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Lynmar Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Quail Hill Vineyard 2006

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PHILOSOPHYLynmar Estate celebrates the distinctive terroir of the various vineyards we farm creating wines that are elegant, complex, balanced, and age worthy. Acting as stewards of the land, the winemaking team takes great care to craft wines that truly represent the dynamic, cool-climate soils from the vineyards where the grapes are grown. A genuine mosaic of the land, the people, the food and the synergy of place at Lynmar Estate is revealed in each vintage. Only the finest lots from Lynmars 47-acre Quail Hill Vineyard home estate are included in this bottling, with the core heart and soul always being the wine from our small patch of old vine Swan Selection planted in 1974.2006 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. Luckily Pinot Noir is an early ripening variety and our vineyard crew did everything right this year. Numerous extra passes in our vineyards ensured the area around grape clusters had good air flow and that crop loads were balanced. Primary characteristics of the wines from 2006, in general, will be lower than average alcohols, bright fresh fruit flavors, and crisp natural acidity. This is a vintage that will play very well to Lynmars balanced, elegant house style.WINEMAKINGAll fruit was hand-harvested early in the morning, transported to the winery while cool, then hand-sorted before being gently de-stemmed and transferred without pumping into small (2.54 ton) open-top fermenters. Fruit was then cold-soaked 7-10 days at 50F before allowing native yeast fermentations to begin. Fermentations were gently punched down 2-4 times per day as needed. Total skin contact time ranged from 12-16 days depending upon the desired extraction for each lot. After basket pressing, the new wines were barreled down where secondary, malolactic fermentation occurred over the next several months. Primary coopers were Remond and Francois Freres, complemented by Latour, Seguin Moreau, Cadus, and Rousseau. Racking was minimal or not at all, with aging on light to full lees until the final blend was assembled. The primary lots for this blend came from Block 2 (32-year old Swan selection) and Hanna (Swan) blocks, with Laguna block (Dijon clones) this year playing more of a supporting role. This was also the second vintage where a small number of the best barrels from our maturing Blocks 6 and 10 (Dijon, Pommard, Swan) made the cut into this blend. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. TASTING NOTESIt was very rewarding and a joy to craft this vintage of the Quail Hill Pinot Noir because we saw a beautiful wine emerge from a vintage that was so nerve wracking and where potential quality was not so immediately apparent. What we have in this wine is taut highly aromatic expression of our estate vineyard 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 perfume are 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, and orange 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 youthfully firm but with a vibrant energy that clearly tells you its best days are ahead. Tannins are grainy but balanced and work with the brisk acidity that to yield an exceptionally long, flavorful finish. Like most of our top 2006s, this wine will be enjoyable upon release but will really benefit from further bottle age until at least the spring or fall of 2009, with more complexity developing during cellaring through at least 2012. WINE INFORMATIONVarietal Composition:100% Pinot Noir, estate grown & bottledWinemaker:Hugh ChappelleAging:16 mo. in 60 gal. French barrels (45 % new)Consulting Winemaker:Paul HobbsConsulting Viticulturist:Greg AdamsT.A.: 0.549g/l00mlpH: 3.7Alcohol: 14.35% Cases Produced:1419 (9L equiv.)Bottling Date: March 23, 2008 Suggested Retail Price:$60

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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

PHILOSOPHYLynmar Estate celebrates the distinctive terroir of the various vineyards we farm creating wines that are elegant, complex, balanced, and age worthy. Acting as stewards of the land, the winemaking team takes great care to craft wines that truly represent the dynamic, cool-climate soils from the vineyards where the grapes are grown. A genuine mosaic of the land, the people, the food and the synergy of place at Lynmar Estate is revealed in each vintage. Only the finest lots from Lynmars 47-acre Quail Hill Vineyard home estate are included in this bottling, with the core heart and soul always being the wine from our small patch of old vine Swan Selection planted in 1974.2006 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. Luckily Pinot Noir is an early ripening variety and our vineyard crew did everything right this year. Numerous extra passes in our vineyards ensured the area around grape clusters had good air flow and that crop loads were balanced. Primary characteristics of the wines from 2006, in general, will be lower than average alcohols, bright fresh fruit flavors, and crisp natural acidity. This is a vintage that will play very well to Lynmars balanced, elegant house style.WINEMAKINGAll fruit was hand-harvested early in the morning, transported to the winery while cool, then hand-sorted before being gently de-stemmed and transferred without pumping into small (2.54 ton) open-top fermenters. Fruit was then cold-soaked 7-10 days at 50F before allowing native yeast fermentations to begin. Fermentations were gently punched down 2-4 times per day as needed. Total skin contact time ranged from 12-16 days depending upon the desired extraction for each lot. After basket pressing, the new wines were barreled down where secondary, malolactic fermentation occurred over the next several months. Primary coopers were Remond and Francois Freres, complemented by Latour, Seguin Moreau, Cadus, and Rousseau. Racking was minimal or not at all, with aging on light to full lees until the final blend was assembled. The primary lots for this blend came from Block 2 (32-year old Swan selection) and Hanna (Swan) blocks, with Laguna block (Dijon clones) this year playing more of a supporting role. This was also the second vintage where a small number of the best barrels from our maturing Blocks 6 and 10 (Dijon, Pommard, Swan) made the cut into this blend. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. TASTING NOTESIt was very rewarding and a joy to craft this vintage of the Quail Hill Pinot Noir because we saw a beautiful wine emerge from a vintage that was so nerve wracking and where potential quality was not so immediately apparent. What we have in this wine is taut highly aromatic expression of our estate vineyard 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 perfume are 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, and orange 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 youthfully firm but with a vibrant energy that clearly tells you its best days are ahead. Tannins are grainy but balanced and work with the brisk acidity that to yield an exceptionally long, flavorful finish. Like most of our top 2006s, this wine will be enjoyable upon release but will really benefit from further bottle age until at least the spring or fall of 2009, with more complexity developing during cellaring through at least 2012. WINE INFORMATIONVarietal Composition:100% Pinot Noir, estate grown & bottledWinemaker:Hugh ChappelleAging:16 mo. in 60 gal. French barrels (45 % new)Consulting Winemaker:Paul HobbsConsulting Viticulturist:Greg AdamsT.A.: 0.549g/l00mlpH: 3.7Alcohol: 14.35% Cases Produced:1419 (9L equiv.)Bottling Date: March 23, 2008 Suggested Retail Price:$60

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