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Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria 2012

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This is a forward and approachable red that displays the beautiful floral and mineral characteristics typical of Santa Barbara Pinot Noirs.

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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

Member Reviews for Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria

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Snooth User: gntop1
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3.50 5
07/31/2014

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

Sage and pomegranate form the fragrant nose on this wine from the Santa Maria Valley’s longtime producer Byron, now owned by the Jackson Family Wines. It is still made by Jonathan Nagy, who’s been there since 2001. On the palate, sour cherry and cinnamon have a tannic backbone that will allow the wine to stand up to roasted meats as well as lighter fare.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/30/2014

There’s plenty to admire here, starting with a firm mix of red berry, gravelly earth, black licorice, herb and cedar notes. Dries out a bit on the finish. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/30/2014

Dazzling cherry Jolly Rancher notes on the nose, with bold currant and warm spice notes on the palate. Rich fruit and a velvety finish, with just enough acidity to give it vibrancy without being tart. Great with more savory dishes, especially mildly spicy ones.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/16/2015

Byron’s basic 2012 Santa Barbara is that rare bird: delicious, affordable California pinot noir. Sourced from three vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, two near Los Alamos and one in the Santa Rita Hills, it’s frisky and approachable, lasting on fresh red-fruit-skin flavor and fine tannins, light on its feet, with a hard-to-resist juiciness reminiscent of cru Beaujolais. Buy a case and watch it disappear.



This is a forward and approachable red that displays the beautiful floral and mineral characteristics typical of Santa Barbara Pinot Noirs.

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