While we were out in California tasting wines with Kathleen Inman (see Sonoma post) we asked her who she thought was making the most Burgundy-like Pinot Noir in the area. She said Lynmar Estate, so once we got home to DC we picked up a bottle of the 2006 Lynmar Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir for $49.99.
Kathleen's advice was right on. This is an elegant, incredibly interesting wine. It begins very softly, then immediately opens up to a vibrant, almost effervescent sensation filled with flavors of cherry and bark. It finshes with a zing due in part to the high levels of acidity present. (Tim is a big, big fan of acidity, when applied judiciously.) The Lynmar's earthy mellowness gives it versatility. It could be paired with anything from fish to light game. Not steak, though--red meat is probably too rich for its comfort zone. We give this an 8.0 out of 10.