16 months in a mix of American and French oak gives this wine a soft, plum and black cherry appeal with some dried herb character, but none of the rustic notes often associated with mountain Cab. Drink it now for the sheer pleasure of its fruit or lay it down for 5 to 7 years while it gains nuance and complexity.
Founded in 1989 by Bill Byington, a wine collector and business entrepreneur, the 95-acre Byington estate lies at an elevation of 2000 feet overlooking several acres of vineyards, forest and the spectacular Monterey Bay. The winery specializes in the creation of Chardonnay and red Bordeaux-style wines. Wines are distinguished by complexity as they transition into subtlety. The heirarchy of importance is mouth-feel first and aroma second.