Wine Wednesday: Byron Santa Maria Pinot Noir 2012 ($30)

2012 Byron Pinot Noir -

This Week In Red Wine: Byron Pinot Noir 2012 ($30)

“Berry fruit leather, raspberry iced tea and dark spices weave together on the intriguing nose of this wine. Roasted figs and black cardamom rise on the palate, yet the wine remains light on its feet.”  – Wine Enthusiast


Wine Ratings & Awards:

THEGRAPE Certified Gold Medal – 2014

Robert Parker – 91 Points – 2014

Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points – 2014


Wine Review

Byron Vineyards sits on the edge of California Wine Country’s Santa Maria Valley wine region and Santa Barbara County. It’s a truly gorgeous place that is heavenly in more ways than one. Byron was founded in 1984 by winemaker Ken Brown. Ken saw the potential of the wine region and aimed to produce wines with a ‘Burgundian’ flare. Ken was also the first to introduce Rhône-style grape varieties to the area. And it didn’t take long before Byron gained recognition for producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Byron is one of California’s most adored wine estates. Perfectly positioned on “the bench”, which is a geographical term meaning the shoulder of a mountain, the part of a hillside that begins its vertical rise up the mountain. It is the bench that contributes to the style, texture, aromatics, flavors and intensity of their wines.

The highly acclaimed, 2012 Byron, Santa Maria Valley, Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of dark berry and cherry, accented by floral and mineral notes. The flavor profile has a core of dark berry and dark cherry with echoes of earth and brown spices, backed by a silky smooth finish. The wine is styled to highlight the innate aromas and flavors of the cool-climate fruit, enhanced by careful winemaking. Robert Parker, of Wine Advocate, described the wine as, “Kicking off the Pinot Noirs and coming all from sandy soils, the 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley is another rocking value from this estate. Exhibiting classy cassis, toasted bread, creamy licorice and loads of spice, this medium to full-bodied, concentrated and ripe Pinot Noir has solid mid-palate depth and a great texture. Spending 15 months in 20% new French oak, enjoy it over the coming 3-4 years. ”

Looking for an affordable paradisiacal Pinot Noir? This is a pretty good one! Enjoy now or savor next year. And if you’re in the mood for something good, consider pairing this wine with one of the following meaty dishes: a fennel-garlic pork roast, TheGrape’s cheesy potato sausage casserole, or a hearty beef stew. And for our vegetarians we recommend the vegan enchiladas, they are delish!


Wine Region: Santa Maria Valley, California

Wine Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

Style: Medium-bodied, Fruity, Complex & Silky

Drinks Like:  Belle Gos Pinot Noir 2012 ($45), Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir 2012 (55)


Food & Wine Pairings: Cheesy Potato Sausage Casserole – Click to View Recipe

Cheesy Potato & Sausage Casserole With Wine - THEGRAPE

Also try the following recipes: Vegan EnchiladasHearty Beef Stew & Fennel-Garlic Pork Roast.


We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the food and wine recipe & pinot noir wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!

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Grape Certified Gold

A wine that tastes like it is $50 but is only $30! Not too sweet and not too bitter, the 2012 Byron Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir is just right. Not to mention it’s even better with food. Hence why we recommend pairing it with the following recipes listed below. Swirl, sniff and savor a glass of blackberry, raspberry, cherry, and violet, with noticeable soft traces of earth, cassis, and pepper. It offers silky tannins that gently grip the tongue and palate. This Grape Certified Gold wine will pleasure till the very last sip.

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