offers more citrus, lime and hints of minerality in a refreshingly lively, balanced style.

Lime, citrus, mint, spice and green herbs emerge from the 2015 Barden Fonte which is an interesting blend of 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Blanc and 30% Pinot Gris. It has solid purity, a fresh, elegant texture, high, yet integrated acidity and a clean finish. More expensive, the 2015 Chardonnay Barden saw full malolactic fermentation and was brought up in 66% new French oak. It offers terrific notes of white peach, subtle pineapple and brioche, medium to full-bodied richness, plenty of texture and a clean, elegant style on the palate. It's a smokin’ good Chardonnay that readers should snatch up.

The 2014 Barden Fonte checks in as 39% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Blanc and the balance Pinot Gris that spent six months in a combination of demi-muids, puncheons and stainless steel. It offers a terrific bouquet of citrus, white peach, brioche, mint and lime, with plenty of building richness and depth developing with time in the glass. Textured, layered and yet still fresh and lively, it’s a terrific white to enjoy over the coming couple of years. Coming from the La Encantada and La Rinconada Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills,

the 2014 Chardonnay Barden spent 10 months, on lees, in 60% new French oak. It’s a racy, elegant, lively chardonnay that offers terrific notes of stone fruits, citrus and salty minerality. Picking up an exotic mintiness with time in the glass, drink this medium-bodied, graceful white over the coming 4-5 years.

Doug always makes a light-colored rosé and his 2016 Riviera Rosé gives up pretty, classy notes of strawberries, citrus blossom and hints of salty minerality. Clean, impeccably balanced and classically dry on the palate, it's a terrific rose that's going to shine over the coming summer months.

The 2015 Pinot Noir Barden is a forward, rounded wine that offers lots of passion fruits, strawberries and hints of sappy flowers in its medium-bodied, textured style. It has plenty of fruit, yet lacks some integrated on the palate, so I wouldn't push the aging curve.

The 2015 M5 checks in as a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault that was had each of the varieties aged separately in mostly neutral barrels. It has a lively, elegant style as well as classic notes of raspberries, crushed flowers and licorice. Medium-bodied, seamless and supple in the palate, drink this total charmer over the coming 4-5 years. Red currants, blackberries, smoked herbs and hints of violets all emerge from the 2014 Syrah Black Oak Vineyard, which is 100% Syrah that spent 20 months in 17% new French oak. Made in a reductive style and needing air to show at its best, it’s an elegant, silky, polished beauty that has no hard edges, ripe tannin and a great finish. In a similar style, with lots of juicy red, black and blue fruits, the 2014 UBER Syrah comes from equal portions of the Black Oak, Colson Canyon, Purisima and John Sebastiano Vineyards. It has plenty of classic Syrah pepperiness, medium to full-bodied richness, present tannin and a good finish. It should be at its finest from 2019-2026. Website: www.margerumwines.com

MARGERUM 2016 M5 WHITE
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY $21
WHITE 90

MARGERUM 2015 SAUVIGNON BLANC D
HAPPY CANYON $36
WHITE 89

MARGERUM 2015 CHARDONNAY BARDEN
STA RITA HILLS $48
WHITE 94

MARGERUM 2014 CHARDONNAY BARDEN
STA RITA HILLS $48
WHITE 92

MARGERUM 2015 PINOT NOIR BARDEN
STA RITA HILLS $68
RED 89

MARGERUM 2014 SYRAH BLACK OAK VINEYARD
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY $45
RED 92

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May 7, 2017 | Margerum Wine Company

Field to Vase Dinner in Sunset Magazine

Sunset Magazine covers The Field to Vase Dinner Margerum in which Margerum was a participant.

http://www.sunset.com/travel/slow-food-meets-slow-flowers-in-an-orchid-greenhouse-in-carpinteria-california

 

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February 26, 2017 | Margerum Wine Company

Santa Barbara Magazine features Doug and Marni Margerum!

View the original article by clicking HERE.

 

 

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February 26, 2017 | Margerum Wine Company

Nice Riviera Rosé review from Karen MacNeil of WINESPEED

Margerum - Riviera Rosé 2016

(Santa Barbara County, California) $21

This might be the most sophisticated rosé you drink all spring and summer. A burst of spicy, minerally coolness, Margerum’s Riviera Rosé is the merest tint of pink, like a subtle watercolor. (No cherry popsicle-color here). It’s made from grenache, syrah, counoise and cinsault—the grapes often used in southern French rosés. Unlike so many French rosés, however, there’s a vividness and energy here. If you want to put winter behind you, this is the way. (12% abv)

89 points KM

http://winespeed.com

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January 14, 2017 | Margerum Wine Company

Amaro gets 94 points from Planet Grape!

Margerum Amaro Santa Barbara California

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Margerum  Santa Barbara California USA 94
23%, 750 ml, $50
Inviting and bold with notes of root beer, cream soda, cherry cola, grated ginger, balsam, pine, fennel, red rose and bitter bark. Sweet-tart, round, intense and lively.

Buy it HERE.

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August 17, 2016 | Margerum Wine Company

SB Independent covers Margerum at White House!

Click anywhere below for link:

Santa Barbara, CA — Margerum Wine Company is proud to announce that their 2014 Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc was served at the White House State Dinner on August 2, 2016 honoring Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore. The five course dinner started with Maryland Blue Crabs, Calamansi Curd, Crisp Root Vegetables, and Spiced Crab Tuile paired with the Margerum Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc. See full menu and photo attached.

