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2002 Marcassin - Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard

  • 100 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 74720-2002-750-1A
  • Burghound | Rating: 85

    A menthol and cherry cough syrup nose leads to mocha, plum, orange peel and chocolate-infused flavors that are big, dramatic and robust but not especially well-balanced as here the finish also stops rather abruptly. Not for me.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Fresh and lively, with blackberry, wild berry and light toasty oak aromas folded in with scents of earthy forest floor. This is intense on the palate without being heavy, finishing with a pretty burst of ripe boysenberry. Has exquisite balance and a long, lingering finish. 450 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Full, bright red-ruby. Knockout nose of raspberry, flint, spices, licorice and mocha; higher-pitched than the Blue Slide. Then big, broad, spicy and uncompromisingly dry; a voluptuously round, large-scaled pinot that's not yet as flamboyant as the Blue Slide. The most tannic of these 2002 pinots, but the tannins are outlasted by powerful, spicy fruit and mineral flavors. These wines have the texture and weight-not to mention complexity-of grand cru Burgundy
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    I have always felt that top vintages of Marcassin Pinot Noir have a resemblance to a Ponsot Clos de la Roche from a great vintage. While some may say that-s impossible, I have bought and drunk enough of Ponsot-s Clos de la Roche and Marcassin-s Pinot Noir to have confidence in making that observation. Moreover, the rumor from numerous top Pinot producers about the origin of the Dijon clones being Ponsot old vine material adds to my convictions. The 2002 Marcassin Estate Pinot Noir exhibits a dense plum/purple color to the rim in addition to a compelling bouquet of raspberry jam, black cherries, Asian spice and the tell-tale forest floor note which is clearly a characteristic of the Burgundian clones used at Marcassin. Full-bodied, opulent, multilayered and built like a skyscraper with a silky texture, this profound effort is one of the greatest Pinot Noirs ever made in the New World. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years, but there is no need to defer your gratification.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    An intensely colored Pinot Noir, w/ heady sweet notes of kirsch liqueur, toffee, strawberry jam and rhubarb pie. While very ripe and pushing its intensity to the max, there is a tantalizing underbrush streak and decent juxtaposed acidity that keeps things in symmetry. Certainly stemmed from Zinfandel sensibilities, but harnessed enough to pull it off
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Garnet in color. High rim variation. Medium legs. Raisin, Cherry. Raisin, Cherry. Medium/Full bodied. Smooth texture. Medium finish. Wine was balanced. Not too acid. Improved with 1hr aeration. Kirsch liqeur flavor noted as well
    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: rcl
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Soaring aromatics of dried porcini mushroom, earth & spices. Full bodied- almost came across as tannic. I loved the acidity in this wine. More earthy than fruity, but it did not seem in any danger of fading even at 11 years old. The finish was more than 45 seconds. Very impressive bottle.
    Author: Front Man
  • Self | Rating: 95

    wine is cloudy due to transportation. Given the handicap, it showed very well. Delicious and match really well with mushroom dish.
    Author: Seaway J
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

  • 824 bottles owned
  • 163 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 163 collectors)