(1996 Vintage) Byron Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley is an exceptionally well balanced wine, displaying ripe, vibrant flavors and remarkable silkiness. Aromas of white peach and pear are complemented by a backdrop of French oak with hints of honey and butter. Appealing and approachable, the wine has a flowing, silky texture that carries through to its long, rich finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesOn the quiet side in its aromas, but decently focused on sweet pears and apples with an enriching oak-driven overlay, this ripe and balanced effort comes through in much the same fashion in its somewhat mild but clean, decently varietal flavors. It shortens a touch in the finish and will show well if paired with the lighter white fishes grilled in butter.