1997 Marcassin - Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Revealing a tell-tale greenish hue to its deep gold color (which is more mature and older looking than the 1996s), the 1997 exhibits aromas of roasted hazelnuts, smoke, brioche, honeyed melons and honeysuckle. Although it is neither as complex nor compelling as the 1996 (it's hard to follow an utterly perfect wine), it is a full-bodied Chardonnay offering notes of liquified tropical fruit, good acidity, and a slightly more monolithic quality than its older sibling.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Impressive complexity, finesse and depth of flavor in this wine, with a mix of rich, mineral, fig, anise, citrus and smoky campfire notes (right down to the toasted marshmallow nuances). Holds its focus nicely on the long, rich finish, mixing youthful flavors with mature ones.

Drink Dates: 2002-2005
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

Very complex nose hints at yellow plum, crystallized pineapple, coconut, clove, honey and nut skin. Very dense and very dry, with subtle flavor and a dusty impression of extract suffusing the entire palate. Not showing the sheer personality of the '96 at a similar stage, but this very rich, long wine is still quite closed.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Average rating: 94, based on 3 reviews
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72 bottles owned by 37 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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