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Lynmar Estate

Owner(s) Lynn Fritz
Web site www.lynmarwinery.com
 
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Lynmar Estate

Lynmar has been a reputable producer of Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley since its founding in 1990. The winery's first releases were from the 1994 vintage. More recently the winery underwent a complete renovation with new caves and the construction of a tasteful hospitality center.

The wines were always been good, but seemed even more refined under the direction of winemaker Hugh Chapelle (formerly Flowers), and consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs. In 2010, Chapelle left and was replaced by Bibiana Gonzalez Rave. In 2012, Rave left for Pahlmeyer and was replaced by Shane Finley who spent several years at Kosta Browne.

At present, they offer fourteen Pinot Noirs from both estate and sourced fruit. Single-vineyard Pinot Noirs made an appearance in 2008, including Jenkins and Terra de Promissio. There are seven different Chardonnays, a Syrah and a Rosé of Pinot Noir also offered. The wines are superb.

Lynmar has a beautiful, scenic and serene visitors center. A number of tasting combined with food experiences are offered. On Fridays afternoons, Pizza and Pinot is offered. 3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol. 877-282-3441.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Lynmar Estate Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.67, 340 cases, $25, screw cap. · Light red rose color in the glass. Shy but pleasing aromas of red berries, cherries and summer herbs. Moderately intense and creamy for a Rosé with bright flavors of raspberries and strawberries that linger on the finish. A polished wine of great interest. Source: website and winery. Very good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc.. 14 clones. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very enticing aromas of spiced cherry, clove, plum and vanilla. Layers of flavor arrive on the palate with aplomb, including black cherry, black plum, fennel, cola and black tea. Perfectly ripe and juicy with modest tannins and impressive power on the finish. Crafted beautifully and notable for its seamless qualities. Still enchanting the following day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2008 Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc.. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of very ripe berries and cherries with a hint of cola. Full-bodied and lush, veering to the ultra ripe fruit side, offering flavors of black cherry and grilled stone fruits. Soft and plush on the palate with a firm tannic backbone, finishing with a little heat. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2008 Lynmar Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 14.1

