2003 Marcassin - Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96(+?)

Medium yellow-green color. Lovely fruit-driven aromas of peach, lemon, pineapple and clove offer noteworthy complexity and excellent lift. Then fat, rich, dry and improbably full in the mouth, with harmonious acidity framing and lifting the nuanced flavors of pineapple, lemon, flowers, honeysuckle and stone. Finishes quite dry and extremely long, with an impression of underlying power. This may ultimately need more aging than the 2004.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

An evolved medium gold color (no greenish hue) rivals a handful of the older looking Chardonnays that were a rarity in this vertical tasting. More honeyed brioche notes are intertwined with notions of damp earth, dense, rich fruit and tighter aromatics. Well-made, full-bodied and rich, but monolithic, it will last another 5-10 years, but I doubt it will be one of the most brilliant wines of the group.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Creamy-textured, with hints of vanilla, anise, pear and melon that are intense, focused and concentrated. Still young and tight, showing great intensity and persistent flavors. 335 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2011
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/23/2008
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Honeysuckle and wildflowers. Structured palate with no flabbiness, great finish.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 97
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Drink Dates: (06-21)

Rating: 96
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/22/2012
Maybe the consistently best Chardonnay in California. Distinctly new world in style, but restrained. Remarkably smooth, with baking spices and honeysuckle notes. Still going strong

Rating: 92
Author: clover
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/01/2009

Average rating: 95, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

398 bottles owned by 144 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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