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Byron Pinot Noir San Barbara1 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

On the nose, smoky cherry and dark berry aromas and hints of roasted coffee, licorice and dried rose. The palate is full of ripe cherry and plum flavors with good depth and a supple texture, with an undertone of smoked meat and minerals. A gentle acidity adds lift to a warm, clinging finish. New layer...

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Byron Vineyard & Winery:
In the 1980s Santa Barbara gathered fame as a cluster of serious vintners started producing Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that were praised for their character, depth and honesty. Among the group was Ken Brown who established his Byron Winery on the site of the original, historic Nielsen Vineyard. Brown’s innovative gravity-feed winemaking facility and intensive viticultural experiments helped re... Read more
In the 1980s Santa Barbara gathered fame as a cluster of serious vintners started producing Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that were praised for their character, depth and honesty. Among the group was Ken Brown who established his Byron Winery on the site of the original, historic Nielsen Vineyard. Brown’s innovative gravity-feed winemaking facility and intensive viticultural experiments helped revolutionize cold-climate grape growing in California. Today, Byron is focused on single vineyard and regional bottlings of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the best benchland sites throughout Santa Barbara County. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Byron Pinot Noir San Barbara1

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,681
3.50 5
09/04/2013

Tight on the nose with some oak showing a hint of cocoa and a sweet medicinal edge to emerging black cherry fruit that shows some bitter orange rind notes and gently floral top notes. Also a bit tight in the mouth, showing fine red cherry skin and raspberry, almost strawberry fruit in an attractively lean and well focused style. This has the feel of Pinot Noir, no baby fat, good clarity on the palate, finely grained and almost mineral tannins that transition to some gently herbal bay leaf and vanilla toned accents on the backend before fading a bit quickly on the finish. A bit understated, yet this is my style of Pinot, snappy, focused, and even though there is a vein of oak through this this still manages to be a wine of varietal character. 88pts


Member Reviews for Byron Pinot Noir San Barbara1

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,681
4.40 5
09/04/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
07/29/2013

Nice red berry fruit on the nose with sour cherry and berry notes. Hints of cedar dust and cinnamon. Suggestions of darker, blue fruit as well. Vibrant and lively on the palate with an undertone of blueberry and darker red fruit with a zing of subtle cinnamon throughout. Some acai and purple plum notes as well. A nice herbal suggestion. Nice. 88 pts. 9/29/13


External Reviews for Byron Pinot Noir San Barbara1

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
03/03/2013

Byron Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is very full and forward in the 2011 vintage. The wine has bing cherry and lavender aromatics, with some notes of green tea and cola. Very layered and pleasurable.


External Review
08/08/2013

The 2011 vintage included a very warm and dry winter and spring. These conditions led to being fruitful with small clusters and small berries with flavors of dark berry, cherry, hints of floral and mineral. This is a forward approachable wine that displ



On the nose, smoky cherry and dark berry aromas and hints of roasted coffee, licorice and dried rose. The palate is full of ripe cherry and plum flavors with good depth and a supple texture, with an undertone of smoked meat and minerals. A gentle acidity adds lift to a warm, clinging finish. New layer...

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