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Date Printed: 3/30/2015
Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2003
Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2003
(search item no. 87809)

PRICE ON 3/30/2015: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Byron 2003 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from three of the finest Pinot Noir vineyards in the appellation – Sierra Madre, Nielson and Bien Nacido. The wine is complex and expressive, combining the best attributes from each vineyard.

Rich aromas of dark cherry, black plum, cinnamon stick and clove are highlighted by accents of violets and rose petals. The wine displays intense flavors, featuring hints of black cherry, plum, spice and a nicely integrated oak component. The silky mid-palate and lush tannins culminate in a long, dark cherry finish.

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About Byron:

Byron was founded in 1984 by winemaker Ken Brown. With years of experience as a winemaker in Santa Barbara County, Ken recognized the Santa Maria Valley's potential for great wines in the Burgundian style, and was the first winemaker to introduce Rhone-style grape varieties to the area. The first crush at Byron Vineyard & Winery produced 7,600 cases, and Byron soon gained national recognition for high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

In 1990, the Robert Mondavi family purchased Byron, and Ken Brown became Winemaker and General Manager. He and Tim Mondavi, Robert's son, set about designing the new Byron Winery as an expression of their shared belief in natural farming, experimental viticulture and gentle grape handling. They wanted to eliminate pumping, which shears grape stems, skin and seeds, allows tannins and other harsh elements into the juice and can make wine bitter.

With the aid of noted architect R. Scott Johnson, who designed the Opus One winery in Napa Valley and San Francisco's Transamerica building, Ken designed a multi-level winery that replaces pumping with gravity flow, resulting in more complex, dynamic wines. Byron's vineyards were also expanded and replanted as Ken Brown experimented with trellising systems, new rootstocks and clones, row orientation, and planting density in his quest for the perfect grape.