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Lynmar Chardonnay Sereinite 2006

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PHILOSOPHYSerein (n.) 1.) river flowing through the Chablis appellation of France; 2.) fine mist or evening dew. An exploration of the potential of cool climate Chardonnay in California, La Sereinit derives its inspiration from the great Chablis of France, with their bright flavors and unmistakable minerality. Sourced from some of the coolest, latest ripening sites in the Russian River Valley, Green Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations, where heavy fog incursions challenge Chardonnay to ripen, La Sereinit is characterized by vibrant California fruit and a crisp mineral flavor profile created from grapes fermented and aged without the use of new oak.2006 GROWING SEASONThe 2006 growing season was particularly challenging in the Russian River Valley. Higher humidity during the summer months resulted in greater mildew pressure across the appellation, exacerbated by weather during harvest that provided perfect growing conditions for botrytis, or "noble rot. Numerous extra passes in our vineyards ensured the area around grape clusters had good air flow and that crop loads were balanced. At the winery, all incoming fruit was rigorously hand-sorted. The bottom line for Lynmar is that we came through a challenging harvest with excellent quality potential. Primary characteristics of the wines from 2006, in general, will be lower than average alcohols and bright natural acidity. This is a vintage that will play very well to Lynmars balanced, elegant, acid-driven house style.VINEYARDS & WINEMAKINGIn 2006 Sweeney Vineyard is once again the core component (93%), with its clean citrus aromas, subtle minerality and wonderfully firm acidity. It is just inside the new Russian River Valley expansion boundaries, formerly classified as Sonoma Coast. Located in a lower lying cool pocket with uniform Goldridge soils, Sweeneys UCD4 clone plantings are approaching 20 years of age. The minor components include our Quail Hill Vineyard estate (5%, Rued) for aromatic range and complexity and Amber Ridge Vineyard (2%, Dijon Clone 96) for additional minerality and overall balance. All fruit was hand-harvested early in the morning and transported to the winery while still cool, hand-sorted, then gently whole-cluster pressed. The resultant juice was only lightly settled and then transferred to 1-3 year old French oak barrels for native yeast fermentation. No new oak was used at any stage of production. After 14 months in barrel on original lees, the final selected lots were racked into a small stainless steel tank for a few weeks of further settling before bottling.TASTING NOTESOur second vintage of La Sereinit remains an exciting and truly distinctive wine. The color is again classically light golden, though with a bit more yellow this year due to the very lightest touch of Botrytis. The result is a nose with not only a dominant core of citrus aromas, but also noticeable hints of apricot, peach. These vintage characteristics are highlighted by toasty, grilled bread notes and uncommon minerality for a California Chardonnay. The palate upon release shows bracing acidity and firm structure, but with a solid, round mid-palate leading into a pleasantly long finish. We anticipate this wine to begin showing at its best from May 2008 onwards, with optimal maturity between 2009 and 2011.WINE INFORMATIONVarietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay Winemaker: Hugh ChappelleAging: 15 mo. in 60 gal. French oak barrels (0% new) Consulting Winemaker: Paul HobbsAlcohol: 14.2% Consulting Viticulturist: Greg AdamsMalolactic Fermentaion: 100% Cases Produced 831 (6x750ml)pH: 3.46 Bottling Date: December 2007T.A.: .55g/100ml Suggested Retail Price $70

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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

PHILOSOPHYSerein (n.) 1.) river flowing through the Chablis appellation of France; 2.) fine mist or evening dew. An exploration of the potential of cool climate Chardonnay in California, La Sereinit derives its inspiration from the great Chablis of France, with their bright flavors and unmistakable minerality. Sourced from some of the coolest, latest ripening sites in the Russian River Valley, Green Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations, where heavy fog incursions challenge Chardonnay to ripen, La Sereinit is characterized by vibrant California fruit and a crisp mineral flavor profile created from grapes fermented and aged without the use of new oak.2006 GROWING SEASONThe 2006 growing season was particularly challenging in the Russian River Valley. Higher humidity during the summer months resulted in greater mildew pressure across the appellation, exacerbated by weather during harvest that provided perfect growing conditions for botrytis, or "noble rot. Numerous extra passes in our vineyards ensured the area around grape clusters had good air flow and that crop loads were balanced. At the winery, all incoming fruit was rigorously hand-sorted. The bottom line for Lynmar is that we came through a challenging harvest with excellent quality potential. Primary characteristics of the wines from 2006, in general, will be lower than average alcohols and bright natural acidity. This is a vintage that will play very well to Lynmars balanced, elegant, acid-driven house style.VINEYARDS & WINEMAKINGIn 2006 Sweeney Vineyard is once again the core component (93%), with its clean citrus aromas, subtle minerality and wonderfully firm acidity. It is just inside the new Russian River Valley expansion boundaries, formerly classified as Sonoma Coast. Located in a lower lying cool pocket with uniform Goldridge soils, Sweeneys UCD4 clone plantings are approaching 20 years of age. The minor components include our Quail Hill Vineyard estate (5%, Rued) for aromatic range and complexity and Amber Ridge Vineyard (2%, Dijon Clone 96) for additional minerality and overall balance. All fruit was hand-harvested early in the morning and transported to the winery while still cool, hand-sorted, then gently whole-cluster pressed. The resultant juice was only lightly settled and then transferred to 1-3 year old French oak barrels for native yeast fermentation. No new oak was used at any stage of production. After 14 months in barrel on original lees, the final selected lots were racked into a small stainless steel tank for a few weeks of further settling before bottling.TASTING NOTESOur second vintage of La Sereinit remains an exciting and truly distinctive wine. The color is again classically light golden, though with a bit more yellow this year due to the very lightest touch of Botrytis. The result is a nose with not only a dominant core of citrus aromas, but also noticeable hints of apricot, peach. These vintage characteristics are highlighted by toasty, grilled bread notes and uncommon minerality for a California Chardonnay. The palate upon release shows bracing acidity and firm structure, but with a solid, round mid-palate leading into a pleasantly long finish. We anticipate this wine to begin showing at its best from May 2008 onwards, with optimal maturity between 2009 and 2011.WINE INFORMATIONVarietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay Winemaker: Hugh ChappelleAging: 15 mo. in 60 gal. French oak barrels (0% new) Consulting Winemaker: Paul HobbsAlcohol: 14.2% Consulting Viticulturist: Greg AdamsMalolactic Fermentaion: 100% Cases Produced 831 (6x750ml)pH: 3.46 Bottling Date: December 2007T.A.: .55g/100ml Suggested Retail Price $70

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