Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 10/1/10

Hello and Happy Friday!

It is a very happy Friday indeed because I have a very special offer on a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that is a must buy for those who covet the wines of the region.

It seems like each year I have been finding some exceptional deals on wines from Russian River, one of my favorite areas in California for Pinot Noir. This year is no exception!

This Pinot Noir will appeal to those that like the more elegant side of Russian River Valley. I think this is amazingly tasty Pinot Noir for the price, and hope you take advantage of the deal while it lasts!

This are in stock and ready to go!

Have a great weekend,



The Russian River Valley has a variety of micro-climates within the region. Laguna Ridge is one area that is most notable for having a very cool micro-climate. This is where Lynmar Estate, and its owners the Fritz family reside. A 100-acre estate, with 47 of those in Laguna Ridge. The climate here is very specific, with fog an important element to cool mornings and slow grape development. Cooling breezes are also another factor as they help prevent mold and mildew.

Lynmar Estate, which was founded in 1990, has all the bells and whistles that a top winery in Russian River Valley should have. In 2005 the upgraded winemaking facilities came online, with a state-of-the-art gravity flow winery, 11,000 square feet of caves dug into the hillsides for aging, and a new hospitality center.

Lynmar produces four wines, two Chardonnay’s and two Pinot Noir’s. The one I am featuring on this newsletter, assembles grapes partially from Lynmar’s Quail Hill Vineyard, and also from a small group of local growers that they work closely with. The emphasis on the grapes once they are in the winery is to limit extraction and retain perfume and balance. Native yeast fermentation is an important element in complexity, and the secondary malolactic fermentation is done in barrel.

Every winemaker in Russian River Valley will begin their assessment of the 2006 vintage with the word difficult, and by the end of their statement usually tell you how much they love it. The reason is that this is a vintage in which hard work in the vineyard and winery paid off and resulted in the type of wines that winemakers usually like to drink themselves – elegant ones!

A very aromatic wine with notes of cherries, wild strawberries and baking spices on the nose. The fruit glides seamlessly across the palate, and is enhanced with some earthy notes of forest floor and spice. The acidity provides great snap, and makes this very easy to drink.

Speaking of drinking, this is a Pinot that is meant to be drunk right now! It will certainly develop some more in the next 2-3 years, but why wait?

This will work with a wide range of foods, from salmon, to simple roasted chicken, to red meat.
Stock up while it is still around!

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