2003 Marcassin - Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard 750ml

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IWC 92(+?)   WA 96   WS 93   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

Medium yellow. Slightly reduced aromas of pineapple, biscuit and crushed stone; this smells like Schlossberg riesling. Then fat and rich but a bit reduced and warm today, and very difficult to taste. In a rather brooding stage and rather uncompromisingly dry, with a light saline element on the back. But the wine's clean flavors and firm minerality leave me optimistic for its future development in bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Light greenish gold in color, the 2003 Chardonnay Three Sisters shows orange blossom, crushed rocks, white currants, and hints of caramel and honeysuckle, with full-bodied flavors and zesty acidity. This wine can easily last up to a decade.

Drink Dates: 2006-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

A rich, full-bodied style, with a mix of ripe melon, fig and honeysuckle shaded by clean vanilla-tinged oak. Ends with a long, complex finish that for all its size remains elegant and refined. 294 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2011
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Burghound56
Tasted On: 01/13/2012

Rating: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/26/2010
Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Medium-gold. The wine was ethereal! Orange and lemon marmalade. Hints of white peaches. On the finish, the fruits come off as caramelized mixed with a hint of hazelnut. Very complex wine that kept on changing over the 45 minutes during which it was consumed

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

313 bottles owned by 123 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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