Lynmar Winery Quail Hill Cuvee Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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 & Spirits - "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. "
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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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 making and aging ultra-premium wine. The gorgeous borders that surround the vineyards attract beneficial insects and hummingbirds, providing a natural barrier from pests.
Our vision is two-fold: (1) to meticulously caretake all the elements of the Estate, and continue to perfect and enhance the nuances of our winemaking, (2) to share it with people from all over the world who come here to have the experience of wine, food and place with a communion of friends, families, and colleagues. View all Lynmar Winery Wines
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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 Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.