Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley
- Pinot Noir
- Dark cherry and plum, with hints of rose petals, brown spice and smoke.
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- In 1984 when Ken Brown founded Byron, his plan seemed simple enough: produce spectacular Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County, despite many risks and challenges, he was very successful. In 2003, Jonathan Nagy assumed winemaking duties, and continus to this day. His small-lot, hands-on winemaking techniques have helped contribute to Byrons success. Intensive grape sorting, native yeast fermentations, and lot separation from harvest through winemaking with more than 170 separate batches of Pinot Noir alone have helped create wines that combine the finesse of Burgundy and the power of California. Jonathans wines are rich, elegant and full of character.
Byron Nielson Vineyards practice sustainable viticulture.
This wine displays aromas of dark cherry and plum, accented by hints of rose petals, brown spice and smoke. The flavour profile has a core of dark cherry and dark plum with hints of earth and brown spices, backed by a smooth, silky and smoky finish.
- 2011 Vintage: "a classy version, rich and gutsy,
featuring intense plum and raspberry fruit, with firm
tannins. 88 Points." James Laube, Wine Spectator,
2011 Vintage: "Light on the nose, with berry and
sour cherries, plus good spicing and a little
leafiness, the palate has good cherry drop flavours,
plenty of acids, some herbaceousness and a touch
of oak. 'Nice concentration, good balance and
length,' commented Simon Cassina of Mondial
Wine." Sommelier Wine Awards 2013, Judges
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- Food match:
Lamb or duck breast cooked pink, roasted duck
with a cherry or redcurrant sauce.
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