2013 Lynmar Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1254996 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 ****#29 in Wine Enthusiast's Best of Year 2015 and an Editors' Choice**** This is a tremendous blend of various vineyard sites, coaxed together into a stunning combination of beautiful floral aromas, ginger and baked lemon. Given time in half new oak, it takes on flavors of apple and vanilla, never venturing out of range and remaining balanced and textured. (VB)  (12/2015)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2016 | Send Email
On our recent trip to Lynmar we were stunned by the overall quality of the wines they produce. They spare no expense and are fully dedicated to making top notch wines all from their Estate Vineyards. We have been big on their Pinot Noir for the last couple of months and our customers have responded to it in a big way making it one of the best selling Domestic Pinot Noirs of 2016. At this point we are very excited to bring you their 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay which we think is every bit as good and made in that same polished, rich, “something for everyone” style as the Pinot Noir. With a nose full of roasted cashew, apricot preserves and wet stone this has scope and breadth from the on set. Mouth filling and lush with toasty oak folded into flavors of peach pit, marzipan, lime pith and orange marmalade this is a “big” Chardonnay that surprisingly light on its feet. Never cloying or excessive in any way it gives the full flavored Chard fans something to rave about and the more classical fans something to think about. Win-Win

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2016 | Send Email
Key lime pie and blossoms on the nose. The perfect use of new oak gives the wine great richness and texture...gives that classic vanilla note to it. The fruit is still pure and unblemished. With green apples, pears and citrus on the palate which plays nicely with the long, generous and plentiful finish.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2016 | Send Email
Here's a wonderfully crowd pleasing Chardonnay nicely balancing beautiful ripe fruit classic creamy oak and a nice lemon cream edge over a nicely textured soft tannin frame. There is something for everyone in this Chardonnay, not too far in any direction and hitting the 'yum' bulls eye!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14