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Lynmar Chardonnay "sam's Cuvee" 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Tasting Notes Each of the contributing vineyards has added a layer, and more than ever the sum is truly greater than the parts. Aromas are fresh and vibrant -- fragrant Bartlett pear and spicy applesauce go head to head with distinct notes of lemon custard and ripe mango. There is also a noticeable minerality which is much more upfront this vintage than in the past. Nuances of yeasty fresh rising dough are in the background, which we know will turn wonderfully "toasty" with a little more bottle age. Where this vintage really shines, though, is on the palate. The entry is deceptively soft with no hard edges. A remarkable flavor density is then apparent, seamlessly flowing into a rich mid-palate and bracing acidity. While this wine will drink great upon release, it will get even better over the next 12-18 months. We estimate excellent cellaring potential through at least 2009.

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Winery: Lynmar Winery  
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Lynmar Winery:
Lynmar Estate is a premium producer of estate-grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After selling fruit from the estate to some of the top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in the Russian River Valley, the Fritz family founded Lynmar Winery in 1990 to produce world-class wines reflecting the character of the Quail Hill Vineyard and the appellation. To achieve this goal, we... Read more
Lynmar Estate is a premium producer of estate-grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After selling fruit from the estate to some of the top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in the Russian River Valley, the Fritz family founded Lynmar Winery in 1990 to produce world-class wines reflecting the character of the Quail Hill Vineyard and the appellation. To achieve this goal, we follow a few guiding principles. Our estate Quail Hill Vineyard is a unique site and possesses superb qualities for growing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The combination of the vineyard's location, soil composition, long and cool growing season, dramatic elevation changes, and clone and rootstock selections make this a prized vineyard. The vineyard's character guides our signature Lynmar wine style; wines with rich, full, deep, ripe berry flavors with natural acids and soft tannins. We believe the team, above the individual, is the way to achieve the Fritz family vision. Founder Lynn Fritz believes the "whole is larger than the sum of its parts." In spring 2003, he began assembling a world-class team with the skill and drive to bring the vision to life. By spring 2004, the handpicked team was in place and the Fritz family announced an investment plan to ensure they had the very best resources at hand to create the desired world-class wines. Because the Russian River Valley is our home, we feel strongly that we should protect our environment and be a part of the fabric of the community. We actively support the promotion of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and the appellation through the participation of regional wine events. Mindful of our environment and our staff's well being, we employ sustainable and organic farming techniques that are gentle on the region's natural resources as well as our team members. Our vineyard shares a border with the Laguna de Santa Rosa, the 250 square-mile watershed that is home to mammals, reptiles, native plants and migrating birds, Lynmar's vineyard and winery team uses the most habitat-friendly farming techniques and is sensitive to the needs of the ecosystem. Lynn Fritz, an expert in global logistics and humanitarian relief efforts, and family purchased the estate Quail Hill Vineyard in 1980 and, in 1990, founded Lynmar Winery to produce world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reflecting the character of the Russian River Valley appellation, and terroir of Quail Hill Vineyard. Our first commercial wines were released in 1996 with the 1994 vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our 47-acre Quail Hill Vineyard estate has long been recognized as a stellar vineyard in the region, and has superb qualities for growing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Once a source for some of the top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in the region, today, the estate is the exclusive source for our Lynmar Reserve and Estate wines, as well as the foundation of our appellation-designated wines. Balance, both in the vineyard and winemaking, governs the Lynmar philosophy. Led by winemaker, Bibiana González Rave, our winemaking team starts in the vineyard; managing vine-by-vine to optimize even fruit ripening, quality and balance. In the winery, Hugh prefers to let Mother Nature do the work. He handles the wine as little as possible and, again, strives to achieve balanced tannins, fruit qualities and natural acidity. The result is our characteristic Lynmar style; wines with character, full berry flavors and balanced qualities reflecting our estate Quail Hill Vineyard. Tasting Room Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm. Read less

Member Reviews for Lynmar Chardonnay "sam's Cuvee"

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
05/22/2010

Creamy nose of tropical fruits. Creamy mouthfeel and flavors of crisp, refreshing fruit. A nice balance of acidity and oak integration. - Tasted at Schreiner's Winers: The Aging Process- Library/Older Wines 5/21/10


Snooth User: runningbear
43154653
5.00 5
03/07/2008

I am a chardonnay lover and ordered this at a business dinner and was VERY pleased. A very smooth chardonnay, it went with almost everything we ordered (all dishes were shared) and such a hit amongst our table of 6 that we ordered another bottle. Everyone loved it - it is not too buttery, but would best be described as a smooth, dry chardonnay with plenty of body but not too much bite.


Snooth User: nard
4209003
0.00 5
03/14/2010

Definitely soft with no hard edges making it an exceptionally smooth drink. Very nice body with small nuances which makes it very enjoyable.


Snooth User: hipergas
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3.50 5
06/10/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Lynmar Chardonnay "sam's Cuvee"

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesEach of the contributing vineyards has added a layer, and more than ever the sum is truly greater than the parts. Aromas are fresh and vibrant fragrant Bartlett pear and spicy applesauce go head to head with distinct notes of lemon custard and ripe mango. There is also a noticeable minerality which is much more upfront this vintage than in the past. Nuances of yeasty fresh rising dough are in the background, which we know will turn wonderfully "toasty" with a little more bottle age. Where this vintage really shines, though, is on the palate. The entry is deceptively soft with no hard edges. A remarkable flavor density is then apparent, seamlessly flowing into a rich mid-palate and bracing acidity. While this wine will drink great upon release, it will get even better over the next 12-18 months. We estimate excellent cellaring potential through at least 2009.


External Review
Source: Sam's Wine
09/15/2009

This Chardonnay has the character of winemaker Hugh Chappell's former efforts at the Flowers Winery (and is "well-approved" by consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs). One-third each Wente, Chalk Hill and Dijon clones - "I never would have put these three together," says Chappell, "but it worked out so well" - it has wonderful aromatics of a panoply of tropical fruit and a combination of apple, pear and cr?me brul?e (it's almost like a liquid apple danish with buttery, flaky pastry). As in the best Puligny-Montrachets, it's crisply acidic and finishes with a mineral tang. Enjoy with chicken breast stuffed with tomato, spinach and feta; scampi off the grill; or a Cobb salad.


External Review
Source: Sam's Wine
Vintage: 2004 09/15/2009

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Wine Tasting Notes Each of the contributing vineyards has added a layer, and more than ever the sum is truly greater than the parts. Aromas are fresh and vibrant -- fragrant Bartlett pear and spicy applesauce go head to head with distinct notes of lemon custard and ripe mango. There is also a noticeable minerality which is much more upfront this vintage than in the past. Nuances of yeasty fresh rising dough are in the background, which we know will turn wonderfully "toasty" with a little more bottle age. Where this vintage really shines, though, is on the palate. The entry is deceptively soft with no hard edges. A remarkable flavor density is then apparent, seamlessly flowing into a rich mid-palate and bracing acidity. While this wine will drink great upon release, it will get even better over the next 12-18 months. We estimate excellent cellaring potential through at least 2009.

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