2004 Marcassin - Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard 750ml

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2004 Marcassin - Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 95+

Deep red-ruby color. Initially reticent nose opened spectacularly to show raspberry, mocha, minerals and smoke, along with sexy underbrush and forest floor elements. Began broad but closed and hiding its sweetness but with aeration showed outstanding volume, a seductively spherical texture and a restrained but nonetheless compelling sweetness of raspberry and underbrush flavors. Denser and finer-grained than the Blue Slide Ridge bottling; not obviously superior today but will probably surpass it five years down the road. Finishes with outstanding length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 100

To quote my original tasting note, the 2004 Pinot Noir Marcassin Estate is -utterly profound.- Still youthful, this adolescent hits all the sweet spots on the palate as well as the olfactory senses. Dense plum/purple-colored with notes of Asian soy, porcini mushrooms, roasted meats, barbecue spices and lots of blueberry, plum, raspberry and black currant fruit, it is a deep, full-bodied, opulent tour de force in winemaking. Its youthfulness suggests it will continue to drink beautifully for at least another 15-20 years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 213

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Wine Spectator | 93

This complex Pinot shows a mix of forest floor, porcini mushroom, dried currant and berry, with touches of smoke, anise and new oak. Pure, focused and concentrated, this is still very tightly wound, ending with a supple texture and a scent of rose petal.

Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Author: James Laube


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Score: 99
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 09/09/2011
Bottled orgasm!
Score: 97
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Powerful, bright, complex, and persistent aromas of sweet fruit (blackberry), high toned caramel, French vanilla ice cream, and gravel with hints of dark roasted coffee plus something that I just can't put my finger on - its a moving target - that is enchanting nonetheless. Mouthcoating flavor echo the nose and last for a considerable amount of time. Very impressive and frankly this wine is as good as New World Pinot Noir gets.
More Vintages and Sizes of Marcassin - Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard:

2009 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)

About This Producer


One of the most influential mavens of modern California winemaking, Helen Turley creates in Marcassin wines that are among the most sought-after in California. Though the wines are made following a traditionalist Burgundian style, they are unique, complex representations of California Pinot and Chardonnay. Turley's straightforward winemaking philosophy is, "...great vineyards, meticulously farmed, limited yield, long hang time and natural yeast."

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