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Marcassin

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2012 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 99

Intensity, concentration and richness all backed up by layers of lushly textured, perfectly ripe, apples, pears, citrus and nuances of honeysuckle and vanilla. This should be better with a few more years of aging.

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2011 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 95

I could not wait to pop a cork on this bad boy, once it arrived. Rich, but not showing the same level of intensity as the last few, previous vintages, the wine serves up a healthy dose of fresh, yellow citrus, honeysuckle, tropical fruits and vanilla. Silky, lush and showy, this is ready to go.

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2010 Marcassin Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 96

This has the best vintage from this vineyard I've ever tasted. There is more than ample freshness to give a vibrant quality to the fresh, sweet, lemons, pears, apples and vanilla that permeate the wine. The finish is long, fresh, clean, combining minerality with lush textures, a hint of oak ripe citrus fruits and a hint of peach.

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2010 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 98

Blending concentration, rich textures, intensity, freshness and layers of sweet, perfectly ripe, citrus fruits, lemon peel, apples and pears, the oak has mostly faded away. The fresh, citrus, honeysuckle, vanilla and mineral elements in the finish really hang in there.

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The most mineral driven Marcassin Chardonnay I've tasted. The nose is complicated by honeysuckle, citrus peel, vanilla bean and orange spice. Full bodied, intense, rich and freshness and zip to the lively lemon, lime finish.

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2009 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 96

Vanilla, lemon chiffon pie, smoke, licorice, stone and green apple notes open the wine. On the palate, the wine is rich, sweet, and lush, with a pear and citrus peel finish. This is drinking great today.

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What an elegant charmer. Full bodied, ripe and luscious, but the fresh, squeezed citrus felt light on its feet. The oak had integrated, and the wine tasted as good as it felt.

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With loads of fat, round, lush, polished, sweet citrus fruits, lemon peel, vanilla and floral scents, the wine feels as good as it tastes, finishing with the right balance between freshness and ripe, sweet fruits.

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Packed with vanilla, fresh citrus, orange and honeysuckle scents, the wine is rich, creamy and concentrated, with a long, lush, fresh finish.

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Medium/full bodied, mineral driven, ripe, lively fruits, sweet, long and fresh and lift and character. This is drinking great today.

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Terrific expression of great California Chardonnay. It's ripe, tinged with vanilla bean, citrus and spice, the concentrated wine offers lush textures and the finish shows off its ripe, apple, pear, citrus and vanilla bean character.

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Lacking the concentration and intensity found in the 2008 and 2007, the fruit delivers what fans of California Chardonnay seek with its vanilla tinged, floral, citrus, pear, spice and round, soft, fresh lemon peel personality. Enjoy this now, or age it a few years.

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2009 Marcassin Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 94

Elegant, fresh, clean, pure citrus, floral and vanilla notes on the nose bring you to a refined, clean, crisp, lemon peel, green apple and pear wine that is fully ready to go.

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Lemon peel, vanilla and crushed rock scents pair with lush textures and and a vanilla bean and citrus finish. The big difference between this and its bigger sister is the level of concentration and complexity.

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Medium bodied, with a fresh citrus, buttered popcorn, vanilla and floral nose, the wine delivers sweet yellow fruits, lift and freshness from start to finish.

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2008 Marcassin Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 95

Lacking the concentration or depth of flavor found in the 2008 Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay, this is still a winner with its fresh citrus, vanilla,and buttery lemon dominated personality. Fleshy, rich and filled with sweet, fresh citrus fruits with a hint of vanilla on the back end, I often wonder how these wines will age. Sadly, I do not get enough bottles to find out. They are so good now, they do not last long in this house.

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2008 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 97

I still prefer the 2007, even with all the vanilla, citrus, stone and fresh grapefruit notes going on. The wine is rich, silky, long and balanced, but at least for today, the 2007 seems to offer more of an exotic quality. Regardless, both are about as good as California Chardonnay gets.

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Packed and stacked with layers of ripe citrus, lemon rind, vanilla, stone and flowers, this was is intense, mouth filling and rich. Yet, everything is in balance and focused. The long finish continues for at least 40 seconds. Popped and poured, the wine softened and came together with 30 minutes of air. At this stage, I prefer the 2007, but with another year or 2 in the bottle, the results could be quite different.

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2007 Marcassin Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 95

My last bottle of this beauty showed an appealing vanilla, citrus, floral and honeysuckle nose. The wine balanced fatness along with freshness, ending with sweet, ripe, citrus peel and white peach notes in the lush, fresh finish. This is drinking great now and should here for at least another 3-5 years.

