1999 Marcassin - Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

The 1999 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge is composed of pure black fruits mixed with floral overtones. It is dense, opulent, and nearly viscous with extraordinary purity and concentration. It comes across as a New World version of perhaps Domaine de la Romanee-Conti's La Tache or Richebourg, or a Claude Dugat or Dugat-Py grand cru. It is an awesome effort that falls just short of perfection.

Drink Dates: 2000-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Dark garnet color, with a broad, rich, intense yet supple range of wild berry, anise, sage and mineral, picking up a touch of rhubarb and black cherry on the finish. Complex and concentrated, the finish exhibits tasty flavor nuances that linger on the palate. 228 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2009
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90?

($75) Medium red. Superripe, rather advanced aromas of raspberry, chocolate, mocha, smoked meat and underbrush. At once thick and penetrating, with complex flavors of raspberry, strawberry, minerals, smoke and spices framed by bright acids. Finishes dense, powerful and long. This held up reasonably well in the glass, but it's far more evolved than a 1999 pinot noir should be today.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
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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Rating: 94
Author: rcl
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/20/2014

Rating: 92
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
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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Rating: 89
Author: Reed D
Trust Rating: 98
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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Average rating: 91, based on 7 reviews
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134 bottles owned by 49 collectors.

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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: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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