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Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004

Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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Planted in 1964, Nielson Vineyard is the oldest commercial vineyard in Santa Barbara County. It is farmed to an average yield of less than three tons per acre. Ranked as a Climate Region I — the coolest of the five grape-growing regions on the U.C. Davis scale — Nielson Vineyard enjoys soils that are lean and well drained. These conditions are ideal for minimizing plant vigor, thereby creating low yields, small berries, and intensity of flavor in the... View More

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Byron, Santa Maria Valley, California
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... View More