Santa Barbara County winemaker Michael Lerner knows how to please the palate. For the third time in recent months, we've selected one of his creations via blind tasting.
Michael's skills are legendary, as he honed them at some of the greatest wineries in the world. His experience with Antinori's Bolgheri property in Tuscany and Guigal's northern Rh?ne property couldn't be any more impressive. And those experiences certainly prepared him to do outstanding work in Santa Barbara with Babcock and Rusack, and now with his own label, Delayed in Glass.
Michael earned his master's degree in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, as well as a geology degree from University of Colorado. His education got him jobs at these impressive institutions, but his accomplishments keep him in demand around the world.
GSM is shorthand for Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre. It is the backbone, as well as the heart and soul, of the Rhone Valley, and no name elicits accolades in this area more than Guigal, our winemaker's former employer.
Our selection is 45% Grenache and 45% Mourvedre with the remaining 10% being Syrah. This combination brings power and glory, as these grapes blend together like few others to form a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The result is the classic blend of grapey, spicy and alluring elements from the Grenache and Mourvedre, accentuated by the power of Syrah. Even just 10% of this imposing grape can make a difference in the final outcome, and the results, in this case, couldn't be more perfect.