About Margerum Wine Company: 

Margerum Wine Company produces limited quantities of wines made from grapes grown both at their Margerum Estate Vineyard and grapes purchased from other top vineyards from around Santa Barbara County. The wines are 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.

About Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc: 

The word SYBARITE is derived from Sybaris, an ancient Greek city in southeastern Italy noted for the luxurious, pleasure seeking behavior of many of its inhabitants. SYBARITES are people who have a fondness for sensuous luxury.

This wine is crafted from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown on the rolling hills of the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA at McGinley Vineyard, Grassini Vineyard, Star Lane Vineyard and Happy Canyon Vineyard.

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July 19, 2016 | Margerum Wine Company

Margerum Riviera Rosé Rocks and Wine Enthusiast magazine agrees!

Summer's Best Rosés:

Margerum 2015 Riviera Rosé (Central Coast); $21, 90 points. This light-hued rosé’s crisp, lime-like notes would work well with fish.


http://www.winemag.com/2016/06/22/your-guide-to-top-2015-summer-roses/

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July 7, 2016 | Margerum Wine Company

Wine Spectator features Doug and Marni's home

By Mark Morrison  http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Doug-Margerum-Santa-Barbara-kitchen

It's a Santa Barbara Day at Doug Margerum's house—the vintner and restaurant owner's weekly ritual of working from home and tending to his business in town. Margerum and his wife, Marni Blau, rise early to walk dogs Gabi and Homer, strolling the historic Upper East neighborhood where they have lived since they married in December of 2014. Upon returning to their stately Spanish Colonial Revival home, they whip up lattes in their Breville espresso machine.

Margerum, 55, made his name in Santa Barbara with the Wine Cask, a Central Coast culinary mainstay since the mid-1970s that currently holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. He sold the restaurant and adjacent Intermezzo café in 2007, only to resurrect the business two years later as it stood on the brink of ruin. But since 2001, Margerum has focused most of his attention on his namesake winery, located in rural Buellton in the Santa Ynez Valley, 30 minutes north of his home. (In addition to the Margerum label and its subsidiary, Barden, he makes wine for Happy Canyon Vineyard and Cent'Anni Vineyards.) 

If all seems right in Margerum's world these days, his wife might have something to do with it. A native New Yorker, Blau was having drinks at Intermezzo with a friend five years ago when Margerum sat down next to her. "We started talking, had lunch the next day and have been together ever since," she says. 

Blau, an interior designer, spotted the listing for this two-story house as soon as it hit the market, and the couple made an offer the day they saw it. Designed in 1929 by architect Winsor Soule, the 3,126-square-foot home included three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a butler's pantry and maid's quarters—yet its small, dated kitchen lacked the charm and character of the rest of the place. "It felt very confined and dark," Blau says. 

A structural engineer helped them remove a wall between the kitchen and maid's room, creating one large multipurpose space. They installed new electrical wiring and plumbing and reconfigured the floor plan, leaving the original six-burner Viking stove where it was but moving the refrigerator to the adjacent wall. This way, they could build the lower cabinetry into an L shape with more counter space, providing the perfect niche for a built-in banquette. "We definitely wanted a nook there," says Margerum. The table was custom-made from the same gray-veined white Calacatta marble as the counters. 

To unify the rooms, Blau installed Saltillo tile throughout the space. Hand-forged black iron drawer pulls and antique light fixtures echo the home's Spanish architecture. Subway tile with contrasting grout adds texture and depth. A vintage Pennsylvania farm sink, which Blau found online and had reenameled, now includes a garbage disposal. 

"I didn't want it to be generic," Blau says. Instead of upper cabinets, she chose free-floating shelves made of reclaimed Douglas fir. "And this way, everything is within arm's reach." 

Ever the practical chef and winemaker, Margerum likes to have everything handy when he cooks. "The French term is mise en place," he says. "You don't want to be prepping while guests are here. If everything is all ready to go, you're not nervous about putting a meal together."

When the two are home alone, they take turns cooking or simply lay out a spread of cheeses, charcuterie and crackers. But when guests come over, Margerum says, "We'll cook together. We're really good at it."

"We've gotten better," Blau interjects. "He is much more professionally skilled, and sometimes he gets bossy—which is why we usually take turns!"

The couple have finished phase two of renovations: a game room, a pool dressing room and, of course, a wine cellar. "It holds about 1,200 bottles," says Margerum, who keeps the majority of his cellar at the winery in Buellton. 

"I'm as guilty as the people whose wine cellars I used to go to and say, ‘You can drink every bottle from now till you die and you'll never drink all this wine.' Now I have the same problem." 

Some problems are worth having.

