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Situated on a unique and picturesque site with rolling vineyards bordered by the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, Lynmar Estate’s focus is on producing top-notch Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Based on the selection of offerings our panel tasted, we’d say they are doing quite well in meeting that standard.

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Lynmar Estate 2012 Quail Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay

Region: Russian River Valley, California

Price: 50-55

Tasting Notes:

The nose offers aromatics of pineapples, peaches, and apricots that are accented by traces of honey and citrus blossoms. A sip reveals flavors of peach, apricot, and passion fruit that unfold into suggestions of lemon custard, fresh bread, and white blossoms. Lush and layered, it’s a lovely Chardonnay. 1,292 cases produced

Rating: 92

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Lynmar Estate 2013 Pinot Noir

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River Valley, California

Price: 35-40

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of plums, black cherries, and strawberries mingle with notes of cola, tea, and earth on the nose. Flavors of strawberry, plum, and cherry emerge on the palate, alongside whispers of clove, cola, and spice. A welcoming acidity and supple tannins, make it a fine choice to pair with roast chicken, turkey, or duck. 2,359 cases were made.

Rating: 89

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Lynmar Estate 2012 Quail Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River Valley, California

Price: 55-60

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of cherries, plums, cola, and spice greets the senses. The palate showcases flavors of cherry, plum, and raspberry that interweave with allusions of cola, white pepper, and creamy oak. Dark and opulent with plush tannins, open a bottle with a variety of mushroom dishes. 2,360 cases produced.

Rating: 90