2016 M5 White
The Inspiration: In my more recent and past travels to France, the most compelling wines have been the Rhône white blends. We wanted to make a wine like this, but were without the source of quality white Rhône grapes - from the right climate and terroir - until now. In February 2016 we signed a 20-year lease with Honea Vineyards in the new Los Olivos District. When I saw this vineyard, I knew it would be the ideal spot to grow these grapes with full control of the farming. We have made Grenache Blanc for years and I knew it would be a more interesting wine with the addition of other grapes. It would take our Grenache Blanc to another level. “M5 White” is now the companion wine to our flagship M5, a red blend based on Grenache. Both wines are enhanced by multiple varietal components creating blends that develop flavor and deliver on the palate in a more seamless way.
Vineyard Regions: Los Olivos District and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
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.
Maturation: Each component was fermented separately in neutral French oak barriques and puncheons and aged on fine lees for 8 months. A small portion of the wine was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation to increase mouthfeel.
- Doug Margerum