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June 17, 2016 | Margerum Wine Company

Recent Scores from Wine Enthusiast

Margerum 2015 Riviera Rosé of Grenache (Central Coast)
Quite light in the glass but unmistakably pink, this Grenache-based rose shows ...
90 Points Central Coast $21

Margerum 2013 Grenache (Santa Barbara County)
Exotic scents and flavors highlight this bottling by Doug Margerum that packs ...
92 Points Central Coast $40 Editors’ Choice

Margerum 2013 Über Syrah (Santa Barbara County)
Heaps of crushed black pepper meet with fresh and caramelized boysenberry fruit ...
92 Points Central Coast $50

Margerum 2013 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah (Ballard Canyon)
Noticeably lighter in color and density than other Syrahs, this bottling packs ...
91 Points Central Coast $40 Editors’ Choice

Margerum 2013 Black Oak Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)
The nose on this bottling by Doug Margerum shows a strong herbal ...
91 Points Central Coast $40 Cellar Selection

Margerum 2013 Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)
From a popular vineyard in the mountains north of the Santa Maria ...
89 Points Central Coast $40

Margerum 2014 M5 Red (Santa Barbara County)
A blend of 41% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre, 4% Counoise and ...
89 Points Central Coast $28

Margerum 2014 Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)
Plush and bright passionfruit aromas waft from this bottling drawn from five ...
91 Points Central Coast $21

Margerum 2014 D Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)
A blend of fruit from the McGinley and Grassini vineyards, this wine ...
90 Points Central Coast $36

Barden 2014 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills)
There are light and airy elements of nectarine flesh and lemon blossoms ...
93 Points Central Coast $48

Barden 2014 Fonte White (Sta. Rita Hills)
Very light in the glass, this vanguard blend of 9% Chardonnay, 29% ...
92 Points Central Coast $36

Margerum 2014 Grenache Blanc (Santa Barbara County)
Very light in color, this wine has a brisk nose that shows ...
91 Points Central Coast $21

Barden 2013 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)
All manners of sultry hibiscus greet the nose on this wine from ...
93 Points Central Coast $82

Margerum 2012 M5 Reserve Red (Santa Barbara County)
Coming from 11 different vineyards, Doug Margerum's blend of 43% Grenache, 41% ...
90 Points Central Coast $38

Margerum 2013 Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)
Doug Margerum blends fruit from the McGinely, Curtin, Star Lane, Happy Canyon ...
91 Points Central Coast $21

Margerum 2013 Grenache (Santa Barbara County)
Vibrant floral aromas of violets, hibiscus and rose hips meet with strawberry ...
90 Points Central Coast $40

Margerum 2013 M5 Red (Santa Barbara County)
Juicy red berry, currant and cola aromas jump out of the glass ...
87 Points Central Coast $28

Margerum 2012 Black Oak Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County)
This wine that Doug Margerum makes from the Los Alamos Valley vineyard ...
94 Points Central Coast $36 Editors’ Choice

Margerum 2012 Über Syrah (Santa Barbara County)
This annually anticipated bottling offers a blend of Doug Margerum's top barrels ...
92 Points Central Coast $50

Barden 2012 Syrah (Santa Barbara County)
Pepper rules this cool-climate, low-alcohol take on the grape by Doug Margerum, ...
92 Points Central Coast $50 Editors’ Choice
 

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May 25, 2016 | Margerum Wine Company

A Star from Santa Barbara - San Diego Union Tribune

A star from Santa Barbara

by Michele Parente

Winemaker Doug Margerum is a towering figure in Santa Barbara. Wine lovers up and down the coast make regular pilgrimages to his iconic Wine Cask restaurant on Anacapa Street, or the adjacent Margerum Tasting Room. He is known for his expressive, elegant wines, particularly his Rhône-varietal reds. 

For years, I’ve been an unabashed fan of his Riveria Rosé of grenache (a previous Wine of the Week) and M5 blend (“Five grapes, Eleven vineyards, One wine”). So when the erudite and affable Margerum passed through San Diego recently to have lunch with some of his top wine buyers, I jumped at the chance to meet him at Top of the Market, on the waterfront.

It was one of those occasions that makes you pinch yourself that you live in San Diego — vibrantly fresh seafood, paired with impeccably made wines, with a spectacular, sun-drenched bay view as a backdrop. 

Six of Margerum’s wines were poured during the multi-course meal — that included perfectly executed blue crabcake with smoked onion remoulade, pristine ahi crudo, tender grilled Spanish octopus with saffron lemon aioli, mesquite-grilled Scottish salmon with Za’atar yogurt and crispy artichokes, heavenly tiramisu cake and sinfully decadent chocolate peanut butter bar.

From the refined Sybarite sauvignon blanc to the racy, refreshing rosé, on through the bright, fruity grenache to the dense Colson Canyon syrah, plush, blockbuster Über syrah and warming, herbaceous and caramelly Amaro digestivo, this tasting was a master class in polished wines. 

My favorite, as always, remained the M5. A spicy, earthy, plummy, perfumed Châteauneuf-du-Pape-style blend of (mostly) grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, counoise and a trace of cinsault, the M5 is Margerum’s trademark wine. With reason. 

I could have easily sipped it through all of the courses. Its youth kept it from overpowering the lighter seafood courses; its savory tannins would have made it stunning pairing with grilled meats, and its chocolately notes were a spot-on foil to the cocoa powder dusting atop the tiramisu and rich chocolate peanut butter.

As you finalize your Memorial Day barbecue menu, I’d highly recommend adding this nearly perfect wine to the list. 

And it turns out the M5 is Margerum’s favorite wine, too. I knew I liked that guy.

