2008 Sierra Madre Pinot Noir

Sierra Madre Vineyard is the most northern and one of the westernmost vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley. Only 15 miles from the coast, Sierra Madre Vineyard benefi ts greatly from its unique marine influence. An exceptionally cool growing season encourages slow ripening over a long period of time, allowing for the development of structure and flavor intensity. At Sierra Madre Vineyard, this situation is balanced by just enough heat units to fully ripen the clusters each vintage.

The light-textured, well-drained, sandy-loam soils nourish the low-yielding vines to set clusters with small berries, intense with flavor, color and concentration. The unique coastal climate slows ripening allowing for extended ‘hang-time’
to deliver vibrant fruit character, while retaining crisp, fresh acidity in the resulting wines. Originally planted in 1971, Sierra Madre Vineyard is now home to 91.4 acres of Chardonnay and 64.22 acres of Pinot Noir, Most of the original vines were replanted by then Byron Winemaker, Ken Brown. Because of Pinot Noir’s extreme clone sensitivity, Brown was meticulous in his quest to combine each desirable rootstock and clone, to create a veritable winemaker’s candy store of combinations. This allows Sierra Madre customers the opportunity to work with their preferred combination, or to use different combinations as components to complete the finished wine.

TASTING NOTES:

Dark red color. Initial aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry, blueberry and cloves are evident upon fi rst scent. With time and aeration, notes of lemon, black pepper, anise and blackberry shape this dense and complex Pinot Noir. Silky,luscious tannins are tamed by abundant acidity, ending this hedonistic wine with a delicate, lingering finish. Drink now through 2016.