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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
(search item no. 94718)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $349.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2003 Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard borders on perfection. Gorgeous floral notes intermixed with steak tartare, black raspberry, sweet cherry, plum, earth, and spice characteristics almost overwhelm the olfactory senses. Full-bodied with good acidity, sweet but present tannin, and a long, 50-second finish, this is a magnificent Pinot Noir. It's hard to choose between this cuvee and the Blue Slide Ridge 2003 Pinot. Bottom line ... life is too short not to have both.

Tasting at Marcassin with Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer is one of the more satisfying appointments a wine critic could have. This is commitment to excellence at its highest level. An unwavering, uncompromising brilliance and focus is reflected in not only meticulous work in the vineyard, but also in highly detailed winemaking that consistently succeeds in producing some of the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in the world. Even more interesting, since they have rarely given interviews, will be the two books that Turley and Wetlaufer are writing independently of each other. They possess an accumulation of knowledge and experience that is, as the advertising industry would say, "priceless." Hopefully some of that will soon make its way onto the written pages for future generations."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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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.