2016 M5, Rhone Blend
FIVE GRAPES ~ SEVEN VINEYARDS ~ ONE WINE
M5 is a wine that is from a thought —a blend that is an amalgamation of memories, both distant and recent, from the numerous wines we have tasted and loved.
Vineyard Regions: Santa Ynez Valley; Ballard Canyon; Santa Maria Valley; Los Alamos; Foxen Canyon.
Vintage Conditions: It was a warm, dry summer with varying heat spikes and we had veraison quite early. With no ground water near the surface the stressed vines produced intensely flavored grapes with low brix, which resulted in lower alcohol wines with concentrated fruit flavors. We want fruit just approaching ripeness with higher acid and a lower brix.
Maturation: Each varietal component was pressed after fermentation and matured for 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels and puncheons before being racked one time to blend for bottling.