1999 Marcassin - Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard 750ml

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WS 97   WA 95   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

Ultra rich and creamy, with layers of ripe, opulent fig, apricot, lemon, anise, mineral and hazelnut, all tightly wound in a focused style, finishing with a long, rich, luxurious aftertaste that reveals time and again a wonderful depth of complexity. 300 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2007
Author: James Laube

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

A light gold color with a greenish hue is followed by notes of tangerine, lanolin, orange rind, lemon butter and wet rocks in this ripe, youthful, full-bodied, zesty Chardonnay. Much younger than the 1997, but neither as complex nor profound as the 1998 or 1996, it should provide delicious drinking for another 10+ years.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/15/2009
Drink Dates: 2003-2012
wow. Pineapple and honey on the nose and palate. This wine is not going to get any better. Drink now.

Average rating: 96, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

182 bottles owned by 73 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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