Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Austin Wine Merchant Tasting - Margerum Wine Company

Doug Margerum from the Margerum Wine Company hosted this tasting at the AWM.

Margerum SYBARITE Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Santa Ynez Valley, CA - $18.75
The wine is a blend of 21% Grassini Vineyard, 7% McGinley Vineyards (AKA Westerly Vineyard), 10% Vogelzang Vineyard, and 2% Purisima Mountain Vineyard fruit.

Aroma - tropical fruit, clean
Taste - tropical fruit, clean, dry, good acid but not super-crisp

This wine is okay, but there are crisper Sauv Blancs (my preference) for a lower price. It is produced in the smallest and newest AVA in California - Happy Canyon.

Margerum M5 2008, Santa Barbara County, CA - $22.50
This wine is a Châteauneuf-du-Pape style blend using five grape varieties from 12 of the highest quality vineyards in Santa Barbara County - 48% Syrah, 31% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 2% Counoise, and 2% Cinsault. Also included is 6% Genesis of M5 (a co-fermentation of everything but Syrah) and 1% UBER Syrah (a co-fermentation of all of the single vineyard Syrah). The name of the wine is apparently inspired by BMW.

Aroma - bright red fruit, a little smoky
Taste - red fruit, a little tobacco, moderate tannins

This wine is okay - there are bottles at around the same price that I prefer to this one.

Margerum Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2007, Santa Barbara County, CA - $37.50
This Syrah is a a blend of equal parts clone 7 and clone 877, and was aged for 20 months in barriques.

Aroma - dark, dark fruit
Taste - very dark fruit/blackberries, moderate tobacco, moderate to strong tannins, long tobacco finish

I like this wine.

Margerum ÜBER Syrah 2007, Santa Barbara County, CA - $50
This wine is a co-fermentation all of the top Santa Barbara County Syrah vineyards Margerum Wine Company works with, including Alonda de los Prados, Great Oaks Ranch, Black Oak, Vogelzang, Colson Canyon, Purisima Mountain, and Alisos.

Aroma - purple fruit
Taste - dark fruit, black tea and tobacco, soft tannins

Doug Margerum told me that this wine is made in all new wood, and that it drinks like a mature wine that is better for restaurants (softer tannins, more food-friendly).

A nice wine - would be very food-friendly.

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