2006 Lynmar Winery Pinot Noir "Quail Hill Vineyard"
Winery: Lynmar Winery
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Quail Hill Vineyard"
Wine Category: Pinot Noir
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Russian River Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 1,419
KWG Score: 91.5 (based on 4 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)
Review date: September 7, 2009
Wine Review: This very dark purple colored Pinot was my favorite from a flight of wines I recently covered at the winery. It opens with an attractive strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very nicely balanced, and silky. The flavor profile is a very tasty blend of strawberry and light raspberry with a dash of spice sprinkled in. The finish is dry and its well managed tannins continue to build and stick around for quite some time. Pair this food friendly Pinot with a thick cut of prime rib. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: What we have in this wine is taut highly aromatic expression of our estate vineyard where elegance, balance, and structure are all seamlessly interwoven. While the color is "moderate" versus intensely deep, color has never been what this wine is about. Aroma and perfume are what sets this wine apart, and those qualities are more pronounced than any recent vintage. There is wonderful purity in the fruit and spice notes with strawberry, currant, red raspberry, and orange pekoe tea complementing the more classic cherry cola, baking spice, and floral characters. Flavors are nicely in line with the aromas and additionally include slight "pencil shavings" reduction, wet stone mineral notes, and very subtle well integrated toasty oak. The texture here is still youthfully firm but with a vibrant energy that clearly tells you its best days are ahead. Tannins are grainy but balanced and work with the brisk acidity that to yield an exceptionally long, flavorful finish.
Organic status: not organic
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