2006 Lynmar - Chardonnay Quail Hill Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($40) Yellow-gold. Mineral-dominated nose evokes white peach, lemon, pear and brown spices. Tangy but at the same time rich, offering powerful orchard and pit fruit flavors along with a nervy citrus zest undertone. Finishes with good grip and lingering mineral and lemon rind notes.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/10/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2012

Average rating: 89, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

46 bottles owned by 36 collectors.

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About This Producer

The Fritz family founded Lynmar Winery in 1990 to produce world-class wines reflecting the character of the estate Quail Hill Vineyard and the Russian River Valley appellation. Quail Hill is a unique site in the region and is the exclusive source for the Reserve and Estate wines, as well as the foundation for the appellation-designated wines. The vineyard possesses superb qualities for growing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The combination of the vineyard's soil composition, long growing season, dramatic elevation changes, and clone and rootstock selections make it a prime location for growing these varieties.

The character of the estate vineyard guides the signature Lynmar style for all of the wines; red wines with rich, full, deep, ripe berry flavors with natural acids and soft tannins, and white wines with balance, composition, and expressiveness.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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