2002 Marcassin - Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

A massive explosion of white flower, corn relish, orange rind, lemon butter and sea breeze-like characteristics jump from the glass of this light gold/greenish-hued 2002. Magnificent fruit, a full-bodied texture, and superb intensity as well as precision characterize this youthful, full-throttle Marcassin. It comes across like an exquisite Batard-Montrachet (although recent Batards I have tasted tend to be oxidized). The 2002 Marcassin has two decades of life remaining.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

Pale yellow-green color. Subdued but pure nose hints at beeswax. Round, full and pristine, with impressively deep flavors of quince, ginger, spring flowers, wet stone and hazelnut. Today this seems much more accessible, with more obvious sweetness of fruit, than the 2001. Finishes very long and rich, with a honeyed ripeness. Aged in 100% new barrels, but has plenty of material to support the oak.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

A rich, smoky, exotic style that serves up layers of ripe pineapple, mineral, citrus, tangerine and fig; for all its intensity and concentration, it's elegantly styled, ending with a creamy aftertaste. 325 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2009
Author: James Laube


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Average rating: 96, based on 3 reviews
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347 bottles owned by 126 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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