14.1% alc., $20. Sourced from estate and selected contract vineyards. Fruit specifically choosen for this wine was de-stemmed, cold soaked for 2-3 hours before undergoing a gentle membrane press followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks. This wine was supplemented by the saiginée method in which lots of Pinot Noir and Syrah were bled from tank after de-stemming with some color and no tannins. The wine was aged in neutral French oak barrels and stainless tanks. Vinified by winemaker Hugh Chapelle. · Lovely orange-red salmon hue. Aromas of white peaches and oranges. The flavors are fresh and vivid, even flirty, echoing the aromas and finishing with some persistence. Among the top rosés every year in California. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2008 Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.3% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.59, 694 cases, $40. 100% estate grown and bottled from the 42-acre Quail Hill Vineyard. Whole cluster pressed, 45% new French oak barrels, mostly native yeast fermentations, aged on the lees with weekly stirring, 100% MLF, aged 15 months. Winemaker Hugh Chapelle. · Light straw color in the glass. Aromas of lemon curd, vanilla custard, seasoned oak, buttered toast and Cracker Jack. Very tasty fruit core featuring prominent pear flavor with notes of white peach, creme brulee and tasty oak, finishing dry with a hint of caramel. Soft in the mouth, even slightly creamy. A thoroughly enjoyable wine that improves in the glass over time. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.62, 729 cases, $60. Composed of 14 clones including old Swan vines. De-stemmed, 7-10 day cold soak, native yeast fermentations, total skin contact 14-18 days, basket pressed, aging on light to full lees for 15 months in 55% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. Winemakers Hugh Chapelle and Bibiana Gonzalez Rave; consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is very seductive with a perfume of fresh cherries and berries, spice and graham. Delicious essence of black cherry tart with hints of cola and Dr. Pepper and noticeable oak presence. Smooth on the palate with polished tannins and a lingering finish. A bold wine that is drinking beautifully now, but will last 7-10 years with proper cellaring. Source: tasting room, website, some retail. Very good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Lynmar Estate Wente Selection Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.4% alc., pH 3.44, 880 cases, $35. Sourced from two small vineyards, mostly natural fermentation, aged in 45% new French oak barrels for 14 months 100% MLF. A one-time bottling as the fruit will no longer be available to Lynmar. · This was clearly the group’s favorite. Terrific nose featuring cut flowers, roasted nuts and spices. Rich and viscous on the palate with impressive persistence of the citrus and spicy notes on the bright finish. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.3% alc., pH 3.38, 862 cases, $40. Aged 15 months in 45% new French oak barrels. 100% MLF. · Crisp and bright with aromas of lemon curd and green apple. Moderate density of apple and citrus flavors with a refreshing finish. Good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.63, 1,646 cases, $60. Only finest lots from the 47-acre estate Quail Hill Vineyard are included in this release with the core coming from a small block of old vine Swan selection planted in 1974 and a block of Dijon and Pommard clones. Aged 16 months in 60% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · A charming, delicate wine that seduces you with nuances. Lovely aromas of red fruits with hints of rose tea and baking spices. Discreetly concentrated core of red stone fruits and berries with a refreshing lift of aromatic fruit on the pleasing finish. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Lynmar Estate La Sereinite Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., pH 3.28, 658 cases, $70. Aged 14 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels (0% new). · A nod to Chablis. Shy aromatics with hints of tropical fruits taking some time to escape reduction. Delicious flavors of baked apples and crème brulee with an appealing crushed rock underpinning. Good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Lynmar Estate Terra de Promissio Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.67, 388 cases, $70. The Karen family farms 50 acres of Pinot Noir in Petaluma. Composed of 55% 777 and 45% 115. 100% destemmed, 7-10 day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 14 months in 58% new French oak. · A wellstructured beauty with aromas and flavors of darker red and black berries, spice box, and exotic tea. Very smooth in the mouth with admirable finesse. Velvet glove over an iron fist comes to mind. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Lynmar Estate Zephyr Farms Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.62, 569 cases, $70. Dijon clones planted in Goldridge soils at the western border of the Green Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. Final blend is 50% 667, 25% 777 and 25% 115. 100% de-stemmed, 7-10 day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 16 months in 70% new French oak barrels. · The aromatics are stunning featuring savory fruits and herbs. Picks up interest over the time in the glass, displaying a tasty array of red and black stone fruits and berries with an earthy and savory herbal underpinning. Still has tannins to shed and will benefit with additional time in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Lynmar Terra De Promisso Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

This is one of the newer vineyard designate Pinot Noirs from Lynmar (unreleased). · Winemaker Hugh Chapelle poured me a good slug of this and I drank it all. Displaying that coastal minerality and tenacity, this Pinot Noir will knock your socks off. Plenty of Pinot fruits, baking spice and juicy tang, with a silky texture to boot, this will be a superstar wine. Reviewed March 23, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Lynmar Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 3,196 cases, $40. This is a blend of lots from Lynmar’s 47-acre Quail Hill Vineyard as well as grapes from local growers. · This wine is a cherry choo-choo. Really attractive cherry aromas with a hint of oak and candied apple lead to a silky core of fresh and bright cherries, an undertone of strawberries and the slightest oak. Soft tannins complete the harmonious picture. For an entry wine, this is stunning. Reviewed January 14, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Bliss Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 329 cases, $60. The Bliss Block is from a unique part of the estate which is very cool. This is the first block designate from Quail Hill Vineyard since 1999. · A ripe fruit profile on the nose veering toward cardamonspiced cherries and raisins and oak spice. The flavors echo the aromas with an added loamy influence. A balanced wine with supple tannins and a dry finish. Well-crafted but not my cup of tea. Reviewed January 14, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Lynmar Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.35% alc., 1,419 cases, $60. It’s not but this Pinot Noir from Lynmar’s 47-acre Quail Hill Vineyard crafted by Hugh Chapelle is quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Aged 16 months in 45% new French Oak. Dr. Dirt (Greg Adams) is the consulting viticulturist. Everything is first class here. · Classic Russian River nose of red cherries and raspberries, baking spice and cola. The flavors echo the aromas with a deft touch of oak. The tannins are fine grained and the lively acidity creates a refreshing and memorable finish. Good to go for another 4 to 5 years. Reviewed April 18, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Lynmar Winery Jenkins Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 460 cases, $60. From a 20-acre vineyard planted to Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 overlooking the town of Sebastopol in the Russian River Valley. Heavy coastal fog and Goldridge soils. Second Lynmar vineyard designate wine from this vineyard. The website is www.lynmarwinery.com. Lynmar wines are world class and highly desirable. · This wine is all about red cherries, fraise de bois as well as black fruits like plums and blackberries. Restrained and delicate, it is finely spiced and beautifully constructed. Reviewed April 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Lynmar Estate Hawk Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.15% alc., 486 cases, $70. Hawk Hill Vineyard is located 4 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean at the southwestern tip of the Green Valley/Sonoma Coast border. Paul and Vicki Michalczyk farm 6 acres of Dijon and Pommard clone Pinot Noir vines planted in Goldridge soils. The vineyard is subject to considerable coastal influence creating an extended growing season. The final blend is 60% Pommard and 40% Dijon 115 clones. · Berry pie-filling fruits on the nose with subtle oak and Provencal herbs. A delicious olalliberry and boysenberry fruit core fans out on the palate nicely and fine-grained dry tannins and admirable acidity bring the wine into perfect balance. The wine’s finesse makes it easy to snuggle up to. Reviewed January 14, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Lynmar Estate Zephyr Farms Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 236 cases, $70. Zephyr Farms is located at the western border of the Green Valley/Sonoma Coast appellations. Steve Whiteman and Bob Trujox farm 9 acres of Dijon clone Pinot Noir planted in Goldridge soils. The harsh climate results in highly variable yields. Lynmar is the sole recipient of fruit from this vineyard. · Evocative perfume of dark fruits with a hint of sage and seasoned oak. Lip-smacking and succulent dark cherry and berry fruit kissed by toasted oak. Commendable richness and fullness on the palate. Still wearing a mild grip of tannin and will benefit from more time in the bottle. Reviewed January 14, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Lynmar Russian River Valley Vin Gris

