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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 123530)
collectible wine
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $450.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points

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About Marcassin:

If you haven’t heard of Helen Turley, or tasted one of her wines, you’ve definitely not been paying close enough attention to the wines coming out of California in the last 10 years. She is arguably one of the most influential winemakers in the business, receiving critical acclaim for almost every wine she touches. Aside from her own boutique winery, Marcassin, which she runs with husband John Wetlaufer, Helen has been the consulting winemaker for some of the best wineries in the country – Colgin, Bryant Family, Martinelli – just to name a few.

Marcassin (french for 'young wild boar') is a VERY small winery – in fact it’s so small that the wines have actually been made at the Martinelli winery in Russian River Valley. Located on the Sonoma Coast, the Marcassin vineyard is planted to 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and is about 10 acres in size. Fruit for the other vineyard designated wines is sourced from other neighboring vineyards. Marcassin will always be a small winery; John & Helen feel the perfect size is 100 barrels, enough for 2,500 cases.

Helen’s winemaking philosophy is simple: great vineyards, meticulously farmed, limited yield, long hang time and natural yeast. She approaches every project with these same priorities.