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1999 Marcassin - Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir - USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast - Red

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USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast

Red Pinot Noir
Producer Notes

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... More »

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Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2011 VF: 2001-2009

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 114
Author rcl
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.2%
Tasted On 01/20/2014
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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.81%
Tasted On 02/24/2013

Probably a year past its prime but this fruit forward wine still has plenty of flavor. Finish not all hat it was.

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Author Reed D
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.532%
Tasted On 03/13/2007
Drink Dates 2006-2008

Tasted in 2007. Agree with Allen but there is some brickish aging going on, yet there is a Burgundian style to this wine that I really like. But, good persistance yet some flabby qualities. Really nice burger wine... Drink up before 2009

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 09/01/2004
Drink Dates 2008-2015+

A more brooding, darker, and masculine wine than the elegant and forward 98 Blue Slide. Reminds me of a riper version of the 1990 Pommard Les Rugiens from Armand and Aleth Girardin (still not close to maturity fyi). Slightly cloudy deep black/red colored wine with initially reticent aromas of stone, plum, earth, oyster shells, smoke, mint, rose, blood, sandalwood, sappy dark fruits, new oak, vanilla, and sweet anise biscotti. After airing, the wine?s aromatic profile changes with each time I nose it while all the while growing in complexity and magnitude. Tremendous (almost painful at present) concentration with persistent flavors of immature and unformed fruit and smoky oak. Tannins are considerable but the wine has more than enough power to counter the tannins. Acids are slightly higher than I prefer. The wine?s length is amazing ? you can taste the different nuances of fruit lingering on your palate for at least ten minutes after actually consuming the wine. The fact that this wine comes from young vines whets my appetite for more ? I wish these wines would be released earlier in their lives and on a more regular schedule. Despite its power this wine remains undoubtedly Pinot Noir. Needs time in the cellar to reveal all it has to offer ? drink 2008 to 2015+. The wine grows in the glass and keeps getting bigger and more aromatically complex with each passing moment. One of the most concentrated Pinot Noirs (without becoming a caricature) I have tasted.

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