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May 15, 2016 | Margerum Wine Company

Vail Daily on M5

UNDER THE INFLUENCE by Kelly J. Hayes

“M5” 2013 by Margerum Wine Co. — What could be better than watching the Warriors and sipping a great California wine? This beauty from Doug Margerum is a blend of five grapes (hence the name) sourced from 11 different vineyards in Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Sta. Rita Hills and Foxen Canyon. A quintessential Rhone blend with California flair, the grenache leads with perfume on the nose and hits hard with lush, dark berry flavors on the palate. Chocolate notes are enhanced by the syrah, and there is a hint of the California dirt from the Mourvedre. Finished with counoise and cinsault, this wine features a winning starting five.

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April 22, 2016 | Margerum Wine Company

The Lowdown on Sinful Cinsault

The Lowdown on Sinful Cinsaut

By Mary Orlin, morlin@bayareanewsgroup.com
 

When I see a bottle of cinsault made by a California producer, I get excited. Why? Because there's not much of this red grape variety planted in the state. If you drink any French Côtes du Rhône red blend or rosé from Provence, there's a very good chance that cinsaut is one of the grapes. 

Cinsaut (pronounced SAN-so) -- also spelled cinsault -- is common in France's southern vineyards. Cinsaut is widely grown in South Africa too, where it was crossed with pinot noir to make pinotage. Yet the world's oldest cinsaut vineyard is in Lodi. There, 130-year-old vines thrive in a 25-acre vineyard. These ancient vines were planted in 1886 by Joseph Spenker. Today, it's owned by Spenker descendant Wanda Woock Bechthold and farmed by the Phillips family, who make a single-varietal cinsaut at their Michael David Winery.[Gnarly, scraggly, 130-year old cinsaut vines in the Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi.]


Gnarly, scraggly, 130-year old cinsaut vines in the Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi. (Courtesy of Michael David Winery)Turley Wine Cellars' Tegan Passalacqua has been making cinsaut from those Lodi grapes since 2008. He calls cinsaut a polished and lush wine, with good acid and body; he ferments whole clusters to bring out complexity. "It's a fun wine to drink," he says. "My wife and I probably drink more cinsaut than any other wine."Winemakers love to add cinsaut to blends. Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm believes cinsaut is a wonderful, if underappreciated grape. "It offers a super elegant 'top note' to wine," he says. It's "literally the cherry on top," thanks to cherry esters in the grape. 

In Santa Barbara County, Margerum Wine Company's Doug Margerum just planted 1.5 acres of cinsaut for his M5 blend. "Cinsaut adds earthiness, exoticness and a bit of that savage, old world quality," he says. "It adds earthiness to my rosé blend."

California vineyards: Dry Creek Valley, Lodi, Santa Barbara County and Sierra Foothills.Fun fact: Cinsaut is one of 13 grape varieties permitted in Southern Rhone Châteauneuf-du-Pape red blends. 

Flavor profile: The earthy, herbal and cherry aromas give way to anise, sour black cherry and a dried mint, silky finish. Low tannins make this a drinkable wine. If you like cabernet franc, try cinsaut. 

Taste it: Alapay Wines, Black Sheep Winery, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Clos Saron, Estate Crush, McCay Cellars, Michael David Winery, Onesta Wines (red and rosé), Preston of Dry Creek, The Scholium Project (rosé), Turley Wine Cellars. 

Price range: $18-$45

-- Mary Orlin, Staff

 
March 1, 2016 |

'Beg Your Barden' in the Dec/Jan SOMM Journal

Merideth May covers the Barden story in the SOMM Journal. See page 26 for the full article.

The full issue is available here.

 
March 1, 2016 |

Doug and Mitchell on the cover of Food & Home

Doug Margerum and Mitchell Sjervin grace the cover of Food & Home magazine and are interviewed by Leslie Westbrook inside. 

See the full issue here: Tales, Tributes, and All Things Grape

 
March 1, 2016 |

Margerum Wine Company Signs Long-Term Lease on Honea Vineyards

Press Release

Doug Margerum Signs Long-Term Lease on Honea Vineyards
Vineyard to be Dedicated to Rhône Varietals

Los Olivos, February 17, 2016: Margerum Wine Company has signed a long-term lease with Honea Vineyards for Margerum’s Rhône varietals wine production. The vineyard will be grafted to Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Counoise and will be the primary source for Margerum’s well know M5 red wine blend. Additionally, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, and Picpoul Blanc will be grafted for a new Margerum wine, the M5 white Rhône varietal blend. The hillside will be planted to Syrah and Viognier for a co-fermented Syrah to be added to Margerum’s single vineyard Syrah program.

Honea Vineyards is located in the newly designated Los Olivos District AVA in the Santa Ynez Valley. Purchased in 2002, Honea Vineyards consists of 40 acres at 2201Alamo Pintado Road, the major wine country road running between the wine center town of Los Olivos and the Danish town of Solvang. The acreage is divided between limestone hillsides and gravelly alluvial flatlands with three prominent hills leading up from the flat land along Alamo Pintado creek. Twenty acres have been planted in grapes and two in olive trees.

Margerum Wine Company creates handcrafted wines using only the highest quality grapes. Margerum makes wines that are indicative of the place where they are grown – wines that have individual characteristics, personality and that are made naturally. The scale of production is kept at a level where they are touched and known; wine is raised to the bottle – the antithesis of mass production. The standards of quality are measured by Margerum’s criteria – not by external sources. Margerum makes wines the founder and winemakers personally enjoy – some to drink young, all for the table, and others for long aging in cool cellars for the children to enjoy.

