2001 Marcassin - Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

Satiny, ultrarich and deeply complex, with layers of floral, butterscotch, fig, apricot and pear flavors that are impeccably balanced; while the flavors are bold and concentrated on the entry, this wine turns amazingly elegant and sophisticated on the finish. Drink now through 2009. 200 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2009
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Crisp, with good minerality, definition, and subtle richness is the 2001 Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard. Orange blossom, marzipan, citrus oil, crushed stones, and a touch of smoky scents emerge from this full-bodied 2001. It offers beautiful honeyed richness, great definition, and a long finish. I even noticed a hint of papaya. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($75) Pale yellow with a green tinge. Subdued but very pure aromas of pineapple, clove and minerals. Larger-scaled and fatter in the mouth than the Upper Barn but quite dry, classic and closed today. This very rich, chewy chardonnay initially seemed a bit blurry with alcohol, but the fruit and mineral character emerged with aeration, and the finish is wonderfully full, sweet and long.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Average rating: 95, based on 3 reviews
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126 bottles owned by 65 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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