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1999 Marcassin - Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard

  • 95 WA
  • 94 WS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 74720-1999-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating:

    ($90) Medium red; like the Blue-Slide Ridge, a bit dull. Distinctly oxidative nose dominated by smoked meat, maple syrup and nutty oak. Thick, silky and large-scaled but tired, with broad flavors of spice cake and maple syrup. Tastes like a very old Burgundy. (A second bottle was distinctly dry-edged on the finish.) These two '99 pinots, unmanipulated and alive with micro-organisms, may well have been bottled with insufficient sulfur.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Medium garnet in color, smooth and supple on the palate, this is an elegant, delicate style that slowly builds intensity and richness, offering hints of sage, black cherry, candied apple and pretty floral and tealike nuances that pick up a trace of beef carpaccio. Long, focused aftertaste has lots of flavor. 418 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Rating: 95

    The 1999 Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard is less flamboyant than the ostentatious Blue Slide cuvee. It exhibits more animal, plum, raspberry, and earthy characteristics (meaty porchinis come to mind) in its broodingly backward, mineral-dominated personality. Additionally, there is great structure and purity, as well as layers of fruit and intensity.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 86

    Surprisingly, this was already browning though the nose does not seem unduly advanced as it's both elegant and sweet. The medium full flavors offer excellent intensity, average complexity and a lot of warmth on the finish, which is somewhat marred by a good deal of rather prickly acidity. While this is certainly drinkable, it's a disjointed wine at present.
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2004
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Decanted several hours before drinking. Was silky smooth on open but got richer and filled out with a few hours. Very smooth black friut. Color has faded a bit but wine is far from tired. Added after finished. Opened too early. Wine faded after about four hours. Need to open and drink next bottle.
    Author: Tbone200
  • Self | Rating:

    Rich in fruit and terroir-- a are combination in a California Pinot noir. My favorite of the California Pinots.
    Author: PLevensohn
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Singularly the Pinot I have ever had.
    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Slightly cloudy medium red color. Intense, complex aromas of cherry, plum, vanilla, rose, smoke, violet, mineral, and soy sauce. Ethereal but with serious staying power. Sweet dark caramelly fruit in the mouth with some wood. Viscous but balanced. Simply stunning - the definition of grace and power.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2011
    Author: Daniel B
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 407 bottles owned
  • 81 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 81 collectors)