14.1% alc., 474 cases, $24. This is the third vintage of Vin Gris sourced from several vineyards in the Russian River AVA including the Quail Hill Vineyard. It is composed of 92% Pinot Noir and 8% Syrah. The winemaking employed two methods: (1) the saignée method was used to bleed some Pinot Noir and Syrah juice soon after destemming and processed like Chardonnay (except fermented in neutral oak barrels) and (2) 40% of the wine came from fruit grown specifically for the rosé program, processed as usual for Pinot Noir and aged in stainless and neutral barrels. · The wine is the finest example of Vin Gris I have ever drunk. Bright, fresh and crisp, but with plenty of aromas and flavors to keep your attention, it is the perfect aperitif wine. Watermelon and spice and everything nice. The winery is currently offering their Vin Gris for $18 as a promotion for the holidays. A steal. Reviewed November 26, 2006 ARTICLE »

2005 Lynmar Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.2% alc., 4520 cases, $30. Here you have the best of both worlds. 60% of the grapes are vinified in stainless steel tanks to retain crisp acidity and 40% is transferred to French oak barrels. 100% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. This is a Russian River blend of grapes from several vineyards. It was paired at lunch with brown clamshell mushroom soup. · This is a very classy Chardonnay with plenty of palate-cleansing acidity, but yet a complex of flavors including tropical fruits and fresh bread with a hint of butter and toast from the MLF and oak. The pairing was magical. (Note: all recipes are on the winery’s website). Reviewed November 26, 2006 ARTICLE »

2005 Lynmar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 3,064 cases, $36. A blend of fruit from the estate Quail Hill Vineyard and other vineyards in the Russian River Valley locale. · Restrained scents of cherry, herbs and forest floor. Lovely red cherry fruit imbibed with spice. Soft and gentle, it floats across the tongue. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.35% alc., 1,419 cases, $60. This wine represents the finest lots from the Quail Hill Vineyard home estate with the core being a small patch of old vine Swan selection planted in 1974. · Ramped up intense black cherry scent with dark chocolate, oak and white pepper lurking in the background. Flamboyant layers of cherry and raspberry fruit with a sidecar of oak and cola. Vivid and clean with no hard edges and leaving an incredibly long and memorable finish. This beauty delivers a little more fullness, richness and intensity than the Russian River Valley bottling and is flat-out great. Reviewed January 14, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Lynmar Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 1,459 cases, $60. Primarily Swan selection from the estate Quail Hill Vineyard. Aged 16 months in 45% new French oak. · Deep, dark ruby in color. A penetrating, rich nose with dark Pinot fruits, forest floor and restrained oak. Gamy and earthy with plenty of black fruit front and center. Very smooth in texture, seamless throughout with a healthy tannic structure. More body, more flavor, more of everything compared to the Russian River Valley bottling Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Lynmar Winery Five Sisters Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

