Nielson by Byron Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2017
Bright, delightfully blushing Pinot Noir, this is juicy seductive stuff
The 2017 vintage of the delicious Nielson by Byron Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is a league apart from many Pinot Noirs of the same price point, offering juiciness alongside a mineral character that is typical of Santa Barbara. This lifted and pure Pinot Noir has an abundance of wild strawberry fruit, a firm bright acidity and some gamey notes. We’re smitten with this perfect partner for lamb cooked pink, duck breast and mushroom dishes.
In 1984 when Ken Brown founded Byron, his plan seemed simple : produce spectacular Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County. 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 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. This has flavours of dark berry, cherry,and floral and mineral hints. The wine spent 16 months in French Oak, 3% of which was new.