Lynmar Estate Pinot Noir Russian River 2007
Winemaking for this release is focused on capturing fruit character and moderating extraction to yield the particular intensity and balance shown in this vintage. Fruit was hand picked early in the morning, then hand-sorted at the winery before being gently de-stemmed and transferred without pumping into small (2.5- and 5-ton) open-top fermenters. Fruit was cold-soaked for 5 to 7 days at 50°F before allowing native yeast fermentations to begin. Fermentations were gently punched down by hand 2 to 4 times per day. Total skin contact ranged from 10-18 days this vintage depending on the objective for each lot. Wines were then moved to barrels, where malolactic fermentation occurred over the next several months. Racking was minimal, with aging on light lees until the final blend was assembled for bottling. The wine was then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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This outstanding vintage gives an immediate impression of depth and concentration in the glass, with a notably brilliant, bold garnet hue. Aromas are clearly dominated by red fruit tones – strawberry, and cherry pie punctuated by light cranberry notes. A darker underbelly quietly unfolds on the nose, bringing forth blackberry and Bing cherry that adds depth and layering. This Pinot Noir is clearly fruit driven, hitting the palate with a pronounced sense of balance that glides to a long finish with no hard edges. With a subtle spiciness and slight toast notes, this vintage is characterized by a broad, lush quality – offering firm structure and lovely concentration without ever edging towards heaviness. Tannins are perfectly ripe, adding structure and grip to a framework that will allow this wine to age well. Beautiful upon release, this Pinot Noir should continue to reward cellaring through 2014-2016.
3,618 cases produced.
Aged 15 months in French Oak.
Notes: in 60 gal. French oak barrels (65% new)
|Alcohol: 14.4%||pH: 3.52|
|Total Acidity: 5.7 grams per liter|