Blend: 95% Syrah, 4% Grenache and 1% Viognier
Vintage Production: 340 cases
MJM is Dragonette’s signature, Syrah-based blend, named in honor of the team’s wives and coconspirators in this venture, Mitchi, Jen and Michelle. Syrah from cooler sites in Santa Barbara makes wines of extraordinary depth, aromatic complexity, elegance and longevity, on par with those from the great growing regions of the world.
The John Sebastiano Vineyard (Sta. Rita Hills) has steep hillsides with sandy loam soils. Buffeted daily by high winds and steeped in fog, this cool site produces wines with remarkable aromatics and flavours of spices, dark fruits, meat and earth. Stolpman in (Ballard Canyon) boasts rolling hills of clay loam, underpinned with limestone. Extreme deficit farming and older vines (some 20+ years) produce low yields of spectacularly dark, intense red fruits and meaty notes. A portion of the
fruit comes from the exclusive, steeply pitched high-density blocks which sit on thick bands of limestone. Larner (Ballard Canyon) has thin sandy soils on rolling hills. 20-year-old vines yield dark, rich, meaty Syrah fruit with blueberry fruits and game. The fruit from nearby Kimsey (Ballard Canyon) is dark with rich flavors of blueberries and blackberries seasoned with spices.