Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Sierra Madre Vineyard 2004

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Thank you for visiting Sierra Madre Vineyard’s website. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to read about our historic Santa Maria Valley vineyard and the fine producers who have made wine from it over the past three decades. My wife and I were blessed with the stewardship of this celebrated gem in 2003. We continue to sell most of our fruit to the most incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay prod... Read more
Thank you for visiting Sierra Madre Vineyard’s website. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to read about our historic Santa Maria Valley vineyard and the fine producers who have made wine from it over the past three decades. My wife and I were blessed with the stewardship of this celebrated gem in 2003. We continue to sell most of our fruit to the most incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in California, and have also launched our own little wine brand that we hope you’ll enjoy as well. Sierra Madre Vineyard is the most northern and one of the westernmost vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, only 15 miles from the coast, and benefits greatly from its unique marine influence. An exceptionally cool growing season encourages slow ripening over a long period of time, allowing for the development of structure and flavor intensity. At Sierra Madre Vineyard, this situation is balanced by just enough heat units to fully ripen the clusters each vintage. Average temperatures throughout the growing season range from 65 to 75 degrees, making it similar to areas of Burgundy where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were initially conceived. Originally planted in 1971, Sierra Madre Vineyard is now home to 91.4 acres of Chardonnay, 64.22 acres of Pinot Noir, 11.97 acres of Pinot Gris and 5.8 acres of Pinot Blanc. Most of the original vines were replanted by then Byron Winemaker, Ken Brown. Because of Pinot Noir's extreme clone sensitivity, Brown was meticulous in his quest to combine each desirable rootstock and clone, to create a veritable winemaker's candy store of combinations. This allows Sierra Madre customers the opportunity to work with their preferred combination, or to use different combinations as components to complex the finished wine. Read less
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11/27/2007

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External Reviews for Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Sierra Madre Vineyard

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

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.



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