Live Red Wine Blogging #8 2010 Vineyard 511 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

The current owners have owned the property since 2008. The vineyard is only 1 acre and makes under 150 cases per year. They do their crush at Jessup Cellars.

Beautiful dark fruit nose on this wine. The nose is perfumey and has chocolate notes. The palate is lovely with blackberry and tight fruit. I bet this wine had plenty of age left in it. Really excellent wine.


Live Red Wine Blogging #7 2012 Garnet Pinot Noir

The Garnet Pinot hails from Monterey County. The wine retails for $14.99.

Mocha and cherry dominate the nose for me. With a smoky note from the oak. Cherry candy and cherries on the palate with the smokey note from the nose following through.


Live Blogging Red Wine #6 2011 Consilience Syrah

Ah, a wine from our host area! And a syrah at that. Santa Barbara Syrah that is primarily Syrah with a bit of Cab Sauv, Granache, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo and Petite Sirah tossed in.

Dark bramble fruits on the nose. A little candied berry. A little vanilla from the oak. Nice bright red fruits on the palate. Much lighter than I expected in the mouth. This would be great with the lamb we had last night.


Live Red Wine Blogging #5 2012 Brecon Estate Cabernet Franc

Brecon is only 3 months old. No one has tasted this wine yet. It hails from Paso Robles. I love Cab Franc.

This wines shows flowers, particularly roses on the nose. Strawberries and some pepper round out the nose. In the mouth I get dark fruit. It’s a spicy wine on the palate. Dark and brooding. I’d like to spend some time with this wine.


Live Red Wine Blogging #4 2012 Labyrinth Pinot Noir

This is the Presqu’ile Vineyard Clone 667 Pinot Noir. Labyrinth makes roughly 2000 cases of wine per year, mostly focused on Pinot Noir. The wine comes from Santa Maria Valley.

Smokey. Great acid. Lovely red fruit, cherries, raspberries. Strawberry, and cherries on the palate. This retails for $50 and would be lovely with your Thanksgiving turkey.


Live Red Wine Blogging #3 Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon

Our first box wine of the tasting. The Bandit hails from California and comes in a 1L of 500mL box. Their box is made of 75% paper and is totally recyclable.

Soft red fruit on the nose. Sweet oak and vanilla and red fruit.


Live Red Wine Blogging #2 2011 Taken Red Wine

The Taken brand is only 5 years old and is already at 20k cases production. They make 7 wines under the Taken brand name at this time. Tag line is “great wine made by great friends.”

Taken is a blend of Cab Sauv and Merlot. Lots of pepper on the nose. Some herbal green notes. Dark bramble fruit and lots of acid on the palate. Needs a good steak.



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