2016 Pendulum Red Blend | Baker & Brain | Winestyr
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2016 Pendulum Red Blend

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Appellation: Monterey County AVA

By: Baker & Brain

In: San Luis Obispo, CA

750mL / 14.5% ABV

Winestyr Review

This is another tremendous red blend from Baker & Brain. Bold, spicy, red fruit flavors explode from the glass and lead to a wonderfully expressive California expression of the great wines of the Southern Rhone. Dried herbs, black cherries, and tobacco notes and a soft, pervasive mouthfeel make this wine exceptionally pleasing. Great on its own, this wine would also pair very well with a plethora of dishes.

What We Love

  • Singular and expressive
  • Critically acclaimed

The Pendulum Red is consistently a Winestyr team favorite and for good reason - it over delivers in every regard.


We were referred to Baker & Brain by a customer in Chicago who insisted they would be a perfect addition to the Winestyr portfolio. After speaking with Melanie Brain and tasting their wines, it was clear why. Not only is the quality of product very much present in their offerings, Melanie and the others behind their production are the type of people you want to know. Down to earth and passionate about what they do, and how they do it, I could easily see myself completely losing track of time during a relaxed sampling of their outstanding wines accompanied by easy conversation.


Baker & Brain is a perfect example of the type of producer we had in mind when we started Winestyr. Conceived over a campfire and a flask of whiskey, this winery led by Josh Baker and Matt Brain is proud of their passionate commitment to what they call "maximum attention - minimum intervention." Due to their small production, each wine receives the utmost care in its creation, all while the winemakers apply minimal processing of the grapes so as to allow nature to run its course in producing amazing wines. In addition to producing outstanding, passion filled craft wines, Baker & Brain is also proud to boast that they are produced at a winery where 100% of all waste is recycled and all the power comes from the sun!

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Customer Reviews

  • Verified Purchase

    excellent would order again