Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

$199

Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer's legendary Marcassin now available in limited quantities.  Always one of the highest-rated Chardonnays in California.94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2009 Chardonnay Three Sisters comes from volcanic and sedimentary, fragmented soils. It exhibits the classic Old Wente clone nose of white peaches, damp stones, hints of apricot and brioche, and caramelized citrus. Medium to full-bodied and pure with underlying minerality and a nice layered mouthfeel, it should drink well for a decade." ...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

Ed Lehrman Delectable Pro

Rockin. Still one of CA’s top aged Chard producers.

Rockin. Still one of CA’s top aged Chard producers.

9.4

Shay A Delectable Pro

Another great Weekly Wine Committee in the books, this time hosted by Dan. Format stayed the same (1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine) and everything is guessed blind. As I mentioned previously, I guessed all 3 whites as chardonnays (and they were), but I didn't guess west coast here. More mineral driven than the first two, though it got better after some air time. White flowers, honey, stone fruit.

Another great Weekly Wine Committee in the books, this time hosted by Dan. Format stayed the same (1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine) and everything is guessed blind. As I mentioned previously, I guessed all 3 whites as chardonnays (and they were), but I didn't guess west coast here. More mineral driven than the first two, though it got better after some air time. White flowers, honey, stone fruit.

9.2

David L Delectable Pro

Minerality & acidity overwhelm this wine when it's first opened. A hour + decanting shows a much different wine. A little honeysuckle, fig, straw, melon ... a bit of oak. Wipes your palate clean with crisp acidity.

Minerality & acidity overwhelm this wine when it's first opened. A hour + decanting shows a much different wine. A little honeysuckle, fig, straw, melon ... a bit of oak. Wipes your palate clean with crisp acidity.

9.1

Jérôme Chéry Delectable Pro

Director of Winemaking Saintsbury

A rare spotting of Marcassin Chardonnay.

A rare spotting of Marcassin Chardonnay.

9.6

Krystal Lemons Delectable Pro

Birthday wine!

Birthday wine!

9.4

Scott Rose

2009 vintage. Clean, mineralesque, pineapple guava nose. Medium body. Spicy, zippy complementary oak frames some nearly perfect acidity. Fantastic and balanced.

2009 vintage. Clean, mineralesque, pineapple guava nose. Medium body. Spicy, zippy complementary oak frames some nearly perfect acidity. Fantastic and balanced.

9.5

Darren He

Very delicious white wine! Almost perfect.

Very delicious white wine! Almost perfect.

9.6

Tiffany Sams Cox

2009. I'm ok with this. Rich. Bold. Full expression of the varietal plus treatment with plenty of french oak and malo. I want to see the development.

2009. I'm ok with this. Rich. Bold. Full expression of the varietal plus treatment with plenty of french oak and malo. I want to see the development.

8.3

Scott Kahn

Rich chard - great but not a Montrachet!

Rich chard - great but not a Montrachet!

9.0

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