Pure Lynmar – Air
A great wine begins in the vineyard, but where does a great vineyard begin?
When vines are planted in deep, well-drained soils, warmed by the sun on an exposed, sloping hillside, chilled by the cool embrace of dense, coastal fog, with surroundings as natural, beneficial, and diverse as the Laguna de Santa Rosa. When each element is honored through stewardship of the land, the whole becomes more than the sum of the parts. The result? PURE, LYNMAR.
(This blog post is part of a series – part 2 of 4) Click here to access part 1 – Earth
The Ebb & Flow of a Coastal Climate
Located just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Lynmar’s coastal climate factors greatly into terroir. In the weeks leading up to harvest, daily alternating air temperatures (called diurnal shift) allow grapes to ripen properly, without losing the acidity that lends structure and ageability to the wines. Balancing this equation for delicate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes is considered the ultimate test by many vineyardists.
Warming / Ripening: Daytime temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit are referred to as “degree days”. The culmination of degree days throughout the growing season allow grapes to ripen properly.
Cooling / Acid Development: Cool, nighttime fog slows a grape’s natural respiratory system. The cooling process preserves acidity and allows the grapes to reap the benefits of “a good night’s rest.”