IWC 91 WS 90 WE 90 Pts - According to International Wine Cellar - Bright violet color. Fresh blueberry and violet candy on the highly perfumed nose. Fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors that pick up spiciness with air. Emphatically fruity and supple in texture, finishing smooth and long, with just a hint of tannins.
According to Wine Spectator - Well done, with an elegant, complex array of red and black fruits and light oak, dried herb and cedary notes. Impressively delicate and gracefully balanced. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Counoise. Drink now through 2023.
According to Wine Enthusiast - This early peek at Margerum’s 2012 Rhône-style red wines holds the promise of future great releases from the acclaimed vintage. The wine, a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Counoise, is enormous in ripe red cherries, red currants, cola and oak flavors, and while the acidity is fine, it’s soft enough to drink now.
According to Wine Advocate - This was a solid lineup by Doug Margerum. Leading off, the Rhone inspired 2012 M5 checks in as a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise and Cinsault that spent 10 months in neutral oak. It exhibits pretty berry fruits, flowers, and sappy underbrush to go with a medium-bodied, elegant, and delicate style. An all-around pretty, delicious effort, it won’t make old bones and should be consumed over the coming 3-4 years.
Tasting Notes - Dark plum, youthful fruits come immediately to the fore, with perfumed Grenache and rose-petal floral aromas. A whirl of assorted spices further entwines with charcuterie undertones. A firm, solid offering with an impressive grip with ripe tannins. A burst of berried Grenache flavors initially impact, followed by the black olive, licorice and dark chocolate contribution of Syrah and Mourvèdre. 43% Grenache, 41% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, 4% Cinault, 3% Counoise. 14.1% ABV.