For our white wines, we mainly produce Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache Rosé, and M5 White, a white Rhône blend of five grapes—Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, and Rolle. We produce some small lots of Riesling and other special projects for our wine club. Most of our white wines are made in stainless steel, with some small lots barrel fermented and aged in our cold room that we keep at 47 degrees. Very little sulfur dioxide is used during production and instead the lees and carbon dioxide from fermentation help protect the wine from oxidation.
At Margerum Wine Company, we use and emphasize long-time Burgundian sensibilities in the approach to, and in the techniques used in our Rhône varietal winemaking, including small open top fermenters, cool fermentation and low extraction. The resulting wines have elegance and an emphasis on fruit.
BARDEN is the dream to make the ultimate expression of Santa Barbara County grapes grown in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. BARDEN is Doug’s middle name and its English meaning is “Lives near the boar's den” … thusly we have adorned the label with an image of the wild boar that is pervasive in the Sta. Rita Hills. Barden white wines are barrel fermented in our 55 degree winery and battonaged for an average of 3 months. Wines are aged in mostly new French oak barrels ranging in size from 225 liters to 600 liters. Our Pinot Noir is hand sorted and a percentage (depending on the vintage) is whole cluster fermented. We do a 6-10 day cold soak, natural (wild) fermentation, and use only free-run wine. We use no SO2 during maturation on full lees in French oak barriques and bottled un-fined and unfiltered.
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