Lynmar Winery Lynmar Russian River Valley Vin Gris 2005
WINEMAKING The winemaking used two methods. In the saignée method, select lots of Pinot Noir and Syrah were gently “bled” from tank soon after de-stemming in order to run off a small amount of juice with just a little color, but no tannins. This improved the skinto- juice ratio of these lots and provided raw material for the Vin Gris. This juice was then processed like our Chardonnay, except that it was fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels so as not to muddle the wonderful fruity aromas and flavors with any oak character. Additionally, about 40% of the wine came from cool-climate fruit specifically harvested for our rosé program. This fruit was fully destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours before being membrane pressed and then fermented and aged at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. Early bottling allows us to capture all the freshness that this wine has to offer. TASTING NOTES This vintage of Vin Gris displays a beautiful, classic, pale salmon color. Aromas are pure, fresh, and vibrant with a strong red-fruit focus. Cherry, strawberry, cranberry, and raspberry all come to mind. There is also a subtle citrus character with notes of orange, grapefruit, and bergamot all vying for attention. The palate once again is bone dry with exceptionally crisp and refreshing acidity. Flavors linger pleasantly with a mild floral, Darjeeling-like note adding to what the nose first gave forth. There is really no reason to age this wine, as its charms are precisely its youth and its clean, satisfying, thirst-quenching quality.
This wine is showing beautifully now but will age gracefully as well. Tasted next to Cristom, Siduri, Flowers, Bergstrom, and I have to say, this one was the most elegant of the bunch, not over-extracted, a little more Burgundian in style. Even better than 05 Quail Hill in my opinion.
Four and a half glasses
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This Vin Gris, traditionally made as a workers' wine (a blend of many varietals) that was consumed immediately after fermentation, is a notch above the real thing -- because it's 92% pinot noir and 8% syrah. The wine is bright, acidic, and refreshing, with tangy fruit flavors that leave your lips smacking -- just like a good rose is supposed to.
Lynmar Vin Gris Russian River Valley This Vin Gris, traditionally made as a workers' wine (a blend of many varietals) that was consumed immediately after fermentation, is a notch above the real thing -- because it's 92% pinot noir and 8% syrah. The wine is bright, acidic, and refreshing, with tangy fruit flavors that leave your lips smacking -- just like a good rose is supposed to.
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