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Lynmar Pinot Noir 2006

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PinotFile: This is a blend of lots from Lynmar's 47-acre Quail Hill Vineyard as well as grapes from local growers. This wine is a cherry choo-choo. Really attractive cherry aromas with a hint of oak and candied apple lead to a silky core of fresh and bright cherries, an undertone of strawberries and the slightest oak. Soft tannins complete the harmonious picture. For an entry wine, this is stunning. (1/14/09)

Region: USA » California

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Winery: Lynmar Winery  
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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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
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Editorial Reviews for Lynmar Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,935
4.50 5
05/07/2010

This offers up wonderfully ethereal and perfumed aromas of flowers, light red fruit, rhubarb, and lingonberry, with top notes of wood smoke and sandy soil tones. In the mouth this is very light and elegant with bright, transparent red fruit tones backed up with hints of stemminess, and a suggestion of vanilla that floats above the fruit. The sour berry/sour cherry fruit in the mouth shows a lovely nuanced spicy edge over a core of natural sweetness that leads to a long, soft, caressing finish with just a hint of Christmas spice. Really gorgeous pinot that is easy to enjoy. 92pts


Member Reviews for Lynmar Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
4.00 5
05/07/2010

Leathery cherry slightly musty nose. High acidity, earthy leather with black cherries and raspberry.


Snooth User: nvansicklen
211788549
3.00 5
05/07/2010

Light red and creamy, medium tannins, cherry and light plum flavors


3.50 5
05/07/2010

Bright red cherry aromas with a bit of sugary sweetness. Tart acidity and good tannic structure, medicine and spice.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
05/07/2010

Strawberries, blueberries, and coconut on the nose, and the mouth is cocoa-buttery, tannic, and has a nice length. Good delicious factor, and interesting.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
06/25/2010

aromas of varying red fruit and subtle earth. the palate also offers sour cherry, raspberry fruit flavors with an earthinesss intertwined, some red spices on the finish, i enjoyed alot!


Snooth User: chad1616
886721,583
4.00 5
09/18/2009

Really nice fruit - gorgeous nose. Needed some time to open. I have one more bottle and will try to wait 1-2 years before drinking. Looking forward to see what Bliss Block did in 2007.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
05/08/2010

Soft bramble and raspberry nose. Soft and smooth with a nice mineral core. Finishes on pine resin, chocolate and raspberry flavors. A touch of fig and mint remains.


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External Reviews for Lynmar Pinot Noir

External Review
03/09/2010

It was very rewarding and a joy to craft this vintage of the Quail Hill Pinot Noir because we saw abeautiful wine emerge from a vintage that was so nerve wracking and where potential quality was notso immediately apparent. What we have in this wine is taut highly aromatic expression of our estatevineyard where elegance, balance, and structure are all seamlessly interwoven. While the color is'moderate' versus intensely deep, color has never been what this wine is about. Aroma and perfumeare what sets this wine apart, and those qualities are more pronounced than any recent vintage.There is wonderful purity in the fruit and spice notes with strawberry, currant, red raspberry, andorange pekoe tea complementing the more classic cherry cola, baking spice, and floral characters.Flavors are nicely in line with the aromas and additionally include slight 'pencil shavings' reduction,wet stone mineral notes, and very subtle well integrated toasty oak. The texture here is still youthfullyfirm but with a vibrant energy that clearly tells you its best days are ahead. Tannins are grainy butbalanced and work with the brisk acidity that to yield an exceptionally long, flavorful finish. Likemost of our top 2006's, this wine will be enjoyable upon release but will really benefit from furtherbottle age until at least the spring or fall of 2009, with more complexity developing during cellaringthrough at least 2012.


External Review
12/20/2009

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2006 Lynmar Pinot Noir Quail Hill Vineyard 750ml


External Review
09/04/2010

The color this year is immediately bright and youthful with an attractive violet hue and a translucence that boldly declares this is not another 'over-extracted' Syrah-like Pinot Noir. Aromas begin with an assortment of wonderfully forward red fruits such as pie cherry, strawberry, and cranberry. These upfront fruit characters are accented by complexing notes of baking spice, deeper dark fruits, and orange blossom. There is also a subtle earthiness here that evokes the local coastal forests and the breezes coming in from Pacific.giving this wine a heightened sense of place. On the palate cleansing, 'zippy' acidity results in a taut, yet balanced, structure with flavors that truly linger and draw you back. Always enjoyable upon release, this wine will only get better through fall of 2009, and should continue to reward cellaring through 2012.



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PinotFile: This is a blend of lots from Lynmar's 47-acre Quail Hill Vineyard as well as grapes from local growers. This wine is a cherry choo-choo. Really attractive cherry aromas with a hint of oak and candied apple lead to a silky core of fresh and bright cherries, an undertone of strawberries and the slightest oak. Soft tannins complete the harmonious picture. For an entry wine, this is stunning. (1/14/09)

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