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Lynmar Winery

Lynmar Winery Lynn Fritz, an expert in global logistics and humanitarian relief efforts, and family purchased Quail Hill Vineyard in 1980 and, in 1990, founded Lynmar Winery to produce world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reflecting the character of the Russian River Valley appellation, and terroir of Quail Hill Vineyard. Our first commercial wines were released in 1996 with the 1994 vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our 42-acre Quail Hill Vineyard estate has long been recognized as a stellar vineyard in the region, and has superb qualities for growing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Once a source for some of the top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in the region, today, the estate is the exclusive source for our Lynmar Reserve and Quail Cuvée wines, as well as the foundation of our appellation-designated wines. Balance, both in the vineyard and winemaking, governs the Lynmar philosophy. Led by winemaker Hugh Chappelle, our winemaking team starts in the vineyard; managing vine-by-vine to optimize even fruit ripening, quality and balance. In the winery, Hugh prefers to let Mother Nature do the work. He handles the wine as little as possible and, again, strives to achieve balanced tannins, fruit qualities and natural acidity. The result is our characteristic Lynmar style; wines with character, full berry flavors and balanced qualities reflecting our Quail Hill Vineyard.

From San Francisco and South: Drive north on US 101. Take the CA-116 exit and drive on 116 for approximately 12 miles. Turn left onto Graton Road. The tasting room is located at 9060 Graton Road. From Santa Rosa and East: Take CA-12 West to Sebastopol. Go north on 116. Turn left onto Graton Road. The tasting room is located at 9060 Graton Road. From Healdsburg and North: Drive south on US 101 to Fulton. Take Fulton exit. Turn right onto River Road. Turn left onto Olivet Road. Turn right onto Guerneville Road. Turn left onto Vine Hill Road. Vine Hill becomes Mueller Road after half a mile. Mueller Road becomes Graton Road. The tasting room is located at 9060 Graton Road. From Bodega Bay and West: Drive east on Hwy 12, or Bodega Bay Hwy, to Sebastopol. Go north on 116. Turn left onto Graton Road. The tasting room is located at 9060 Graton Road.

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3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol, CA, US, 95472 Email:
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  1999 Requiem Pinot Noir
This wine is a feast for the senses, with hints of ripe blueberry, sweet red cherry and toasty oak. There is a slight earthiness that leans more towards sensuality than dirt. The finish lingers with long exotic spices, like sandalwood, clove, and Chinese herbs.
  Lynmar Quail Hill Vineyard Chardonnay
Focused aromas of lemon meringue, ripe cantaloupe, candied lemon zest and a touch of honeysuckle are woven between spicier, earthier elements of fresh baked rye bread, vanilla bean, baked apple, and a chalky minerality. The flavors are complex and subtle, revealing ruby red grapefruit and papaya intertwined with hints of ginger, clove, flint and a touch of white chocolate. There is a pronounced floral lily component from our several Rued clone blocks. The palate is viscous and rich, balanced by a backbone of acidity evident in the lingering finish. As with past bottlings, this wine should have a long life ahead of it. Drink from mid-2005 onwards.
  Lynmar Quail Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
This vintage of our Quail Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir has even more forward perfume than its highly acclaimed 2002 predecessor. There is a striking purity of cool-climate Pinot aromatics here. Notes of crushed ripe raspberry and tart pie cherry come immediately to mind with complex floral overtones weaving in and out of the nose as this wine opens up in the glass. Subtle accents of a coriander-like spice and toasty oak round out the profile. Flavors are juicy, yet not overripe in any way, with an uncommon minerality this year. Elegant, balanced extraction, and crisp acidity give weight and length without heaviness. Overall, a classic expression of our home estate and our distinctive area within the Russian River Valley. This wine will drink wonderfully upon release in the Fall of 2005 and, like previous vintages, will continue to improve with further bottle age. We expect a graceful and rewarding evolution over the next 5-10 years.
  Lynmar Russian River Valley Chardonnay
While philosophically related to the 2003 Russian River Valley bottling, the 2004 shows a marked increase in complexity and richness. Pure high-toned notes of pear blossom, Fuji apple and lemon curd are evident in the aromas, overlaying hints of anise, nutmeg, wet stone and pencil shavings. Oak is present but restrained, serving its proper supporting role. These flavors are reinforced on the palate, where white peach and apricot are at the forefront, complemented by hazelnut and a hint of toasted brioche. The long, delicate finish is fruit-driven with a hint of spice. The medium body and slightly creamy texture provide a nice counterpoint to the bright acidity. Drink now through 2007.
  Lynmar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
The light garnet hue is a first indication that this is not a big, over-the-top California Pinot Noir. The aromas really jump out of the glass—blackberries, cola, just-ripe plums and rose hips are framed by earthy notes of green tea, gunpowder and grilled asparagus. On the palate, pretty perfumed notes of sarsaparilla, strawberry jam, cardamom and lavender are really pushed out in front by the wine’s bright acidity, medium body and slightly earthy summer truffle low notes. The purity of perfume and fruit notes carries through the lingering finish, with a subtle toastiness in the background. This wine is meant to be accessible upon release, and should continue to improve through at least 2008.
  Lynmar Russian River Valley Vin Gris
Lynmar Vin Gris is meant to embody the spirit of summer. It is the perfect companion for a long, leisurely lunch, picnic or any activity by the water. Always finished dry, it can go with almost anything or simply nothing at all.


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