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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Live Red Wine Blogging #1 2009 Trione Red Wine

Our first wine is the 2009 Trione Red Wine. This wine hails from the Alexander Valley and is Cab Sauv, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, and Malbec.

Nice pepper on the nose. Blackberry. Spice, red cherries. Nice mouthfeel. I’d like this with some bbq or the tri tip I had the other night.

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Live Blogging Wine #10 2013 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

Oh we just win at this table! We are finishing strong with the original purveyors of Chardonnay. Wente is the name in Chardonnay. I love them.

The nose on this wine is always beautiful. Delicate oak, tropical fruit, And cream. The palate has a fabulous mouthfeel with great structure. I get lots of pear on the palate with almost an orange peel note to go with the tropical fruit and cream. Yum.

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Live Blogging Wine #9 2013 J Pinot Gris

We are really lucking out at table 15! We picked the right table. J is a female owned and operated winery. I love their sparkling wine. I could use a glass right now.

The pinot gris is tropical and floral on the nose. I also get some pear, but the pear is more prominent on the palate for me. I also get peach, and lemon on the palate. Great acidity on this right priced for summer drinking wine!

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