Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

$315

...the fruit offering up various red and black fruits from pomegranate to plum to cassis, dark sweet cherries as well as foresty underbrush notes. It is developing quickly, without the intensity of flavor of the 2009. Anticipated maturity: now-2025. Robert Parker

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David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Some friends of ours brought this to our backyard dinner last night. This is not a producer I buy. So, it was nice to revisit and nice of them to share. The first thing I would say, is this is a well made Pinot Noir. Having said that, I don’t buy it due to its pricing. If you are buying this from the winery, its price point is still too high for it’s quality and gets worse yet when you go to the secondary markets which, many do, due to its limited production & wait on their list. I say this because I have had countless examples of Sonoma & CA Pinot Noirs that are as good for $75 or around that price point give or take a little. The Hendricks Pinot from Santa Lucia is a similar style and for me, is better than this Marcassin. The Hendricks is $75 on futures buying. Our friends that brought it, whom we share a mutual friendship with another Sommelier. He told them they had to drink this as it was getting old. I can tell you that is simply not the case. This wine has another 7-10 years of fine drinking ahead. These statements happen when your consuming wine regiment is based on a steady stream of always drinking wines young...It just happens. The wine shows beautiful mid & dark candied, floral fruits, heavy baking spices and too much cinnamon stick for me. Beautiful, dark, red, blue and purple florals. It is well balanced, lush, elegant, polished with nice round acidity. A very nice wine just overpriced IMHO. You can do just as well for less and you would only lose out on the fact you are feeling good about opening a cult name Pinot for yourself or to impress others. Not a dig, just the wine psychology that experience has led me to through the devotion of studying wine and consumers feedback. Not all, but enough to call it what it is. I myself have fallen prey to those emotions & I’m sure will again. Photo of, Marciassin Winery, Helen Turley-Co Owner, Ryan O'Donnell-Winemaker and a Sonoma vineyard they source fruit.

Some friends of ours brought this to our backyard dinner last night. This is not a producer I buy. So, it was nice to revisit and nice of them to share. The first thing I would say, is this is a well made Pinot Noir. Having said that, I don’t buy it due to its pricing. If you are buying this from the winery, its price point is still too high for it’s quality and gets worse yet when you go to the secondary markets which, many do, due to its limited production & wait on their list. I say this because I have had countless examples of Sonoma & CA Pinot Noirs that are as good for $75 or around that price point give or take a little. The Hendricks Pinot from Santa Lucia is a similar style and for me, is better than this Marcassin. The Hendricks is $75 on futures buying. Our friends that brought it, whom we share a mutual friendship with another Sommelier. He told them they had to drink this as it was getting old. I can tell you that is simply not the case. This wine has another 7-10 years of fine drinking ahead. These statements happen when your consuming wine regiment is based on a steady stream of always drinking wines young...It just happens. The wine shows beautiful mid & dark candied, floral fruits, heavy baking spices and too much cinnamon stick for me. Beautiful, dark, red, blue and purple florals. It is well balanced, lush, elegant, polished with nice round acidity. A very nice wine just overpriced IMHO. You can do just as well for less and you would only lose out on the fact you are feeling good about opening a cult name Pinot for yourself or to impress others. Not a dig, just the wine psychology that experience has led me to through the devotion of studying wine and consumers feedback. Not all, but enough to call it what it is. I myself have fallen prey to those emotions & I’m sure will again. