2012 Lynmar "Quail Hill Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Honeysuckle and jasmine pique interest aromatically before luscious, linear waves of vanilla, caramel and lemon custard graciously interject, buoyed by ample acidity and a lush texture. This Chardonnay offers generous richness alongside high-toned minerality, and is a delicious go-to for buttery lobster dishes.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light yellow-gold. The deepest and richest of this set of chardonnays, displaying scents of ripe pit and orchard fruits and a honeyed nuance. Ample and broad in the mouth, offering intense peach and Meyer lemon flavors that turn spicier with air. Clings very nicely on the finish, with the lemon note echoing. Winemaker Shane Finley took over from previous winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez-Rave in early 2012 so this is the first set of releases that fully bear his fingerprint, from flowering to bottling. I asked him what he thinks will differentiate his wines from past Lynmars and he responded that he's looking for a little less upfront, flamboyant character, lighter toast to the barrels and more structure in the wines "but without making them strict." He started off with a great model, he said,"so it's more a matter of tweaking things than making 180-degree moves." There's a Kanzler vineyard bottling for the first time in 2012, by the way, which is fruit that Finley knows well from his Kosta-Browne days.
Tight and flinty, with snappy green apple, pear and honeydew melon flavors and light toasty oak. Very complete, ending with a delicate aftertaste. Drink now. 1,292 cases made.