MARCASSIN ESTATE VINEYARDS CHARDONNAY

"What an extraordinary tasting this was at the Marcassin winery just north of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. Just when you think the duo of Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer can’t make greater wines, they bowl over the taster with an array of exquisite quality that really must be tasted to be believed. Marcassin was probably California’s greatest Chardonnay after the famous Chalone winery fell from the pinnacle and onto hard times in the 1980s (and it has yet to rebound). Moreover, Marcassin set the bar for great Pinot Noir as well. And while both their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have many competitors these days (from the likes of Harford Court, Mark Aubert, Kistler, Kongsgaard, DuMol, Thomas Brown, Peter Michael, Martinelli and Luc Morlet, to name a few), John Wetlaufer and Helen Turley remain the reigning geniuses of these two varietals in California. Certainly, their meticulous attention to detail in both the vineyard and in the winemaking and élevage account for the quality, but they were among the pioneers who saw the unlimited potential from the Sonoma Coast, now a relatively crowded neighborhood. This was a remarkable tasting that simply blew me away, and I have been following their wines since the first Marcassins were made in the early 1990s. By the way, any doubts about aging potential should be crushed immediately, as even in the most challenging vintages in California, Marcassin Chardonnays and Pinots have aged as well as, if not better than just about any grand cru white Burgundy.

The three Chardonnays tasted include two perfect wines. Perhaps the closest comparison is not to anything made in California, but a Corton-Charlemagne in a top vintage from the famous Jean François Coche-Dury." Robert Parker

 

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1999 Marcassin Three Sisters Chardonnay - 750ml
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1999 Marcassin Three Sisters Chardonnay - 750ml
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2000 Marcassin Three Sisters Chardonnay - 750ml
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2000 Marcassin Three Sisters Chardonnay - 750ml
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2001 Marcassin Three Sisters Chardonnay - 750ml
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2001 Marcassin Three Sisters Chardonnay - 750ml
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2008 Marcassin Three Sisters Chardonnay - 750ml
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2008 Marcassin Three Sisters Chardonnay - 750ml
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2010 Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay - 750ml
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2010 Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay - 750ml
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1997 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 750ml
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1997 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 750ml
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1996 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 100 pts - 750ml
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1996 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 100 pts - 750ml
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1998 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 100 pts - 750ml
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1998 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 100 pts - 750ml
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1999 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 750ml
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1999 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 750ml
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2000 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 98 pts - 750ml
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2000 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 98 pts - 750ml
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2005 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 99 pts - 750ml
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2005 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 99 pts - 750ml
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2007 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 99+ pts - 750ml
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2007 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay - 99+ pts - 750ml
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1993 Marcassin Lorenzo Chardonnay - 750ml
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1993 Marcassin Lorenzo Chardonnay - 750ml
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1994 Marcassin Hudson Chardonnay - 750ml
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1994 Marcassin Hudson Chardonnay - 750ml
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