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

Winery: Lynmar Estate
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