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.