Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard RRV Pinot Noir 2012
Lynn Fritz first purchased Quail Hill Ranch and Vineyards in 1980, drawn to the maritime climate and the authenticity of the rolling Russian River vineyards. The property has some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines planted in the Russian River Valley. The grapes from these early vines were bought by Tony Soter and Merry Edwards to make wines considered to be some of the best in the Russian River Valley. Lynmar began a small winemaking activity in the early 1990s and produced small amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which were extremely well received. Over the next 35 years, Lynn purchased several contiguous properties, which have been amalgamated into a single stunning estate bordered by the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed.
All 14 of Lynmar’s Pinot Noir clones were selected to craft this signature Estate blend, representing the expression of Russian River Valley. A rich deep Ruby red with aromas of dark berry fruit, and rustic spices. The 100% Pinot Noir wine was aged on French oak for 14 months, (35% new) before bottling in December 2015. On the palate, the wine was medium+ in weight and shows sweet cherry, plum and blackberry. The Pinot had velvet tannins encircled by lively acidity and a touch of pepper and gentle oak giving the wine tremendous depth and balance. An elegant wine that with great length on the finish. Extraordinary! Only 828 cases were produced!