Lynmar Estate Winery Gala Dinner

Lynmar Wine Club Dinner Summer 2009

 … or why you should join wine clubs.

On August 29 we were blessed to be able to attend a club member appreciation dinner at Lynmar Estate Winery (just outside Santa Rosa).  Our hosts, winery owners Lynn and Anisya Fritz, provided a sumptuous meal in their elegantly modern winery with a stunning view of mountains to the east and of bio-intensive vegetable gardens all around.   What a terrific evening!  What terrific wine!. Rather than try to describe the event  in a thousand words, I’ll just put up a link to my Facebook slideshow

For the record, the Lynmar wines served with dinner included:

  • 2006 Russian River chardonnay: The best of what we love about Lynmar.  Just a hint of oak overlays citrus aromas and flavors of ripe fruit.
  • 2008 Rosé of Pinot Noir: Excellent balance between rosé lightness and pinot noir flavors. Very dry.
  • 2004 Quail Hill chardonnay: Somewhat more oak than the 2006 Russian River, but aging has smoothed this excellent vintage.
  • 2006 Russian River Valley pinot noir: More of the best of what we love about Lynmar.  Aromas of dark fruit followed by an explosion of blackberries and plums on the palate.
  • 2007 Quail Hill pinot noir: Actually still a bit young… as it was just released.  Age it a few years and it will be terrific.

About the author

Tony Lima has been a California wine fan since arriving in California from the east coast in 1974. He's lived the growth and expansion of the West Coast industry first hand. He's seen the fickle California Wine consumer fads pop up and burst... the craze for Zinfandel, then oaky Chardonnay, then Merlot, now Pinot Noir. On behalf of fellow Californian oenophiles, he hunts for great pinot noir and great values in pinot noir all along the West Coast. His day job is Professor of Economics at California State University located in Hayward. His undergrad degree in chemical engineering (MIT) and his MBA (Harvard) and Ph.D. Economics (Stanford) are the root of his interest in the Business of Wine. He is a card-carrying member of the AAWE - American Association of Wine Economists.

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