2005 Marcassin - Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

A stunning bouquet of tangerines, brioche, wet rocks, honeysuckle, lanolin, white flowers and quince emerges from this young Chardonnay. With a light gold/green color, great acidity, a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, fabulous texture, and a 40+-second finish, the 2005 is still an infant in terms of development.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Complex aromas of fresh-cut flowers, melon, beeswax and ripe pear. Full-bodied and layered, fleshy and elegant, delicate and subtle.

Drink Dates: 2010-2014
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: RobertoClemente21
Tasted On: 08/22/2010
Tasted 8/18/2010...too young.

Rating: 98
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/26/2010
The most intense and profound chardonnay I have tasted. Deep, golden color. It had a combination of rich fruit and minerality that I have never tasted before. The only negative might be that it was too bold for those who prefer subtler chardonnay. Tasted alongside 05' Aubert Reuiling, which was also profound, but seemed a bit softer and easier to drink. 97-99

Average rating: 95, based on 4 reviews
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406 bottles owned by 116 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."

See other similar producers: Kistler Vineyards, Aubert, Flowers Vineyard and Winery

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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