Uriel Nielson knew that good wine meant nothing if it could not be celebrated by many, so in 1964 he planted the first commercial vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Five decades later. Nielson winery owes its namesake and ensuing success to the man who planted the first seed in making this Southern California enclave famous. The company’s commitment to tradition guides their small-lot winemaking techniques, mastered over the years: hand pruning, block-by-block harvesting, and barrel fermentations are ultimately what give Nielson wine its nuanced fruit taste.

Nielson by Byron’s 2014 Pinot Noir honors its founders’ legacy. Made from three of Santa Barbara’s finest AVA’s, this light Red deserves a toast after aging 12 months in French Oak barrels. A smokiness comes into play with all of your favorite fruit flavors: notes of raspberry, cranberry, and black cherry intermingle with soft floral notes of rose petal and violet. This one-of-a-kind Pinot Noir is best enjoyed among family and friends on any occasion worth celebrating, paired with the food of your choice from caviar to cake.

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