Lynmar Winery Quail Hill Cuvee Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 106122
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • W&S94
  • WE93
  • ST91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's 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.

Critical Acclaim

"Hugh Chapelle took over as director of winemaking at Lynmar in 2004, after a successful run at Flowers. He makes Quail Hill from the estate vineyard on Laguna Ridge, first planted in the early 1970s. This 2005 is round, rich and fragrant when first opened, with the deep textural satisfaction of great Russian River pinot noir. The substantial dark cherry and black raspberry flavors gain richness from the equally dark, chocolate savor of the oak. The combination forms a delicious bond, balanced, harmonious and lasting, built to cellar. If you open it now, decant the bottle for roast chops from pasture-raised Berkshire pigs. "
94 Points

"This is just too young to drink now. The interplay of the acids and tannins locks down the flavors and make a sting on the palate. But there is the terrific core of flavor, of ripe blackberries and cherries, of red and black currants, of cola and root beer and licorice, that will emerge in time, making for delicious drinking. Best 2009–2013, possibly longer."
93 Points

"Bright red. Intense raspberry, strawberry, cherry and rose aromas display liqueur-like depth and intensity; picks up smoke and fresh meat qualities with air. Fleshy and dense but with impressive lift to the ripe red and dark fruit flavors. Expands and deepens on the sweet, supple, inviting finish. These are old Swan clones, probably planted in 1972, according to Chappelle."
91 Points

Learn About Lynmar Winery

Lynmar Estate is situated on a unique and picturesque site with rolling vineyards bordered by the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed. The vineyard,with vines over forty years old, 15 clones of Pinot Noir and 4 clones of Chardonnay has an array of canopy and rootstock combinations that yield exquisite fruit. Our state-of-the-art, gravity flow winery and caves is an ideal environment for...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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