Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

$279.99

97 Points - limited                                                Marcassin 2012 Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir - extremely limited. 97 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2012 Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard, which comes primarily from the Calera clone (although I suspect there are a few mystery clones in their plantings), always seems to remind me of a grand cru from Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits, particularly Morey-St.-Denis. Dense ruby/plum, its sweet nose of strawberries, black cherry liqueur, fresh porcini mushrooms and forest floor is followed by a dark, full-bodied, rich and concentrated wine that is supple, dramatic, and even flamboyant. Drink it over the next 12-15 years... ...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. For example, 1995 and 1996 Chardonnays, particularly those from the Lorenzo Vineyard, are incredibly youthful and dynamic, and the Marcassin Estate Pinot Noir, even from vintages such as 1998, is simply amazing."

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Ratings on Delectable

Lee Pitofsky Delectable Pro

After dinner bottle 1 on NYE

After dinner bottle 1 on NYE

9.5

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

14.3% ABV. I’ve always had difficulties understanding how (some) critics can compare this to Burgundy. Clos Saint-Denis or Clos de la Roche? For real? I understand preference and reference points but enough with the nonsense. This is uniquely California. And as such it is STELLAR.

14.3% ABV. I’ve always had difficulties understanding how (some) critics can compare this to Burgundy. Clos Saint-Denis or Clos de la Roche? For real? I understand preference and reference points but enough with the nonsense. This is uniquely California. And as such it is STELLAR.

9.5

Shay A Delectable Pro

WNH event number 3...new world Pinot. Such a treat to experience the many different variations of Pinot! One of my bottles. After getting these in a few weeks back, I was like a kid on Christmas to see how it was tasting. All the check marks for this to be a knockout in a few years. Wonderful red and black fruit medley with sharp acidity. Mineral/graphite on the palate and sandalwood. Toasted black cherries and ripe plum.

WNH event number 3...new world Pinot. Such a treat to experience the many different variations of Pinot! One of my bottles. After getting these in a few weeks back, I was like a kid on Christmas to see how it was tasting. All the check marks for this to be a knockout in a few years. Wonderful red and black fruit medley with sharp acidity. Mineral/graphite on the palate and sandalwood. Toasted black cherries and ripe plum.

9.6

Nico J. Snyman Delectable Pro

Pinot Noir, 2012.

Pinot Noir, 2012.

8.0

Jack Hasten

Thank you Rodney Poole....

Thank you Rodney Poole....

9.1

Steven Schwartz

Sur house ventana

Sur house ventana

9.6

Tom Garland

1 hour decant (some cloudy sediment). A murky medium dark garnet color. On the nose: strawberry, funky forest floor, mushroom, cinnamon, and caramel. Taste: strawberry, spice, pencil lead, minerals...leading to a raspberry medium plus finish. A soft, creamy, medium to full body wine with tannins starting to integrate but not fully resolved yet...give this some more time...a better score should evolve over time!! Patiently (not really) waiting for the 2013 chard and pinot release

1 hour decant (some cloudy sediment). A murky medium dark garnet color. On the nose: strawberry, funky forest floor, mushroom, cinnamon, and caramel. Taste: strawberry, spice, pencil lead, minerals...leading to a raspberry medium plus finish. A soft, creamy, medium to full body wine with tannins starting to integrate but not fully resolved yet...give this some more time...a better score should evolve over time!! Patiently (not really) waiting for the 2013 chard and pinot release

9.1

Bryan Kesting

This is so good...in a great spot now. Could get a little better in a year or two but I really enjoy these when the fruit is still prominent.

This is so good...in a great spot now. Could get a little better in a year or two but I really enjoy these when the fruit is still prominent.

9.4

KA

Overhyped Pinot for the price

Overhyped Pinot for the price

9.1

William Goldsmith

Definitely lives up to the hype

Definitely lives up to the hype

9.5

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