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Byron Io (Red Rhone) 1999

Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Like the strong-willed nymph from Greek mythology for which the wine is named, IO is beautifully expressive and sensuous, combining Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre from two of Santa Barbara County's finest vineyards. The 1999 IO is concentrated and complex with aromas of blackberry, plum, blueberry, black pepper and spice, accented by meaty, smoky components and a subtle floral note. Well integrated and richly layered, the flavors include hints of loganberry, dried black currant and mineral. The texture is perhaps the wine's most alluring quality with a plush mid-palate richness and long, velvety finish that are framed by a firm structure and moderate tannins.

    Alcohol: 14.5% by volume

    Critical Acclaim

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    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.

    SWC35170_1999 Item# 51174