2005 Lynmar Chardonnay | VailDaily.com

2005 Lynmar Chardonnay

Jarrett Osborn

The Russian River Valley in Sonoma County is one of the best regions in California for Chardonnay. The relatively cool temperatures allow the grapes to ripen fully, but retain lovely acidity and minerality. The 2005 Lynmar Chardonnay is a great example of this, a medium-bodied white wine with spicy and toasty oak, silky pear and Meyer lemon, light toffee and hazelnut, and a crisp, mineral finish. In the mix is a favorite nuance: Parmesan cheese! Not a handful, mind you, just a hint, more a texture than a strong flavor. Just wonderful. The overall impression is elegance, balance, and richness.

The Lynmar is a great wine with baked brie, trout almondine, roast halibut, or roast chicken. And, gee, what are the odds, this wine pairs well with turkey! Yes, this is a great choice for Thanksgiving dinner, and it is that time to plan your meal. The Lynmar Russian River Valley Chardonnay is $33.

Lynn C. Fritz purchased the 42-acre Quail Hill Vineyard in 1980, selling the grapes until 1990, when he founded Lynmar Winery. Winemaker Hugh Chappelle and consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs are both cool climate specialists, dealing in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir almost exclusively. Mr. Chappelle ferments 60 percent of this wine in stainless steel tanks and 40 percent in French oak barrels, only a quarter of which are new. The wine stays in separate lots for nine months of ageing, when it is blended and bottled. This process retains the lovely natural acidity and crispness of the fruit, while adding just the right amount of toasty oak.

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