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If this was not compared against the completely off the charts Marcassin, Marcassin from the same vintage, this could have been mind blowing with its fresh lemon, lime, honey uckle, butterscotch and mineral notes. Full bodied and concentrated with layers of polished, ripe, soft, citrus, apples, pears, spice and vanilla, this is a great example of California Chardonnay at its best

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2007 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 92

Bought on release and stored in a cold cellar, the wine was served double blind to an experienced tasting group. The wine seemed like it was much older, due to its golden color. Some of the freshness seems to have dropped, as I have tasted the wine often since release. One could still find ripe citrus notes, but clearly, this is on a rapid pace of maturity and should not be aged for years from this point forward.

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This is about as good as California Chardonnay gets. Rich, fat, incredibly concentrated with sweet, ripe, juicy citrus fruits, vanilla and rocks in the perfume, the wine has calmed down since it was initially released, ending with a long, fresh, blast of sweet citrus peel and oak in the ostentatious finish.

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Thrilling to taste and effortless to drink, this is the best bottle of California Chardonnay I have ever tasted! The wine is not over oaked, overdone or hot. Everything is in balance and harmony. The velvet, drenched, luxurious texture, feels like every berry was polished one at a time. The perfume is amazingly complex. The wine is incredibly concentrated. Your palate is coated with sweet, ripe, delicious fruit. But there is no sensation of heaviness. The is fresh and refreshing, with the perfect amount of acidity. This is a unique wine for Marcassin, that lovers of Chardonnay (and that includes fans of White Burgundy) need to taste. I'm a long time fan of Marcassin. This is streets ahead of any other vintage of Marcassin yet produced. It's a very, special wine. I'm not sure how long Marcassin ages. Part of the reason is, the bottles in my cellar are always consumed far too quickly. If I can keep my hands off a bottle or two, I'd like to see how this shows at 15 years of age. This could end up being the reference point wine for Helen Turley and Marcassin. It's also the final wine the young assistant winemaker, Matt Courtney was involved with from harvest to bottling and marketing. Matt Coutney left Marcassin in December 2012.

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If you're seeking an incredibly rich, dense, full bodied Chardonnay that offers fresh citrus, apple, minerality, vanilla and honeysuckle notes, coupled with waves of intense, silky, ripe, lush, pure fruits, look no further. This is packed and stacked with all the right stuff. One of these days I'm going to lay down a bottle or two and see how well these wines age. Sadly, or happily, they are so delicious, I just keep drinking them!

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2006 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 95

Lacking the depth and concentration, as well as the sweet layers of fruit found in the best vintages of Marcassin Chardonnay, this is still a treat. The soft textured layers of ripe citrus, apple, pear and tropical notes are further complicated with oak, stone and floral notes.

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2006 Marcassin Pinot Noir Blue-Slide Ridge Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 90

The fruit has clearly faded, there is more of a jammy, dusty, spicy character that is holding on, but will probably continue declining with age. This is not a wine I would hold, hoping for more development.

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2005 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 96

I seldom get to taste Marcassin at more than 10 years of age, primarily because they never last that long in my cellar. WHile the wine retains some of its oaky, vanilla accents, the freshness is more apparent. Full bodied, ripe and luscious, the smoke, thyme, lemon grass, apple and pear notes with crushed rock accents, really shine through.

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Vanilla, minerality, lemon rind, citrus, spice and floral aromas get your attention. Full bodied, thick and intense, this concentrated California Chardonnay keeps everything in balance and harmony with its plush, big, deep, rich, mouth filling, intense style.

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Deep yellow in color, with notes of honeysuckle, stone, lemon, apple, flowers and smoke, this concentrated, buttery California Chardonnay is rich, intense, focused and balanced, ending with a long, citrus oil and minerality finish. I am not sure more aging will add additional complexity, but the 2005 Marcassin should remain at this level for at least another decade.

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A powerful perfume filled with brown sugar, stone, roasted pears, apple, butter, coconut and toffee notes grabs your attention. Thick, rich, lush and sassy, this stunning California Chardonnay finishes with a blast of ripe, juicy tropical fruit and citrus. This is still young, fresh and vibrant.

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2005 Marcassin Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 93

Vanilla, tropical fruit, citrus rind, honey and floral scents pair well with the rich, soft textures. Lacking the level of intensity or minerality of the Marcassin Vineyard, the wine ends with a fresh, lemon, orange and spice sensation.

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Straw colored with scents of vanilla, citrus, butter and pears that required some coaxing. This full bodied Chardonnay ended with sensations of lemon, mango and minerality.