The Fritz family purchased the Quail Hill Vineyard in 1980 and founded Lynmar Winery in 1990. In 2004, the winery launched a five year investment plan to complete a phased replanting of Quail Hill. An impressive new winery and hospitality center has been added. Winemaker Hugh Chapelle (and consultant Paul Hobbs) have brought Lynmar to a world-class level. All of the wines in the portfolio are superb, including a fine Rosé, a classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay, and serious Pinot Noirs 2004 marked the return of the Five Sisters bottling which has not been produced since 1999. It represents the best barrels in the cellar and is a homage to Lynn Fritz’s five daughters. · This is a wine of great power with waves of sappy current fruit and notes of tea and stylish spice. The mouth feel is refined and the notable acidity provides a clean and refreshing finish. A Pinot Noir of great pedigree with verve and punch to spare. One of my favorite wines tasted during the event. Reviewed August 6, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Lynmar Estate Five Sisters Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 390 cases, $100. Five Sisters is a tribute to the sibling bond of Lynn Fritz’s five daughters. The wine is a blend of the five best barrels from Lynmar’s Estate and top partner growers. Five vineyard sources are included: Hawk Hill (115 and Pommard) which formed the base of the wine, Jack Hill (115), Ferguson (mixed Dijon), Terra de Promissio (115, 777) and Quail Hill (old vine Swan selection). 10-30% whole clusters were kept in select fermentations, where stem ripeness warranted, to moderate extraction and add complexity. This special wine is produced only when the vintage and quality warrant. · Intense deep black cherry and dark berry aromas touched by oak, herbs and a little good barnyard. Very slow to open up. Almost viscous with intense darker fruits and structure to spare. Still sporting noticeable oak and tannins and not ready for prime time. I would check back in three to five years but if you must drink it now, spend some time with the wine and definitely decant it. Reviewed January 14, 2009 ARTICLE »

2004 Lynmar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 2674 cases, $36. Several select vineyards and Lynmar’s 42-acre Quail Hill Vineyard supply the fruit for this wine. Winemaking was traditional for California Pinot Noir (picked cold, de-stemmed, open-top fermenters, cold-soak, punch downs, MLF in barrel, aging on light lees, aging in French oak barrels, 30% new for 16 mo). A wonderful example of the new classy and refined style of Lynmar Pinot Noir. This was matched with sautéed boneless breast of Rocky chicken with Pinot Noir sauce, grilled vegetables, and rosemary roasted potatoes. · This Pinot is a terrific food wine. The aromatics feature ripe berries, cherries and herbs. There is the signature Russian River cola and spice in the background. Sleek and balanced with plenty of style and grace, the wine finishes with spice and vim. Reviewed November 26, 2006 ARTICLE »

2004 Lynmar Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 976 cases, $50. This wine is composed from the finest barrels from the best vineyard blocks in each vintage. There is plenty of Swan selection grapes in the final mix, along with Dijon clones playing a supporting role. The wine is aged 18 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Tasted at home. · This is a Pinot Noir of great breeding - a thoroughbred. It is a big, plush wine that, like all great wines, keeps getting better and better in the glass with air time. It is sophisticated, complex and balanced. There is more earthiness, mushrooms and minerality than in the above Pinot Noir. The texture is velveteen. This is a serious wine with years of bottle development ahead of it and I recommend cellaring it. Reviewed November 26, 2006 ARTICLE »

1996 Lynmar Five Sisters Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. A blend of the finest barrels from the Quail Hill Vineyard Reserve Block. · This wine has aged royally and is a delight to drink. The color has persisted with only a hint of mahogany showing through. Mature bouquet of raisin, tobacco smoke and a little funk. Demure berry flavors with notes of raisin, marzipan, mocha and subtle oak. Silky in the mouth with an uplifting finish due to complimentary acidity. Reviewed January 14, 2009 ARTICLE »