2015 MJM, Santa Ynez Valley
Our signature Syrah, this wine is a selection of our favorite barrels of Syrah, blended with small amounts of Grenache and Viognier, and then given extended barrel aging as dictated by the vintage character of the wine. In 2015 this wine was selected from multiple blocks at three great vineyards: Stolpman (45%), John Sebastiano (38%) and Kimsey (17%). After selection and blending, the wine was put back to barrel and ultimately aged 27 months in oak barrels (25% new). A product of the ultra-low-yielding, highly concentrated 2015 vintage, the 2015 MJM is clearly a wine for the cellar. Drinkable now with a good decanting, the wine is large scaled and intense, with big black and blue fruit flavors, notes of game and spice, the wine features a full-bodied frame with tremendous structure and length. This wine will easily age for 15-20 years. The 2014 and 2013 MJMs were 95-point wines (Dunnuck and Wine Enthusiast, respectively) and we expect similar acclaim with the 2015. The smaller vintage meant that it is extremely limited. Only 330 cases were produced, most of which was just shipped to the wine club.