Margerum wines are made at a state-of-the-art winery located in the Santa Ynez Valley on Industrial Way in Buellton, California. In addition to M5 (a Rhône varietal red blend), Margerum primarily produces vineyard Syrahs, a co-fermented Syrah called ÜBER, and SYBARITE Sauvignon Blanc. Margerum works with the top vineyards in Santa Barbara County to produce small lots of premium wines.

For more information please contact Doug Margerum – doug@margerumwines.com or at 805.570.7268

 
October 12, 2015 |

Nice scores from Wine Enthusiast!

Wine Enthusiast recently rated and reviewed Margerum wines, which received the following scores:

  • 93 Barden 2014 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills $48.00
  • 92 Barden 2014 Fonte White Blend Sta. Rita Hills $36.00
  • 91 Margerum 2014 Grenache Blanc Santa Barbara County $21.00
  • 88 Margerum 2014 Riesling Santa Barbara County $21.00

 
March 2, 2015 |

Robb Report on ÜBER

Fruit from seven different vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley’s Los Olivos are blended to create this supple and spicy Rhône-style wine. Flavors of raspberry, pepper, and black olive lead to a long finish that attests to Doug Margerum’s unerring skill. Read More

 
June 5, 2014 |

Wine Enthusiast Scores are impressive!

Once again Wine Enthusiast awards Margerum wines with 90+ point scores!

93 Margerum 2011 UBER Syrah (Santa Barbara County).

This is the winery’s most expensive
Syrah, a blend of Margerum’s best vineyard
sources. It’s rich and dramatic, with ripe, strong
black currant, blackberry jam, dark chocolate, dark
chocolate and oak flavors. But it’s tannic. Give it until
2020 to come around. Cellar Selection. —S.H.
abv: 14.1% Price: $50
 
92 Margerum 2011 Black Oak Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County).

With the impenetrablydark color, you know this is a wine of huge
extract, which is exactly what it proves to be with the first taste.
It’s enormous in blueberry, black currant,
cassis liqueur, charred meat, bacon and black
pepper flavors that are so complex, they change by
the second. The tannins are hard, and need time to
sosten. Give the wine until at least 2020, and 2024
may be the sweet spot. Cellar Selection. —S.H.
abv: 14.1% Price: $36
 
91 Margerum 2011 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley).

Made from grapesgrown in one of the best vineyards in the valley,
this Syrah is a particular success, given the challenging
vintage. It’s tannic, bone dry and zesty in
acidity, with deeply extracted blackberry, black currant,
charred meat bone and black pepper flavors.
The long, rich finish suggests aging. Hold until 2017.
Cellar Selection. —S.H.
abv: 14.1% Price: $36
 
90 Margerum 2011 Colson Canyon Vineyard Syr- ah (Santa Barbara County).

A big wine, tannic and extracted in blackberry, blueberry and red
currant flavors, with notes of bacon, mocha, black
pepper and sandalwood. It shows plenty of class,
but is still too young. Give until 2017 in the cellar.
Cellar Selection. —S.H.
abv: 14.1% Price: $36

 
January 22, 2013 |

Wine Enthusiast Scores for Margerum and Happy Canyon Vineyards

Margerum Scores

92 Margerum 2011 D Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara). 
Dry and complex, this has flavors of Meyer lemon, fig, green grass, mineral, honey, wildflower, white pepper and a touch of smoky oak. The acidity is wonderful, providing a kick of lime-like tartness. Terrific now as an apéritif, and with a wide range of fare, especially modern Asian fusion. —S.H.

92 Margerum 2008 Purisima Mountain Vine­yard Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley). 
Rich and dazzling, this has a chocolate-covered cherry flavor, complexed with notes of anise, wild mushrooms, bacon and smoky sandalwood. It feels soft and velvety all the way through. Drink it now. —S.H.

Editors’ Choice—90 Margerum 2011 Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara). 
A Sauvignon Blanc for drinking now, this has a pleasing­ly tart yet creamy mouthfeel, with rich, complex flavors of tropical fruit, lemongrass, peach and vanilla that fin­ish in a swirl of peppery spice.—S.H.

90 Margerum 2008 Alondra de los Pra­dos Vineyard Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley).
There is lots of cranberry tartness in this Syrah, giving it a mouthwatering zinginess. You’ll also find rich, at­tractive flavors of raspberry and cherry jam, bacon and sandalwood flavors. It’s a good, dry selection to drink now, but give it time to breathe in a decanter or in a glass. —S.H.

90 Margerum 2008 Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County).
It’s hard to resist the charms of this delicious Syrah. It has brisk acids and tannins, yet it’s curiously soft on the palate, with rich, exotically sweet flavors of black currants, dark chocolate, bacon and plum sauce. —S.H.

Editors’ Choice—89 Margerum 2011 Chenin Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley).
Clean and crisp, this has inter­esting flavors suggestive of green apples, lemons, limes and spices. Although it’s dry, the alcohol level is modest. —S.H.

Editors’ Choice—88 Margerum 2011 Klickitat Pinot Gris (America).
Made from fruit grown in Wash­ington State but vinified in California, this is a delicious, lively white wine. It’s dry and brisk in acidity, with or­ange, lime, Asian pear, honeysuckle and white pepper flavors.. —S.H.

