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Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Sierra Madre Vineyard 2009

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Wine Tasting Notes Rich aromas of ripe cherry, red plum, cedar, cinnamon stick and clove are highlighted by lovely accents of violets and rose petals. The wine displays excellent intensity of flavor, featuring hints of black cherry, plum, spice and subtle nuances of French oak. Natural acidity and smooth tannins support the silky mid palate. The wine culminates in a long, velvety finish.

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Sierra Madre Vineyard:
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

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

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04/26/2011

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

External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
12/29/2012

The 2011 vintage included a very warm and dry winter and spring. These conditions led to being fruitful with small clusters and small berries with flavors of dark berry, cherry, hints of floral and mineral. This is a forward approachable wine that displ


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
07/05/2011

Byron has been producing stellar Pinot Noirs since the late 80’s from their Nielson Vineyard located in the eastern foothills of the Santa Maria Valley. Planted in 1964 this vineyard lies just south of the famous Bien Nacido Vineyard and has mature vines with carefully selected clones of Pinot Noir. The climate here is ideal for Pinot as the cooling ocean breezes flow up through the valley and temper the very warm natural conditions. This 2009 is their most popular wine and even though the appellation is Santa Maria Valley the grapes are all sourced from the single Nielson Vineyard.


External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
11/27/2012

This is a forward, lush, approachable wine. Dominated by dark berry, rose petal, plum and smoke, yet without losing the beautiful floral/mineral notes typical of Santa Barbara.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

Winemaker Notes - The grapes were hand harvested and cold soaked prior to fermentation to enhance fruit character, color and body. During fermentation, a combination of punch-downs and pump-overs ensured maximum extraction. The wine was aged for eight months in small French oak barrels. The dominant themes are dark berries, cherries, rose petal, red plum, brown spice and smoke. This is a forward, approachable wine that displays the beautiful floral/mineral character typical of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.



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Wine Tasting Notes Rich aromas of ripe cherry, red plum, cedar, cinnamon stick and clove are highlighted by lovely accents of violets and rose petals. The wine displays excellent intensity of flavor, featuring hints of black cherry, plum, spice and subtle nuances of French oak. Natural acidity and smooth tannins support the silky mid palate. The wine culminates in a long, velvety finish.

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