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Byron Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2011

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Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 88 points by both California Grapevine and International Wine Cellar, which wrote: Ruby-red. Smoky cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by hints of roasted coffee, licorice and dried rose. Ripe cherry and plum flavors possess good depth and a supple texture, with an undertone of smoked meat and minerals. Gentle acidity adds lift to a warm, clinging finish.

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Byron Vineyard & Winery:
In the 1980s Santa Barbara gathered fame as a cluster of serious vintners started producing Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that were praised for their character, depth and honesty. Among the group was Ken Brown who established his Byron Winery on the site of the original, historic Nielsen Vineyard. Brown’s innovative gravity-feed winemaking facility and intensive viticultural experiments helped re... Read more
In the 1980s Santa Barbara gathered fame as a cluster of serious vintners started producing Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that were praised for their character, depth and honesty. Among the group was Ken Brown who established his Byron Winery on the site of the original, historic Nielsen Vineyard. Brown’s innovative gravity-feed winemaking facility and intensive viticultural experiments helped revolutionize cold-climate grape growing in California. Today, Byron is focused on single vineyard and regional bottlings of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the best benchland sites throughout Santa Barbara County. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Byron Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,812
4.50 5
11/18/2013

Floral with raspberry and cranberry fruits on the nose along with dry, sandy soil tones and some lovely smoky herb and beet root accents. Light on the palate and rather mouth filling if not weighty with aromatic light red fruits that show fine floral and herbal accents. Gaining lovely sweet tea nuance on the backend and finishing with fine grained if slightly dry tannins this offers an attractive blend of freshness, complexity, and a texture that is light but grounded by tannins. Subtle and lovely. This really is fairly tannic in a gentle sort of way. Love the texture. 91pts


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Snooth User: torbjorn222
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0.00 5
02/05/2014

91


Snooth User: Wencis Jude Acosta
13357247,617
4.60 5
11/11/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Byron Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

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Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
02/06/2013

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



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Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 88 points by both California Grapevine and International Wine Cellar, which wrote: Ruby-red. Smoky cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by hints of roasted coffee, licorice and dried rose. Ripe cherry and plum flavors possess good depth and a supple texture, with an undertone of smoked meat and minerals. Gentle acidity adds lift to a warm, clinging finish.

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