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Happy Canyon Scores

92 Happy Canyon Vineyard 2007 Barrack Brand Merlot (Santa Ynez Valley).
Made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown in the warm Happy Canyon region of the val­ley, this shows the greatness of the 2007 vintage. It’s ready to drink, bearing soft, gentle tannins that frame flavors of blackberry and cherry jam, chocolate, vanilla and sweet, smoky oak. —S.H.

92 Happy Canyon Vineyard 2007 Barrack Ten-Goal Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Ynez Valley).
One of the best Cabs to hail from the Happy Canyon region, this wine shows the promise of this warmer area of the valley. It’s deliriously rich and delicious, offering wave after wave of raspberry and cherry pie filling, chocolate and sweet oak flavors. The acids and tannins make it a joy to drink now. —S.H.

90 Happy Canyon Vineyard 2009 Piocho Reserve (Happy Canyon of Santa Barba­ra).
This is complex and rich in blackberry and cherry jam, dark chocolate, anise and sandalwood flavors. The acid-tannin structure is especially noteworthy, giving it a firm, elegant mouthfeel. Ready to drink now. —S.H.

87 Happy Canyon Vineyard 2010 Merlot (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara).

A blend containing the major Bordeaux varieties, this has lots of acidity and tannins, plus flavors of sweet cherries, blackberries and pepper. Drink now with robust fare, like Santa Maria barbecue. —S.H.

 
December 1, 2012 |

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Margerum Wine Company
By Josh Raynolds
I tasted through this year's set of releases with Doug Margerum's winemaker, Jason Barrette, who studied winemaking at his native Australia's prestigious Roseworthy College before beginning a long stint at Penfolds, with whom he still maintains close contact. Margerum has moved his winery into a commodious space in bustling downtown Buellton, which Barrette said "massively increased our public exposure" after bouncing around the Santa Ynez Valley for the last decade. Barrette says he is emphasizing work in small fermenters "to micro-manage individual lots and create a larger palette for blending," using extended macerations to draw out maximum flavor. In addition to the Margerum bottlings the winery also produces wines under the Buoni Anni and Happy Canyon Vineyard labels (both also reviewed in this issue), as well as wines from a vineyard that Margerum owns in Washington and a small amount of rose sourced from the Vaucluse region of France.

2011 Margerum Wine Company Sauvignon Blanc Sybarite Santa Ynez Valley
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Pungent aromas of lime zest, white flowers and mint. Spicy and pungent on the palate, with a nicely restrained sweetness to the chewy flavors of citrus pith, tarragon and licorice. The floral quality comes back on the taut, focused, very long finish.
90 Points

2011 Margerum Wine Company Sauvignon Blanc D Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
Light, bright gold. Seductively perfumed bouquet of smoke-accented citrus and orchard fruits, along with sweet butter and oak spices. Fleshy apple and tangerine flavors pick up notes of anise and candied flowers, with juicy acidity giving the wine spine. Finishes smooth, broad and dry, with resonating spice and citrus fruit nuances.
91 Points

2011 Margerum Wine Company Chenin Blanc Santa Ynez Valley
Pale straw. Expressive aromas of pear skin, nectarine, honeydew and white pepper. Supple, palate-coating orchard fruit and melon flavors pick up a bitter quality with air, along with subtle herbacity. The melon note repeats on the finish, which lingers with gentle sweetness and good persistence.
89 Points

2010 Margerum Wine Company M5 Santa Barbara County
(51% syrah, 32% grenache, 11% mourvedre, 3% counoise and 3% carignane): Bright ruby. Spicy black raspberry and blood orange aromas are complicated by suave floral and anise nuances. Broad, sappy dark berry flavors pack a serious punch, with gentle acidity and a tangy white pepper note contributing verve. A hint of bitter chocolate comes up with air and carried through a long, sappy, gently tannic finish.
90 Points

2010 Margerum Wine Company Grenache Alamo Creek Vineyard San Luis Obispo County
Vivid ruby. Raspberry and Asian spices on the nose, with a subtle floral quality adding interest. Tangy acidity underscores fresh red berry flavors and adds back-end lift and cut. This lively, intensely fruity grenache finishes with brisk redcurrant and raspberry flavors, silky tannins and very good length.
90

2008 Margerum Wine Company Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard Santa Barbara County
Inky purple. Powerful blackberry and cassis aromas are complicated by suggestions of smoked meat, licorice and violet. Deeply concentrated, spice-accented cherry and dark berry flavors stain the palate, with a licorice note emerging with air. Chewy tannins build on the long, sappy finish, where the cassis note repeats strongly.
91 Points

2008 Margerum Wine Company Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
Opaque purple. Energetic aromas and flavors of candied dark fruits, violet and star anise, with a peppery overtone. Juicy and penetrating yet silky in texture; shows an elegant quality and plenty of early appeal. Soft tannins give shape to an impressively long smoke- and spice-accented finish.
91 Points

2008 Margerum Wine Company Syrah Black Oak Vineyard Santa Barbara County
Dark ruby. Powerful, exotic scents of dark berry preserves, soy sauce, underbrush, smoky herbs and black olive. Pungent, smoky black and blue fruit and candied licorice flavors stain the palate and become spicier with air. The licorice and olive notes resonate on the long, smoky, appealingly sweet finish.
91 Points

2008 Margerum Wine Company Syrah Alondra de los Prados Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
(raised in 100% new French oak): Deep violet color. Brooding aromas of black cherry, blueberry, vanilla, minerals and cola. Juicy, penetrating and deep, with powerful flavors of spicy black and blue fruits and cherry-cola. Slow-building tannins are sweet and gently chewy, adding grip to the impressively long vanilla-and-cola finish.
92 Points

