Nielson Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
- California, USA
- Nielson Vineyards
- Pinot Noir
From Santa Barbera County, this is a delicious 100% Pinot Noir that spends ten months in oak. An excellent, agricultural, red berry and black cherry nose with a lovely palate of soft, juicy Pinot fruit.
Approachable with a floral and mineral character typical of Santa Barbara. Classically varietal with wild strawberry fruit, subtle gamey-ness and cracked black pepper.
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Lamb or duck breast cooked pink, roasted duck with a cherry or redcurrant sauce.
In 1984 when Ken Brown founded Byron, his plan was simple: produce spectacular Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County. Over the years Byron’s site-specific wines (deeply rooted in the vineyards of Santa Barbara County’s two defining appellations of Santa Maria Valley and Sta. Rita Hills), have won numerous accolades and helped Brown realise his dream.
In 2003, Jonathan Nagy assumed winemaking duties. His small-lot, hands-on winemaking techniques have helped contribute to Byron’s success. Intensive grape sorting, native yeast fermentations, and lot separation from harvest through to winemaking - with more than 170 separate batches of Pinot Noir alone - have helped create wines that combine the finesse of Burgundy and the power of California.