Lynmar Winery Lynmar Russian River Valley Vin Gris 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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Color: Rosé
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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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Member Reviews for Lynmar Winery Lynmar Russian River Valley Vin Gris

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Snooth User: SanSan
28213145
3.50 5
03/19/2008

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.


Snooth User: hipergas
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4.50 5
06/10/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Lynmar Winery Lynmar Russian River Valley Vin Gris

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
08/25/2008

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.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
04/01/2008

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.



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.

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