2008 Margerum Wine Company Syrah Uber Santa Barbara County
Opaque ruby. Powerful aromas of dark berry preserves, cola and violet, with an element of oak spice building with aeration. Bright, sweet and expansive, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by floral pastille and black pepper nuances. Fine-grained tannins add shape to the very long spicy, smoky finish.
92 Points

 
September 1, 2012 |

Wine Spectator

 
June 26, 2012 |

Toast the Fourth with an American Rosé

Toast the Fourth with an American Rosé

By Ellen Bhang | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JUNE 26, 2012

For rosé enthusiasts, the season for pink wine is in full swing. Wine shop shelves are full of petal-hued bottles hailing from the sunny south of France, nestled beside rosatos from Italy and rosados from Spain. With the Fourth of July around the corner, we wondered what American rosés are worth a taste.

First, a word about the kinds of rosés we have in mind. Pink does not automatically signal sweet. And rosés are not white Zinfandel, the sweet blush wine that surged to popularity in the ’80s. While aromas like red berries, watermelon, or peaches might be in these bottles, leading you to think sweet, the rosés we like are refreshingly crisp and dry. A spine of tart acidity and an undercurrent of minerality make these wines an easy match for grilled fare and picnic favorites. Served chilled, rosés are lovely and uncomplicated, painted in the colors of summer sunsets.

Rosés sport hues ranging from pale salmon pink to light ruby. When they’re made, red or black grapes are gently crushed, and the resulting clear juice is allowed to sit on the grape skins. The longer the contact, the deeper the hue. The juice is then run off and fermented without skins. The best rosés are not an afterthought of red winemaking. To make a full-bodied red, winemakers might bleed off some of the juice to increase the skin-to-juice ratio in the vat of crushed grapes. This technique is called saignée. Winemakers must take care if using bled-off juice to make rosé, since the very ripe grapes used in red winemaking may lack sufficient acidity for a refreshing rosé. In years past, American rosés were criticized for tasting like leftovers. Few of the many we tried fit that description.

Joel Quigley, director of Rosé Avengers and Producers, an organization with an international roster of winemakers promoting dry rosé, agrees that American rosés have improved as producers fine-tune production methods. “They’re getting lighter and more subtle,” he says of these pink wines. “Definitely showing more restraint and balance. We’re seeing more of the paler pink, salmon-pink colors. With that, we’re seeing higher acidity that makes them better food wines.”

We looked for pinks from across the nation, yet most are from California, which produces 90 percent of all US-made wines. We also searched for small-batch artisanal favorites from the Golden State, as well as closer to home. These were not easy to find. So the West Coast pinks here represent a point-in-time reflection of local retail availability, rather than a sampling of all American rosés.

We found a growing number of value-priced bottles of very good quality. While some were a paler hue, most were more exuberantly colored than their delicate French counterparts. But these rosés are not a winemaker’s afterthoughts. Each embodies an independent spirit that is uniquely and distinctly American.

Waterbrook Sangiovese Rosé Columbia Valley 2010 Aromas of plum and cherry, green herbs and chalky earth. Acidity and minerality support cherry fruit on the palate. A well-crafted rosé from Washington State. Around $13. At Marty’s Big Buys, 617-782-3250, Allston; Medfield Wine Shoppe, Medfield, 508-359-4097.

Frisk Prickly Grenache 2011 Sprightly notes of wild strawberry, peach, and apricot done in an off-dry (slightly sweet) style. A charming coquette of a wine made by Australians in Lodi, Calif. Around $13. At The Urban Grape, Chestnut Hill, 617-232-4831; Butcher Boy Market, North Andover, 978-688-1511.

Hendry Napa Valley Rosé 2011 Red berries, citrus, and green herbs supported by cool minerality and bright acidity. Finishes with a touch of pleasant bitterness. A Napa sophisticate. Around $17. At Giles Fine Wine, Arlington, 781-646-3500; Fifth Avenue Liquors, Framingham, 508-872-7777.

Bonny Doon “Vin Gris de Cigare” 2011 Provencal salmon pink with white peach, apricot, and wet stone aromas. Tart but soft palate with a tinge of green herbs on the finish. Gossamer-light, very sure of itself. Around $20. At Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, 617-864-7171; Colonial Spirits, Acton, 978-263-7775.

Margerum “Riviera” San Luis Obispo County 2011 Rose petals, honeysuckle, and cherry fruit aromas. Citrus, fresh-cut pineapple, and a surprising note of kumquat. Beautiful and nuanced. Around $20. At The Urban Grape; Bauer Wine and Spirits, Back Bay, 617-262-0363. 

 
December 31, 2011 |

Rhone Report Raves

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2010 Margerum Grenache Blanc Camp Four Vineyard White 89
2008 Margerum Grenache Santa Barbara County Red 91
2009 Margerum Grenache Santa Barbara County Alamo Creek Red 91
2009 Margerum M5 Red 90
2008 Margerum Syrah Alondra de los Prados Vineyard Red 93
2008 Margerum Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard Red 91
2008 Margerum Syrah Black Oak Vineyard Red 92+
2008 Margerum Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard Red 91+
2008 Margerum Syrah Uber Red 94


Margerum
Doug Margerum produces these elegant, silky wines that show distinctive, individual characters.
balance and incredibly polished tannin. These also all benefited from a decant and held up admirably over the 3 days I had the bottles open.

