2014 Byron ‘John Sebastiano’ Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, California
Tastes Like: Cherry, Smoke, Cedar, Dried Herbs
First founded in 1984 in Santa Barbara, Byron has long been known as one of California’s benchmark Pinot Noir producers. Their site-specific bottlings have helped to redefine our expectations of what quality Pinot should be, and their lineage of highly rated wines have become collector’s items. Together with the people responsible for Opus One, they designed a gravity-flow winery that allows the purity of their fruit to shine through in their nuanced, polished bottlings.
Only 349 cases were made of this stunning Pinot, which isn’t too surprising because land in the Sebastiano vineyard is hard to come by. Byron typically allocates this exclusive wine to their mailing list members, so it’s a rare luxury to be able to get your hands on a bottle. At under $30, this is a deal you simply can’t afford to miss!
“There’s a great deal of sagebrush on the nose of this bottling from a vineyard in the eastern Sta. Rita Hills, along with red cherry, pencil lead and sandalwood. Dark cherry and cranberry flavors power the palate, the fruit wrapped in hickory smoke. Thyme flavors carry into the tannic finish.“
– 94 Points, Wine Enthusiast