2006 Marcassin - Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard 750ml

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WA 96   WS 93   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The 2006 Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard (700 cases) possesses a superb texture in addition to abundant amounts of popcorn, white currant, hazelnut, and tropical fruit blossom characteristics, superb purity as well as acidity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a beautiful finish. In a vintage that was challenging for many California Chardonnay producers, the Three Sisters and the 2006 Marcassin Estate Chardonnays stand out as candidates for "wines of the vintage." Given the history of the vintage and the challenging conditions for Chardonnay, I would suspect these wines will evolve quickly by Marcassin's standards, meaning they are probably best drunk in their first decade of life.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 187

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

A rich, full-bodied style, showing melon, spice and green apple flavors, with a slice of citrus. Clean and alluring, building depth on the finish, where the smoke and roasted fig flavors become more prominent.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: G
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/24/2014

Rating: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/12/2013
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Yellow color. Amazing complexity. Very long. Full fruit attack of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, etc) mixed with light oak. Delicious

Rating: 92
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/22/2012
A bit of mineral on the first impression, leading to a hazelnut, smoked butterscotch, and white fruits. Clearly this chard has shed its baby fat and become more nuanced. Drink now.

Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

262 bottles owned by 68 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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