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Lynmar Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Quail Hill Vineyard Requiem 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Intense on the nose with a touch of licorice and deep notes o dried flowers accenting the almost musky fruit tones. On entry this seems to be a touch tight with noticeable tannin in a chunky style that feels a bit extracted. There are nice mocha overtones to the core of rich, yet simple and quite ripe dark berry fruits that yields to dark cherry tones on the backend. The wine drops off quite quickly on the finish as the tannins once again become quite obvious. I would expect this to gain length and inner mouth perfume with some age, say 12-18 months, but at the moment it is not showing as much as one might expect. 88pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Lynmar Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Quail Hill Vineyard Requiem

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,728
3.50 5
05/07/2010

Intense on the nose with a touch of licorice and deep notes o dried flowers accenting the almost musky fruit tones. On entry this seems to be a touch tight with noticeable tannin in a chunky style that feels a bit extracted. There are nice mocha overtones to the core of rich, yet simple and quite ripe dark berry fruits that yields to dark cherry tones on the backend. The wine drops off quite quickly on the finish as the tannins once again become quite obvious. I would expect this to gain length and inner mouth perfume with some age, say 12-18 months, but at the moment it is not showing as much as one might expect. 88pts


Member Reviews for Lynmar Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Quail Hill Vineyard Requiem

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

Rubbery strawberry nose, with bananas and cherries, and paprika. The mouth is strong in roasted tobacco and chocolate. Very well composed.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
4.50 5
05/07/2010

Light dusty musty nose. Perfect balance of acidity. Complex and delicate black cherries, slightly balsamic. Spice rises on the finish. Really really elegant.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.50 5
05/08/2010

Cherries and lilacs on the nose. Thick, rich wine with lower acidity. Very nice deep flavors of coffee, treacle and plum. Raisins on the finish. A really big pinot noir. Very tasty.


Snooth User: Carly Wray
196958852
4.00 5
05/09/2010

Dusty dried cherries on the nose, earthier still in the mouth, with elegant, thoughtful notes of chocolate and mashed berries. Just lovely.


Snooth User: nvansicklen
211788549
3.50 5
05/07/2010

Light red and creamy, medium tannins, cherry and plum fruit flavors, lightly aromatic. Nice casual drinking wine


Snooth User: samantha gaw
356700352
3.50 5
05/10/2010

medium ruby verging on purple. still needs time to settle - artificial cherry flavoring dominates floral and cocoa, and tannins are a bit rough (although light-medium as appropriate for the style). medium bodied, decent finish.




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