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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004
Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 102951)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $359.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 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
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 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 2004 Pinot Noir Marcassin Estate probably will turn out to be the best, but it is the most backward and reserved. Dark plum/ruby in color with hints of sweet and sour cherries, raspberries, smoke, and gun flint, but with relatively crisp acids, moderate tannins, and a firm, rather masculine and structured style, this wine is austere, but it possesses serious weight and depth. I will be shocked if this doesn't jump 2 or 3 points in rating when I have it in a year or so from bottle. This is set for a long life, but I wouldn't touch a bottle for 2-3 years. Drink it over the following 10-15. It should prove to be uncommonly long-lived by California Pinot Noir standards.
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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.