Lynmar Winery Quail Hill Cuvee Pinot Noir 2005

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PHILOSOPHY The Quail Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir is the definitive expression of Pinot Noir from our 42-acre home estate. Only the finest barrels from our best vineyard blocks in each vintage are included. Our goal is to respect the vintage and our distinctive terroir by crafting a wine that is elegant, complex, balanced, and age worthy. 2005 GROWING SEASON 2005 was one of the coolest and latest seasons in recent memory, which meant an excellent vintage for the more elegant, acid-balanced style that Lynmar is known for. The skill of our vineyard team combined with a bit of luck to help us avoid losses during early rains that decimated neighboring vineyards during flowering. Grapes ripened gradually and evenly through the season, without late season heat spikes that have challenged North Coast winemakers recently. Night and early morning harvesting, with multiple passes where needed, helped us bring in fruit of exceptional quality with uncommonly high natural acidity, ripe tannins and great flavor maturity. THE WINEMAKING All 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 (2.5–4 ton) open-top fermenters. Fruit was then cold-soaked 5-10 days at 50°F 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 12-18 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, Mercurey, 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 our P2 (32-year old Swan selection) and Hanna (Swan) blocks, with Laguna block (Dijon clone) this year playing more of a supporting role. This was also the first vintage that a small number of the best barrels from our maturing P5 and P6 blocks (Dijon, Pommard, Swan) "made the cut" into this blend. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. TASTING NOTES This vintage of Quail Hill Pinot Noir has been a joy to craft. We have in this wine a truly classic expression of our estate vineyard where elegance, balance, and depth are seamlessly interwoven. While the color is dark and intense, this has never been what this wine is about. Aroma and perfume are what sets this wine apart, and in this vintage those qualities are wonderfully abundant. There is an exciting array of fruit and spice notes with rosehips, pomegranate, and hibiscus complementing the more classic pie cherry and floral characters. Flavors shift slightly from the aromas with earthy, mineral notes layered into the fruit and spice, and a subtle orange rind component in the long, lingering finish. The texture here is what Pinot Noir does better than any other variety, showing structure and concentration but with "velvety" fine tannins, and a natural acidity that validates its cool-climate terroir. Like all our 2005's, this wine will be enjoyable upon release but will begin drinking at its best from spring 2008 onwards, with more complexity developing with further cellaring through at least 2012. WINE INFORMATION: Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir, estate grown & bottled Winemaker: Hugh Chappelle Consulting Winemaker: Paul Hobbs Consulting Viticulturist: Greg Adams T.A.: 0.53g per l00ml pH: 3.65 Alcohol: 14.4% Aging: 16 mo. in small (60 gal.) French oak barrels (45% new) Cases Produced: 1,459 cases (9L equiv.) Bottling Date: March, 2007 Suggested Retail Price: $60

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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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Snooth User: Betsey
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PHILOSOPHY The Quail Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir is the definitive expression of Pinot Noir from our 42-acre home estate. Only the finest barrels from our best vineyard blocks in each vintage are included. Our goal is to respect the vintage and our distinctive terroir by crafting a wine that is elegant, complex, balanced, and age worthy. 2005 GROWING SEASON 2005 was one of the coolest and latest seasons in recent memory, which meant an excellent vintage for the more elegant, acid-balanced style that Lynmar is known for. The skill of our vineyard team combined with a bit of luck to help us avoid losses during early rains that decimated neighboring vineyards during flowering. Grapes ripened gradually and evenly through the season, without late season heat spikes that have challenged North Coast winemakers recently. Night and early morning harvesting, with multiple passes where needed, helped us bring in fruit of exceptional quality with uncommonly high natural acidity, ripe tannins and great flavor maturity. THE WINEMAKING All 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 (2.5–4 ton) open-top fermenters. Fruit was then cold-soaked 5-10 days at 50°F 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 12-18 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, Mercurey, 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 our P2 (32-year old Swan selection) and Hanna (Swan) blocks, with Laguna block (Dijon clone) this year playing more of a supporting role. This was also the first vintage that a small number of the best barrels from our maturing P5 and P6 blocks (Dijon, Pommard, Swan) "made the cut" into this blend. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. TASTING NOTES This vintage of Quail Hill Pinot Noir has been a joy to craft. We have in this wine a truly classic expression of our estate vineyard where elegance, balance, and depth are seamlessly interwoven. While the color is dark and intense, this has never been what this wine is about. Aroma and perfume are what sets this wine apart, and in this vintage those qualities are wonderfully abundant. There is an exciting array of fruit and spice notes with rosehips, pomegranate, and hibiscus complementing the more classic pie cherry and floral characters. Flavors shift slightly from the aromas with earthy, mineral notes layered into the fruit and spice, and a subtle orange rind component in the long, lingering finish. The texture here is what Pinot Noir does better than any other variety, showing structure and concentration but with "velvety" fine tannins, and a natural acidity that validates its cool-climate terroir. Like all our 2005's, this wine will be enjoyable upon release but will begin drinking at its best from spring 2008 onwards, with more complexity developing with further cellaring through at least 2012. WINE INFORMATION: Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir, estate grown & bottled Winemaker: Hugh Chappelle Consulting Winemaker: Paul Hobbs Consulting Viticulturist: Greg Adams T.A.: 0.53g per l00ml pH: 3.65 Alcohol: 14.4% Aging: 16 mo. in small (60 gal.) French oak barrels (45% new) Cases Produced: 1,459 cases (9L equiv.) Bottling Date: March, 2007 Suggested Retail Price: $60

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