The 2010 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir displays aromas of dark berry and cherry accented by hints of floral and mineral. The flavor profile has a core of dark berry and dark cherry with hints of earth and brown spices, backed by a smooth, silky and long finish. The wine is styled to highlight the vivid aromas and flavors of our cool-climate fruit, enhanced by careful winemaking. 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.
Winemaker`s NotesByron 2001 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley, a blend of grapes from our Nielson and Sierra Madre estates, is complex and expressive, combining the best attributes from each vineyard. Rich aromas of ripe cherry, red plum, tobacco, cedar and clove are highlighted by pleasing accents of violets and rose petals. The wine displays remarkable intensity of flavor, featuring hints of black cherry, plum, spice and a nicely integrated oak component. The richly textured mouthfeel is supported by the right touch of natural acidity and smooth tannins. The wine culminates in a long, plush finish.