Bryter Estates

Owner(s) Bryan Ignozzi, Terin Ignozzi
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Bryter Estates

Bryter ("brighter") is a family winery producing sparkling wine, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The name is the marriage of the founder's first name with her husband's first name.

Owners Bryan and Terin Ignozzi are from Chicago where they built successful careers before moving west in 2008. Terin's family was Italian, had been winemakers in Italy, and Terin became a home winemaker during childhood.

The first vintage was 2009. A tasting room is located on Sonoma Plaza and is open daily.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Bryter Estates Tre Sette Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., 110 cases, $68. “Tre Sette” means “Three Sevens” in Italian and refers to the single clone of 777 used in making this wine. Gap’s Crown Vineyard is in proximity to the Petaluma Gap. Planted in 2002 and 2005, the soils are clay loam with significant rock. 30% whole cluster fermented. Aged 14 months in 90% neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately deep red cherry color in the glass. Pleasing aromas of Bing cherry, spice and sandalwood. Mid weight plus core of spiced cherry fruit with hints of anise, mocha and red berries. Plenty of sappy fruit, yet light on its feet. Flavors are not over ripe and nicely framed by complimentary oak. Finishes with a burst of cherry goodness. Score: 91. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »

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