Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label

Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2002

  • WS96
  • RP95
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WS 96
Wine Spectator
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.
RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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+
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Marcassin, California
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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.

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