Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 - Station Plaza Wine
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Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
SKU: 11424

Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

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750ml
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Originally planted in 1964, Nielson is the site of Santa Barbara's first commercial vineyard, and has been Byron's estate vineyard for over 30 years. The historic, cool-climate, benchland vineyard serves as a model for Santa Barbara's viticultural experimentation and sustainable farming methods. This wine is a combination of Dijon and Heritage clones planted in sandy soils on our estate Nielson Vineyard. The site's location at the warmer, east end of the Santa Maria Valley accounts for the dark color and ripe flavor profile. This wine was 100% destemmed to accentuate its naturally rich texture and seamless tannins, then cold-soaked for three to five days to intensify the dark fruit character, color and body.
Wine Enthusiast
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Sultry cooked red plum and mulberry fruit meld with rust, mace, sarsaparilla and a touch of wood smoke on the nose of this bottling from the oldest commercial vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Smoked pork loin aromas meet with deep red fruit and the sweet tang of cherry skins on the sip.

Matt Kettmann, April 1, 2017
Wine Advocate
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Spice, wild strawberry, sappy flowers and black raspberry notes all emerge from the 2014 Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard. It comes from a site in the Santa Maria Valley AVA and the same vineyard where the Pinot Noir Monument is sourced. This medium-bodied, supple, very polished, elegant and seamless beauty has no hard edges, very fine tannin and a great finish. Destemmed and aged 16 months in 41% new French oak, it's another example of the quality coming from this cool, ocean-influenced AVA.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 30, 2016
Wine Spectator
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Exhibits a mix of smoky rhubarb and dried dark berry flavors, shaded by gravelly earth nuances. Ends up satisfying, if ordinary. Drink now. 1,984 cases made.

James Laube, 2017