2004 Marcassin - Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard 750ml

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IWC 97   WA 94   WS 94   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

Pale yellow-green. Knockout nose combines stone fruits, minerals, fresh herbs, honey, flowers, grilled nuts and earth. Round and lush yet racy and light on its feet, with compelling flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and crushed stone. A huge but classy wine with considerable finesse. Wonderfully rich yet subtle on the back end, where it stains the palate with fruits, minerals and soil tones.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2004 reveals the shortest, most abrupt finish of any wine in this vertical. Still young and medium to full-bodied, its notes of white peaches, crushed rocks, mandarin, corn and honeysuckle remind me of Coche-Dury's Corton-Charlemagne. It is a lovely wine, although it is more narrowly constructed than the greatest vintages of Marcassin Estate.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Weaves together a complex web of mature pear, fig and golden raisin, with mineral and hints of smoke and anise. Elegant, stylish, mature and focused. Medium- to full-bodied, ending with a subtle, delicate Meursault-like flintiness.

Drink Dates: 2009-2012
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Peter
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 04/17/2010
a little dumb - perhaps too cold - not sure was as good as I was expecting

Rating: 97
Author: RhoneRanger
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/02/2010

Rating: 94
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/05/2014
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Light gold. Big tropical fruits fill the air and the glass. Medium finish. Not as complex as other Marcassins. Might be in a half dumb stage

Average rating: 95, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

476 bottles owned by 149 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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