When I opened my 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from Byington Vineyard & Winery, a flood of memories came rushing in. This was a time when I worked for Byington in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
It truly was the best of times. The tasting room was always hopping. Our hospitality team was like an extended family. Summers were spent sitting out by the BBQ pit after our shift, overlooking the gorgeous Monterey Bay while sipping on vino and watching the sun set. Winters were spent stoking the wood fireplace in the tasting room. All year round we’d give tours of the vineyards, cellar and caves (my favorite part of the job).
And, there was always wine. To celebrate the good-ole-days, I reminisce over this 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon made from grapes grown in Cerro Prieto Vineyard in Paso Robles. After 16 years in my cellar, I must say that this wine is tasting fine. The aroma sings dark berries and cocoa, the flavors on the palate are a bit more reserved with some herbal notes, the tannins are soft and the acidity is still noticeable. A bit bricking in color, this wine is close to peaking.
Thank you Byington for both the memories and the wine!