Byron 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley
Item Number: 17 20 163 12
Byron has been producing stellar Pinot Noirs since the late 80ís 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 2012 is a standout for the excellent climatic conditions the vintage brought. Aged 10 months in French oak. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 93 points saying "Berry fruit leather, raspberry iced tea and dark spices weave together on the intriguing nose of this wine, which is as good if not better than similar wines from the appellation charging twice the price. Roasted figs and black cardamom rise on the palate, yet the wine remains light on its feet."