Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2002

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 98732
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS96
  • ST96
  • RP95
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
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Critical Acclaim

"Shows amazing richness, depth and purity of flavor, with a concentrated mix of blackberry, red plum, wild berry and cherry kirsch. Intense, complex and deftly balanced, with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2013. 325 cases made."
96 Points

"Good bright red-ruby. Deep aromas of dark raspberry, smoke, truffle and porcini mushroom. Then highly concentrated, sweet and high-pitched, with a bright, sappy quality that comes as a surprise after the lower-toned aromas. Wonderfully dense, lush wine with intriguing saline and earthy nuances. Perhaps best today on the lush, fine-grained aftertaste, which features outstanding sappy length. This vineyard, developed jointly by Turley, Wetlaufer and the Martinelli family (Turley also makes a Blue Slide pinot under the Martinelli label), is increasingly looking like one of California 's handful of grand cru sites for pinot noir."
96 Points

"The 2002 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge, which I questioned last year because I thought it was picking up some volatile acidity, tasted superb. It offers black raspberry, blueberry, violet, and subtle damp forest floor notes, beautiful acidity that buttresses its superb richness, intensity, and ripeness, medium to full body, and a stunning finish. This Pinot has done a complete turnabout in bottle and is showing fabulously well, at the same time making me feel like a knucklehead for my comments last year. It should drink well for 7-8 years. 95+"
95 Points

Learn 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...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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