2008 Marcassin - Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

Utterly perfect, the 2008 Chardonnay Marcassin Estate is a dead-ringer for the 2007, but slightly richer and longer, as hard as that may be to believe. This extraordinary effort is unquestionably the "Chardonnay of the Vintage." In fact, it may be the "Chardonnay of the Decade." Brioche, nectarine, citrus and orange blossom notes intermixed with a liqueur of rocks, great acid, phenomenal concentration and staggering length result in a sublime Chardonnay that should drink well for 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2011-2026
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 193

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

A sweeping display of Chardonnay finesse, this is mature, with rich, expansive notes of fig, honeysuckle, roasted marshmallow and light toasty oak, turning creamy and delicate on the finish, with an aftertaste of anise.

Drink Dates: 2013-2016
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Cellarmate
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 03/31/2013
With mom on Easter- wow- YUMMY

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Rating: 100
Author: Freelen
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 11/09/2013
Amazing flavors, rich, yet nearly weightless and not cloying in any way.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Average rating: 97, based on 4 reviews
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374 bottles owned by 96 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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