Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
|Appellation||Santa Maria Valley|
Wine Review OnlineThis is among the best under-$20 Pinot made anywhere in the world. By “best,” I most certainly don’t mean “biggest,” but rather most delicate, integrated and pure. If I want a bigger wine, I’m perfectly capable of ordering Syrah or Cabernet. If I’m after Pinot, it is because I want a wine that won’t fight with my fish or chicken. This fits the bill perfectly, showing light-medium body, appropriately pale color, significant (but not overbearing) aroma and flavor, and a finish that is fairly long and very fresh… without any awkward sweetness or hint of cheap oak-chip tricks. Delicious, and a triumph at this price.
Wine EnthusiastSultry 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.
Wine AdvocateSpice, 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.
Wine SpectatorExhibits 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.
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