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Stopped here because I was under the impression the Byron tasting room poured not only their wines (not interested), but also the wines of their Io label (interested); as it turns out, their website and answering machine are wrong on this account, and only the Byron lineup was available for tasting. So, despite having no interest in trying the lineup, we did anyways, hoping that we would be pleasantly surprised. On the whole, the lineup was pretty weak. I couldn’t critically taste the Pinots because my palate was obliterated by a small mushroom-filled pastry that was being offered as a snack in the tasting room, as it was loaded with garlic (seriously, how effing STUPID can a winery be??? ... also available for snacking, btw: artichokes, pepper jack cheese, and asparagus). Anyways, here’s the notes I was able to manage before the sneak-attack:

2007 Byron Chardonnay Stainless Steel Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (12/4/2010)
– tasted a single glass non-blind over 5 minutes –

Light yellow color of medium-shallow depth. Tropical Chardonnay Nose. Medium bodied on the palate; oaky; light typical Chard flavor; decent juicy acidity; medium-long finish of moderate intensity; good everyday drinker.


2009 Byron Chardonnay Santa Barbara County - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (12/4/2010)
– tasted a single glass non-blind over 5 minutes –

Light yellow color. Loads of coconutty oak on the Nose, as well as a hint of chalk. Medium-full bodied on the palate, with simple flavors of oak and banana; noticeable acidity, but not enough to prevent me from calling it a bit fat; medium length finish of medium-light intensity; alcohol not noticeable. Not as good as the ‘07 Stainless Steel chard.


2008 Byron Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (12/4/2010)
– tasted a single glass non-blind over 5 minutes –

Light golden yellow color. Nose was tight, showing just a bit of oak treatment. Somewhat fat and tight on the palate, showing mostly oak; alcohol barely noticeable; short finish of light intensity; simple wine that didn’t grab my interest.


2006 Byron Chardonnay "Wente" Clone Nielson Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (12/4/2010)
– tasted a single glass non-blind over 5 minutes –

Light tan-yellow color. Light and tight Nose was a bit toasty. Medium-full bodied on the palate, with light typical Chard. flavor; acidity was not noticeable, which made this wine come across as rather fat; loosely structured; meh.

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Tasted the following Byron Pinots, but all suffered from my garlic-coated palate. I did take notes on these, but don’t feel it would be fair to post them, given my tasting conditions:
2008 Santa Maria Pinot
2006 Julia’s Pinot
2007 Monument Pinot
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