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The Santa Maria Valley is located on an unusual topographic slice of land known as a transverse range. Unlike the majority of California’s wine producing valleys, the orientation is east to west rather than north to south. As a consequence, an unprecedented amount of marine air and accompanying fog is pulled into the vineyards from the nearby Pacific Ocean. Byron's Santa Maria Pinot Noir reflects its cool upbringing with aromas of rose petals, cherries, earth, brown spice and smoke.
Byron 2006 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley is styled to highlight the vivid aromas and flavors of their 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 their 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.
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