August 21, 2014

Returning once again to the San Francisco Bay, this year’s Advocates Club Appreciation Gala was held at the St. Francis Yacht Club looking out to the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. A festive and memorable evening, we celebrated with wine, food, dancing, and outfits inspired by the 70’s TV show ‘The Love Boat’.

Indeed, the love was shared throughout the event.

July 30, 2014

The Common Black Hawk soaring over Lynmar. Photo by Tom Reynolds.

Earlier this summer, bird watchers gathered at Lynmar Estate to observe an extremely rare sight: a mother Common Black Hawk perched in the trees neighboring Lynmar Estate and the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Over the course of several weeks, both the mother and her offspring lived safely in a nest some 80+ feet off the ground, but they were visible thanks to some birders with powerful camera lenses.

The location of the nest (circled in white) in relation to the rest of the estate.

The offspring was a hybrid from a Common Black Hawk female and a Red Shouldered male.

The offspring residing in the nest: a hybrid between a Common Black Hawk (mother) and a Red Shouldered Hawk (father). Photo by Tom Reynolds.

Footage of the Common Black Hawk and offspring courtesy of Tom Reynolds.

We are always grateful to be in the presence of majestic creatures like these. Whether they are owls, chickens, or other winged animals, their presence is further proof of the special allure of this area.

July 17, 2014

Posted by Patrick Finney, Design and Communication Manager

Photo by George Rose

Last weekend, in front of over 350 wine bloggers, professional writers, wineries, and other industry members, The Lynmar Life was named the “Best Winery Blog” at the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference! It was an honor to be recognized as a finalist among the compelling and well-written winery blogs by Jordan, La Crema, Ridge, and Bonny Doon. All of whom are passionate about telling the story of wine and winemaking. Winning this award is the result of many contributors at Lynmar sharing their talent and time to tell the stories taking place here and of course our beloved friends and advocates who cast their vote last month! We share this award with all of you.

In the whirlwind of winning the award, I cannot overlook how incredible the conference was, thanks to the seamless execution by Allan Wright and his crew at Zephyr Adventures. See below for a visual journey through the conference.

Thank you again to all of those who voted and those who read this very young compilation of people and stories at Lynmar. We love sharing it with you and we look forward to the many more we stories have to publish.

Until next year, #WBC15 #FLX ! Cheers!

July 10, 2014

The 2012 Old Vines Pinot Noir displays a deep garnet color with an exuberant nose. The voluptuous aromatics are focused on Rainier cherry, strawberry, and red apple skin. The mid-palate explodes with elements of raspberry, cola, rhubarb, and baking spices. The firm finish lingers with accents of cranberry, forest floor, and cloves.

The Epitome of the Russian River Valley
Pinot Noir

Shane Finley, Winemaker

The opportunity to work with 40-year-old Pinot Noir vines is extremely rare. The low-yielding and gnarly vines struggle each year to ripen the grapes, but in the end the Pinot Noir that arrives in the winery is impeccable.

Our Old Vines block produces wines of pure red fruit character and grace. As such, we endeavor to use fermentation techniques that highlight these qualities.

Our punch-down regime is usually more delicate during primary fermentation so we do not over-extract the wine. We do not use any whole cluster fermentation because we do not want to interfere with the bright red fruit characteristics. When choosing barrels, we match light and medium toast French oak with the Old Vines to create an integrated and complimentary oak profile. Finally, we age the Old Vines for 15 months to allow the intense core to evolve into its fullest expression.

In the end, the Old Vines cuvée is a testament to the history, as well as the future, of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Age-worthy Vines

Jason Saling, Vineyard Manager

The vines have been converted to Cane pruning from the ancient cordons that were covered in moss and lichen and since so doing have been very happy to produce abundant, fertile, flowering clusters. They have large and expansive root systems that quite evidently fill the entire soil profile. While soil moisture isn’t overly abundant, the vines have little to now competition, except their neighboring vines, for water and soil nutrients. Therefore, we can still dry farm these vines 40 years later.

However, given their age, we thin aggressively and approximately 40% of the fruit is dropped each year to yield an average of 2.5 tons per acre.

In the Beginning…

Lynn Fritz, Proprietor

What is now called the ‘Old Vines Block’ was originally planted in 1974 by Stan Atkinson, the well-known CBS News Anchor who was the prior owner of Quail Hill Ranch. Since he decided to dry farm his vineyard, he used St. George rootstock which is designed for such use and was able to persuade Joseph Swan to give him some of his best Swan Clone bud wood.

The original purchasers of the fruit were Merry Edwards, when she was at Matanzas Creek, and Tony Soter at Étude.

We farmed the vineyard since we purchased the property in 1980, and after 14 years of witnessing the spectacular results that Merry and Tony were able to produce with our fruit, we decided to build Lynmar Winery and have used this block as a key part of our wine program for the past 20 years.

In essence Lynmar Estate began because of this iconic block in our vineyard that now is home to 14 clones of Pinot Noir.

July 03, 2014

The terroir of Lynmar Estate is proven ground for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With the estate gardens supporting a variety of fruit trees, vegetables, and herbs, it is further testament that this area is a special, blessed plot of land capable of growing exceptionally farmed foods.

In 2013, on top of a prolific vintage in the vineyard, the garden crew tended our estate olive trees to the highest olive yield harvested at Lynmar Estate. Every year, an oil is pressed and made available for the kitchen. This year, we are proud to make our first public offering of Lynmar Estate’s olive oil. It is now available in our Tasting Room while supplies last.

Limited to only 15 cases, this rare bottling of estate-grown olive oil epitomizes the pursuit of high quality hand-craftsmanship from beginning to end. Not only were the olive trees cared for and harvested by Lynmar’s own crew, the bottling was done by estate Chef David Frakes and the packaging designed by our communications manager Patrick Finney. Each bottle is individually numbered and labeled with original artwork illustrating the unique landscape surrounding the estate.

Expressing the nuances of an entire growing season, the 2013 Lynmar Estate Olive Oil is fresh and “fruity” to start with a pleasantly bitter mid-palate and a mildly spicy finish. Overall, this is a very well-balanced olive oil that works great as a finishing olive oil or in delicate dressings.

With each year, the cycle of farm to harvest to bottle is observed and recounted to tell the story of each unique vintage. We are accustomed to small-lot productions of our ultra-premium Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays and with our ultra-limited lot of olive oil, we are all the more appreciative of these rare gifts the terroir has to offer.