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The 2005 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir is styled to highlight the vivid aromas and flavors of Byron's cool-climate fruit, enhanced
by careful winemaking. The hand-sorted grapes received a cold soak for three to five days prior to fermentation to develop fruit
character, color, and body. During fermentation, a combination of punch-downs and pump-overs was used to circulate the skins
and juice, ensuring maximum extraction. The wine was transferred to small French oak barrels, where it aged for 10 months in
our temperature- and humidity-controlled barrel rooms.
The wine displays aromas of dark plum and dark cherry, accented by hints of brown sugar, brown spice, vanilla, and smoke. The
flavor profile has a core of dark cherry and dark plum with hints of clove and brown spices, backed by a smoky finish.
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...Read More About Byron
Situated near the ocean in the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley appellation runs east to west. Pacific Ocean air funnels in to cool the vineyards, allowing the grapes to evenly ripen and reach their full potential. This unique climate paired with the region's well-drained soils helps create some sought-after grapes.
Pinot Noir and...Read More About Santa Maria Valley
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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