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2004 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 93

This last bottle from my order delivered the goods. The oak has long since disappeared, all that remains is was sweet, ripe, pears, apples and flowers. The offers ampe concentration, fresh, sweet fruits and soft, elegant, full textures.

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Fully mature, or perhaps slightly past its best days, the honeyed fruit in this medium bodied wine was clearly starting to fade.

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Pungent scents of pears, apples and citrus oil coupled with flowers and toasty oak. Intense, fat and concentrated, the wine finished with a ricly textured, lush, fresh sensation that is filled with ripe furit yellow fruits.

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The best California Chardonnay to share with visitors from other countries. They never see the wine in Bordeaux. They are very aware this is our benchmark Chardonnay. Deeply colored, with powerful notes of aromatics of ripe tropical fruit, vanilla, pears and floral scents. This very concentrated, fresh wine fills your palate with lush, ripe, pure fruit and ends with a long, clean, balanced finish. Everyone from Bordeaux remarked how much they liked the wine and that it did not show any heat, even with its high alcohol levels.

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2003 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 95

With about a decade of age, this outstanding wine remains fresh, young, vibrant and alive, with layers of ripe citrus, vanilla, honeysuckle and stone. Rich in texture and full bodied, I wish I owned a few bottles in my cellar.

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Thick, rich, plush opulent and spicy. Some oak. But, the layers of ripe, apple, citrus and pear fruit were exciting to taste

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2002 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 97

At close to 14 years of age, which is ancient for most California Chardonnay wines, this tasted years younger than its actual age. With vibrant citrus flavors, minerality, lemon peel and hints of vanilla, along with refreshing acidity, polish and length, it's a perfect ringer in a flight of white Burgundy.

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This slightly green tinted wine offers stunning levels of ripe fruit with a perfume featuring lemons, apples, species and flowers. Massive concentration with a rich, thick, balanced texture backed up by refreshing acidity

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2001 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 95

Grapefruit, lemons and flowers made for a nice perfume. Concentrated, full bodied and with touches of minerality, the wine ends with a blast of sweet, ripe citrus flavoirs.

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2001 Marcassin Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 94

This full throttle style of Pinot will never be confused with Burgundy, but, perhaps that’s why I liked it! This is not a wine of finesse, but one of powerful, ripe red fruits.

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1999 Marcassin Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 96

Mint, truffle, licorice, black raspberry, earth, spice and citrus notes open to a long, suave, mouth feel. The wine ends with licorice, black cherry and a note of fresh citrus. Tasted blind, this was an impressive Pinot Noir.

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1999 Marcassin Pinot Noir Blue-Slide Ridge Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 94

Black cherry, truffle earth, spice and coca aromatics led into a big, lush, powerful, high alcohol Pinot Noir. This is not a wallflower of a wine.

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1999 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 97

Soaring lemon, pear, apple, mineral aromatics. Depth, concentration and complexity. Mouth filling thick, rich and long.

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1999 Marcassin Chardonnay Gauer Upper Barn  (Alexander Valley) 95

Initially very tight for the first 20-30 minutes. A trait shared with the 97 Indigene. With time, notes of honeyed fruit and caramel. Very ripe and full bodied, almost dense. The fruit filled, finish was amazingly clean and pure.

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1998 Marcassin Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 91

Holding on to life, and its remaining fruity tightly, the butterscotch, flowers, orange citrus peel, pear and lemon notes are strong. The fruit is still sweet, and I like the freshness, that being said, this is already 20 years of age, so it is time to drink it, if you have any.

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1994 Marcassin Chardonnay Gauer Upper Barn  (Alexander Valley) 95

The Marcassin blew everyone at the table away! I do not drink much white wine, but I would drink this anytime, anyplace, anywhere. It had it all! The wine had a rich, oily, unctuous texture and a palate filled with ripe summer fruit with flavors and sensations that lasted on your palate.

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1993 Marcassin Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 89

With a gold, yellow hue, the wine offers a lime, honeysuckle, ash, rock and citrus character Fading, you now find sharper acidities and some bitterness in the finish. It is time to drink this before it drops more fruit.

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1992 Marcassin Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 94

Served blind, I was sure this was a high-quality, aged, white Burgundy. This debut vintage for Marcassin is loaded with ripe, sweet, lush, pears, apples, apricot, citrus peel, honeysuckle, butterscotch and marmalade. There is freshness and layers of fruit in every sniff and sip. At close to 30 years of age, this was a beauty to taste, and quite impressive, to say the lease.

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