2010 Margerum Grenache Blanc Camp Four Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley) $24
The 2010 Margerum Grenache Blanc shows the fresh, lively side of the variety with juicy citrus, under-ripe peaches, wild herbs, and wet slate minerality on the nose. Medium-bodied and racy on the palate, with loads of lively acidity cutting through sweet fruit and a rich texture, this delicious white will be incredibly versatile on the dinner table and begs to be drunk over the coming 2-3 years. (89 pts.)

2008 Margerum Grenache Santa Barbara County (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County) $38
Subtle and suave, with loads of kirsch, spice, white pepper, dried flowers, and licorice, the 2008 Margerum Grenache Santa Barbara County is medium- bodied and seamless on the palate, with an outstanding, polished texture, notable balance, and a clean, focused finish. Almost pinot like in its texture and perfume, this should drink beautifully for 4-6 years. (91 pts.)

2009 Margerum Grenache Santa Barbara County Alamo Creek (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County) $38
More youthful and fresh, with a touch more vibrancy and edge than the ’08 Santa Barbara County, the 2009 Margerum Grenache Santa Barbara County Alamo Creek has beautiful aromatics of fresh flowers, underbrush, bing cherries, and hints of pepper on the nose. This leads to a medium-bodied, pure wine that has vibrant acidity, an energetic texture, and solid tannic structure that shows on the finish. It should be even better in a year or two, and drink well for 5-8 years, if not longer. At the moment, I like the suppleness and approachable nature of the ’08 more, but we’ll see how this evolves over the next handful of years. (91 pts.)

2009 Margerum M5 (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County) $25
A fantastic value and smelling like a top Côtes du Rhône, the 2009 Margerum M5, a blend of 47% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 14% Mourvedre, 6% Counoise, and the rest a mix of co-fermented varieties, delivers a perfumed array of spice-laced red fruits, licorice, underbrush, bouquet garni, and green peppercorns that leads into a medium to full-bodied, seamless palate that has no hard edges, beautiful freshness, and a classically styled, long finish. This fleshes out in the glass, has beautiful fruit, and an overall gulpable, delicious feel. It should be purchased by the case and consumed over the coming 4-6 years. (90 pts.)

2008 Margerum Syrah Alondra de los Prados Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley) $75
A finesse driven Syrah, the 2008 Margerum Syrah Alondra de los Prados Vineyard delivers suave and nuanced aromas of creamy blackberry, cracked
 pepper, California bay leaf, and hints of game to go with a medium to full-bodied, silky and incredibly polished palate. This has no hard edges, fantastic freshness, solid tannins, and a clean, lengthy finish; it is superb now with some air, yet drank beautifully over multiple days, and should age effortlessly for upwards of a decade. (93 pts.)

2008 Margerum Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley) $36
More dark fruited and rich, with an opaque ruby/purple color, the 2008 Margerum Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard is 100% Syrah that was aged for 20 months in 25% new French oak. Showing crunchy black fruits, smoked earth, pepper, vanilla, and spice on the nose, this solid Syrah is impressively textured and seamless on the palate, delivering pure fruit, notable balance, and a fresh, lively finish. The texture and polish here are something, yet I was craving more depth and substance on the mid-palate and finish. Nevertheless, this outstanding Syrah should age beautifully for 6-8 years. (91 pts.)

2008 Margerum Syrah Black Oak Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley) $36
Along the same lines, with hints of chocolate, roasted meats, pepper, black olive, and game, with a black fruit driven core, the 2008 Margerum Syrah Black Oak Vineyard is medium to full-bodied, beautifully polished, structured, and shows fantastic freshness and lift on the finish. As with this estate’s other releases, the polish here is truly something and this is oh so drinkable. Nevertheless, I would give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar, and then drink over the following 10-12 years. (92+ pts.)

2008 Margerum Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley) $36
Aged 20 months in French oak, the 2008 Margerum Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard is a classy, supple, and polished Syrah that delivers a smoky, mostly black fruited profile, with complexity adding notes of pepper, mineral, bright floral, and a subtle meatiness and char character emerging with air. This full-bodied, very well balanced Syrah has a seamless texture, good acidity, and beautiful purity of fruit. While certainly approachable now, I think this will be even better with a handful of years in bottle, and given the balance, it should evolve gracefully as well. (91+ pts.)

2008 Margerum Syrah Uber (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County) $50
The estate’s top Syrah and a co-fermentation of the single vineyard Syrah, the 2008 Margerum Syrah Uber, aged for 20 months in French oak, is a beautifully complete wine that yields complex, layered aromatics of black currant, blackberry, classy oak, pepper, smoke, and tobacco. This leads to a full-bodied, impeccably built Syrah that is seamless, pure, and incredibly polished and supple. Don’t let the polish and upfront presentation fool you though, as this has loads of back end tannin and structure, and holds up remarkably well to air, drinking well on the second and third day after opening. As with Doug’s other wines, this will aged gracefully for a decade or longer. (94 pts.)

 
September 20, 2010 |

Wine Spectator Values Wish List

With a rating of 87, our 2009 Sybarite was just included in Wine Spectator's list of favorite "value wines" from the California Central Coast.