Posts Tagged Byron

2014 Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Bright in the glass, with a translucent red plum color that lightens to a pink coral shade at the rim. Varietal aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry pick up a scorched earth note that settles into black licorice. With time, notes of... Read more

2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby hue. Concentrated black cherry and plum fruit aromas commingle with a rich earthiness, smoke, high-toned herbs, and vanilla. With additional aeration, more delicate red fruit aromas emerge. This red is still a youngster,... Read more

2012 Byron Chardonnay, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Brilliant deep straw color. Scents of smoke, toast, butter, and vanilla cloak the ample sweet citrus, apple, and pear fruit. A mouth-filling wine, the buttered fruit coats the palate. It is perfectly structured, showing trademark minerality. This... Read more

2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Pure Californian, this wine is all about fruit forwardness and concentration, sans the earthiness associated with Burgundian Pinot Noir. It has a deep, fruit-laden nose of concentrated strawberry and cherry, along with shadings of vanilla and baking... Read more

2012 Byron Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

This nicely balanced wine showcases tiers of flavors, including vanilla, butter, not-quite-ripe pineapple, poached apple and baking spices. Its finish echoes the butter and spiced fruit impressions, a nod to the nine months that the wine spent in... Read more

Rulings from the Bench(land), Part 2

By Glen Frederiksen After nearly a month spent in the cool mists of California’s Central Coast, escaping the summer heat and monsoonal downpours of Las Vegas, it was a bittersweet ride to Byron Winery on the southern tip on the Santa Maria... Read more

2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

Translucent crimson/coral color. The forward nose shows aromas of prickly raspberry and strawberry fruit, with a light cola note. On the palate, the flavors flatten out while picking up some earthy notes towards the finish. This is a red to enjoy... Read more

2011 Byron Pinot Noir, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Nearly opaque crimson with violet glints. Scents of white pepper, black tea, and clove frame flowery dark berry and cherry fruit. The wine fleshes out in the mouth as the fruit carries through to the finish. Enjoyable now, it has the structure to... Read more

2010 Byron ‘Monument’ Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

This reserve bottling is fashioned from the best barrels of the vintage to produce a wine of layered complexity and ageworthiness. In the glass, it has a dark ruby hue. Fresh scents of dark flowers (dried rose petals?), a lively wet stone... Read more

August 29: Cambria and Byron Bring Back Great Memories

By Glen Frederiksen It was serendipity that brought me to the Santa Maria benchlands and the Cambria and Byron wineries. Some last-minute emails added them to my itinerary on the day before wrapping up our month in California’s Central Coast... Read more