Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2006
Tasting Notes: The wine displays aromas of dark plum and dark cherry, accented by hints of brown sugar, brown spice, vanilla, and smoke. The flavor profile has a core of dark cherry and dark plum with hints of clove and brown spices, backed by a smoky finish. Winemaker Notes: Byron 2006 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley is styled to highlight the vivid aromas and flavors of our cool-climate fruit, enhanced by careful winemaking. The hand-sorted grapes received a cold soak for three to five days prior to fermentation to develop fruit character, color, and body. During fermentation, a combination of punch-downs and pump-overs was used to circulate the skins and juice, ensuring maximum extraction. The wine was transferred to small French oak barrels, where it aged for 10 months in our temperature-and humidity-controlled barrel rooms. Vintage Character: The 2006 vintage was a typical year in the Santa Maria Valley. Bud break began toward the end of February, which is normal for the valley. Early spring was wet, and late spring was very sunny, dry, and mild. These conditions led to good vine growth and a good set. The dry conditions in late spring encouraged small berries, even though the cluster weights were above average. Harvest conditions were moderate to cool. The cool temperatures encouraged flavor development without dramatic increases in sugar. The resulting wines are complex with good depth and color. Technical Information: Varietal Component: 100% Pinot Noir Appellation: Santa Maria Valley Aging: 11 months; 100% French oak, 30% new Alcohol: 14.1%
This is one of my favorites. Luscious and velvety on the tongue, great legs, full mouth feel. For the price, this is one of the greatest deals out there. Well worth a taste!
This is one of my favs! Full mouth, luscious and velvety! Great legs and easy to drink! This is a great wine for the price. Well worth a taste!
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