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Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2006

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PHILOSOPHYOur Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is always a fruit forward wine where we strive to create a distinctive, benchmark expression of our famous appellation. The goal is to present an elegant and pure rendition of the variety that is enjoyable upon release but will also reward short-term aging. While select lots from our 42-acre Quail Hill Vineyard home estate form an important component of this bottling, we also work closely with a small group of local growers who share our commitment to quality.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. At the winery, all incoming fruit was rigorously hand-sorted. The bottom line for Lynmar is that we came through a challenging harvest with excellent quality potential. Primary characteristics of the wines from 2006, in general, will be lower than average alcohols and bright natural acidity. This is a vintage that will play very well to Lynmars balanced, elegant house style.WINEMAKINGWinemaking for our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir lots is focused on capturing fruit and moderating extraction to yield components of great perfume, yet balanced and with elegant structure. Fruit was hand picked early in the morning and transported to the winery while still cool, then hand-sorted before being gently de-stemmed and transferred without pumping into small (2.5 and 5 ton) open-top fermenters. The fruit was then cold-soaked for 3 to 7 days at 50F before allowing native yeast fermentations to begin. Fermentations were gently punched down by hand 2 to 4 times per day. Total skin contact in 2006 ranged from 9 -16 days depending on the objective for each lot. Wines were then put into barrels where the secondary, malolactic fermentation occurred over the next several months. Racking was minimal, with aging on light lees until the final blend was assembled for bottling. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.TASTING NOTESThe color this year is immediately bright and youthful with an attractive violet hue and a translucence that boldly declares this is not another over-extracted Syrah-like Pinot Noir. Aromas begin with an assortment of wonderfully forward red fruits such as pie cherry, strawberry, and cranberry. These upfront fruit characters are accented by complexing notes of baking spice, deeper dark fruits, and orange blossom. There is also a subtle earthiness here that evokes the local coastal forests and the breezes coming in from Pacific.giving this wine a heightened sense of place. On the palate cleansing, zippy acidity results in a taut, yet balanced, structure with flavors that truly linger and draw you back. Always enjoyable upon release, this wine will only get better through fall of 2009, and should continue to reward cellaring through 2012.WINE INFORMATIONVarietal Composition 100% Pinot Noir Winemaker Hugh ChappelleT.A. 0.53g/l00ml Consulting Winemaker Paul HobbspH 3.68 Consulting Viticulturist Greg AdamsAlcohol 14.4% Cases Produced 3,196 (12x750ml) casesAging 14 mo. in small (60 gal.) French oak barrels (35% new) Bottling Date December 12-14, 2007Suggested Retail Price $40

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PHILOSOPHYOur Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is always a fruit forward wine where we strive to create a distinctive, benchmark expression of our famous appellation. The goal is to present an elegant and pure rendition of the variety that is enjoyable upon release but will also reward short-term aging. While select lots from our 42-acre Quail Hill Vineyard home estate form an important component of this bottling, we also work closely with a small group of local growers who share our commitment to quality.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. At the winery, all incoming fruit was rigorously hand-sorted. The bottom line for Lynmar is that we came through a challenging harvest with excellent quality potential. Primary characteristics of the wines from 2006, in general, will be lower than average alcohols and bright natural acidity. This is a vintage that will play very well to Lynmars balanced, elegant house style.WINEMAKINGWinemaking for our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir lots is focused on capturing fruit and moderating extraction to yield components of great perfume, yet balanced and with elegant structure. Fruit was hand picked early in the morning and transported to the winery while still cool, then hand-sorted before being gently de-stemmed and transferred without pumping into small (2.5 and 5 ton) open-top fermenters. The fruit was then cold-soaked for 3 to 7 days at 50F before allowing native yeast fermentations to begin. Fermentations were gently punched down by hand 2 to 4 times per day. Total skin contact in 2006 ranged from 9 -16 days depending on the objective for each lot. Wines were then put into barrels where the secondary, malolactic fermentation occurred over the next several months. Racking was minimal, with aging on light lees until the final blend was assembled for bottling. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.TASTING NOTESThe color this year is immediately bright and youthful with an attractive violet hue and a translucence that boldly declares this is not another over-extracted Syrah-like Pinot Noir. Aromas begin with an assortment of wonderfully forward red fruits such as pie cherry, strawberry, and cranberry. These upfront fruit characters are accented by complexing notes of baking spice, deeper dark fruits, and orange blossom. There is also a subtle earthiness here that evokes the local coastal forests and the breezes coming in from Pacific.giving this wine a heightened sense of place. On the palate cleansing, zippy acidity results in a taut, yet balanced, structure with flavors that truly linger and draw you back. Always enjoyable upon release, this wine will only get better through fall of 2009, and should continue to reward cellaring through 2012.WINE INFORMATIONVarietal Composition 100% Pinot Noir Winemaker Hugh ChappelleT.A. 0.53g/l00ml Consulting Winemaker Paul HobbspH 3.68 Consulting Viticulturist Greg AdamsAlcohol 14.4% Cases Produced 3,196 (12x750ml) casesAging 14 mo. in small (60 gal.) French oak barrels (35% new) Bottling Date December 12-14, 2007Suggested Retail Price $40

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