Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Sierra Madre Vineyard 2004
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Poor Byron Vineyard and Winery has really been put through the wringer these pastcouple years, in terms of ownership. Originally founded by Byron Ken Brown (now at his owneponymous label), the winery was bought in 1990 by the Robert Mondavi folks, who expandedthe vineyard plantings and built a spanking new gravity flow winery, compactly nestled into thehillside on the Santa Maria Bench. When Constellation Brands bought out the Mondavicorporation, they sold Byron to an outfit that eventually declared bankruptcy. So Byron was upfor bid again and the Kendall-Jackson family estates arm was the winner. Through it all,winemaker Jonathan Nagy and his crew have persevered, never losing their focus on making thebest wines possible.This Byron entry level Pinot Noir gives off earthy and dark fruit aromatics, includingplum, leather and clove. With flavors of damson plums, black cherry and just the right amount ofwood spice (25% new French oak), it glides over the palate as a soft and silky elixir. Its tanninsare resolved but it still has plenty of oomph on the finish. Pinot Noir like this, with this pedigreeand at this price level, doesn’t come along every day.