Byington Winery

Owner(s) Los Altos Vineyards
Web site www.byington.com
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Byington Winery

Bill Byington found Byington Steel Treating in 1950, now the largest business of its kind in northern California. In 1958, Bill and his wife Mary purchased 95 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains with the intent of using it as a family retreat. In the early 1970s, a winemaker approached the family, wanting to lease part of their land for vineyards. Bill had been a wine collector and this implanted the seed for him to pursue viticulture. He planted 9 acres of Pinot Noir and Byington Vineyard & Winery was established with its inaugural release in 1987.

In 2013, Los Altos Vineyards bought Byington and updated the grounds and facilities. Beside estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Byington sourced other grape varieties from California winegrowing regions. In 2014, Los Altos Vineyards bought a 240-acre ranch in Alexander Valley in the Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA. The ranch has 36 planted acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay.

The stately winery is an ideal site for corporate and private events. The stunning 95-acre property has a 18,000-square-foot villa that houses winemaking facilities, tasting room, event facilities, and a man-made wine cave sits 40 feet beneath the Byington Estate Vineyard and is perfect for dinner parties. The winery tasting room is open daily from 11:00 to 5:00. Private tours and tastings are available for groups by appointment. There are extensive picnic facilities on the grounds.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Byington Wrights Station Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

14.5% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.52, $30. Harvest Brix 24.5ยบ. Aged in 30% new French oak and 70% neutral oak. · Moderately light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon curd, yellow apple, and nutty oak come to the fore over time in the glass. The displays an intricate marriage of fruit and oak, with flavors of lemon and yellow peach combined with blonde caramel and toasty brioche. Beautifully balanced with a dancing cut of acidity fueling the refreshing finish. Score: 90. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Byington Byington Estate Block 4 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.56, 165 cases, $45. Reserved from the rest of the Estate Vineyard due to its distinct character and westward location that faces the Pacific Ocean. Aged 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 35% new French oak plus 5% Hungarian oak and 60% neutral American and French oak blends. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. This is a cherry-themed, forward-drinking wine that is quite palate pleasing. Bright cherry aromas lead to an impressive attack of black cherry fruit flavors that persist through a cherry-charged finish. A wine with exemplary Pinot essence, a satiny texture and seamless character. Score: 90. Reviewed January 17, 2016 ARTICLE »