Mark Aselstine
 
June 5, 2013 | Mark Aselstine

Dragonette Cellars MJM

We recently featured Dragonette Cellars again in our Special Selections Wine Club.  With a tasting room in Los Olivos, we originally found Dragonette at Family Winemakers in San Diego and initially knew of them as a Pinot house.  As we've found over time, their location in the middle of the Santa Ynez Valley affords them access to some interesting Syrah as well and this is an interesting blend, largely Syrah that shows off their ability to craft denser and deeper wines.

About Dragonette: We’ve previously shipped a Dragonette Pinot Noir, which we continue to be impressed with, but any time a winery is willing to name a wine after their three significant others, we’re interested.  The MJM represent the three first initials of their wives/girlfriend.  This wine is considered their proprietory red wine blend, but in essence it’s Syrah for this vintage.  Given their location in Santa Ynez Valley, that makes sense, especially with many of the grapes for this wine coming from Ballard Canyon, California’s most recently created AVA-and one of the few largely specializing in Syrah. More than anything else, though the critics LOVE Dragonette-so we wanted to share another of their wines. From the Wine Advocate itself to the California tasting panel at Wine Spectator, scores have been consistently coming in at 90 points and above for Dragonette-meaning these wines are becoming quickly in short supply.

Tasting Notes: 93pts Stehpen Tanzer
Opaque ruby.  Black and blue fruits, incense and a touch of candied plum on the highly perfumed nose.  Lush and powerful, offering sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors and suave floral pastille andspicecake nuances.  Bright acidity gives this fleshy wine lift, spine and focus.  Closes with substantial but harmonious tannins and a jolt of exotic candied violet.

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