Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

$299.99

Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer's legendary Marcassin now available in limited quantities.  Always one of the highest-rated Chardonnays in California. 97 Points Robert Parker: "The 2011 is a great Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard from a much-maligned and sometimes excessively criticized vintage. 2011 has its low points, but there are many producers who got it right, and survived the challenging growing and harvest conditions. This wine has phenomenal intensity, with plenty of crushed rock, pineapple, honeysuckle, orange and tangerine blossom in an elegant, medium to full-bodied style, with terrific intensity, good acidity and freshness. This is more evolved than either the 2009 or 2010, and probably will be a candidate for 7-8 years of aging, rather than 10 or more... ...The visionary husband and wife team of John Wetlaufer and Helen Turley have created a largely unprecedented legacy of extraordinary quality that is unsurpassed by anyone else in Northern California. They have built a winery in Windsor, California in Sonoma Valley with 20 acres of vines situated high above the fog line, on the Sonoma Coast. They were among the first to recognize the extraordinary potential for world-class quality wine production on the Sonoma Coast. Their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines are planted at elevations between 800 and 1,400 feet. The plantings are either 5 x 8 or 3 x 6.5. The Chardonnay clonal material is dominated by Old Wente, but there are also selections from the Hyde, Mt. Eden, Dijon 95 and Dijon 76 clones. The Pinot Noir clonal material is dominated by the Calera selection, with some Old Swan that came via the old Martin Ray clone that came via Dehlinger and Kistler. The second part of their 20-acre vineyard was planted, at least for the Pinot Noir, largely with the Calera selection as well as the newer Dijon clones 777 and 667.The winemaking techniques are clearly artisanal and very Burgundian, although these Chardonnays tend to age better than most white Burgundies made since 1996. I tasted two vintages, the Three Sisters, which is a Martinelli-farmed vineyard from which they will no longer be using fruit, in addition to their profound estate vineyard. 2010 produced just over two tons of fruit per acre and was a vintage that appears to be slightly more intense and have a higher ceiling than 2009."

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

A less showy vintage for Marcassin, with the signature easy and butterscotch traits nowhere to be found. While bold, I wouldn’t call this powerful (which is rare for Marcassin). All that to say, it was supremely balanced and I’m hard pressed to say this is going to get better (though it seems to likely hold in this window for a bit). Sea salt, lemon cream, honeysuckle and granite upfront. Richly textured with wonderful complexity, going back and forth between tart and ripe stone fruits alongside wet rock. This was the most Aubert-like Marcassin I’ve had. Delicious.

A less showy vintage for Marcassin, with the signature easy and butterscotch traits nowhere to be found. While bold, I wouldn’t call this powerful (which is rare for Marcassin). All that to say, it was supremely balanced and I’m hard pressed to say this is going to get better (though it seems to likely hold in this window for a bit). Sea salt, lemon cream, honeysuckle and granite upfront. Richly textured with wonderful complexity, going back and forth between tart and ripe stone fruits alongside wet rock. This was the most Aubert-like Marcassin I’ve had. Delicious.

9.4

Cody Short Delectable Pro

Holy hell this was fantastic! Lemmon curd, tropical fruits and just a fun wine.

Holy hell this was fantastic! Lemmon curd, tropical fruits and just a fun wine.

9.5

J D Delectable Pro

A badass wine which I would never buy again.

A badass wine which I would never buy again.

9.3

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Hey, say what you want but this was super tasty and really really fun to drink. The price, though, is not fun, I'll concede to that.

Hey, say what you want but this was super tasty and really really fun to drink. The price, though, is not fun, I'll concede to that.

9.4

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Vintage variation on these wines are so elusive.

Vintage variation on these wines are so elusive.

8.9

Jimmy E

Jenna accidentally opened for bath time

Jenna accidentally opened for bath time

9.5

Benjamin Keator

Full 2 hr decant, still needed another 2 hours in glass to r ache it’s potential. This is as good as Chardonnay gets

Full 2 hr decant, still needed another 2 hours in glass to r ache it’s potential. This is as good as Chardonnay gets

9.8

Brian Messineo

Really nice bottle that improved considerably over time so I would recommend a decant. My first Marcassin and had notes of lemon curd and tropical fruits.

Really nice bottle that improved considerably over time so I would recommend a decant. My first Marcassin and had notes of lemon curd and tropical fruits.

9.5

Emile Haynie

Tastes like Corton-Charlemagne or something like that

Tastes like Corton-Charlemagne or something like that

9.1

Graham

Beautiful wine. Tons of fruit but not over powering.

Beautiful wine. Tons of fruit but not over powering.

9.5

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