Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2005
Byron can always be counted on to come up with interesting, terroir-driven wines. This Pinot, clearly from a cool climate, is dry and tart in acids, with a silky texture and ripe, pleasing cherry, cola and mocha flavors, as well as a complex woodspice taste that lasts through the long finish.Add winemaker's notes
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley
Byron can always be counted on to come up with interesting, terroir-driven wines. This Pinot, clearly from a cool climate, is dry and tart in acids, with a silky texture and ripe, pleasing cherry, cola and mocha flavors, as well as a complex woodspice taste that lasts through the long finish.
Smooth, rich and concentrated, with a tasty core of plum, blackberry and wild berry shaded by toasty, smoky oak. It all comes together on the finish, where it turns complex and plush. Drink now through 2007.
Aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry rhubarb and blueberry jam are accented by spicy notes, hints of mineral and cedary oak. Fills out on the finish, with a plush, mouthcoating aftertaste and ripe tannins. Drink now through 2009.
A blend of grapes from two vineyards, including Bien Nacido, this polished Pinot shows the crushed hard spices and deep, black-cherry flavors typical of the appellation. It's still a young wine, brimming with acids and tannins, and is drinkable now, but has the stuffing for medium-term aging. It's a good value for a Santa Barbara Pinot of this quality.
Medium red. Jammy raspberry and cherry aromas offer straightforward, uncomplicated appeal. Ripe, dark fruits on the palate, with soft tannins, lowish acidity and good cling. Soft, easygoing and relatively full, with fruit and texture reminiscent of grenache.
A very pretty wine, with complex notes of root beer, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and smoke. The fruity flavors suggest well-ripened cherries and black plums. Polished and supple, with a long, spicy finish.
Smooth and supple, with appealing raspberry, sour cherry, plum and wild berry flavors that pick up a nice spicy sage, cola and cedar notes on the finish. Drink now through 2008.
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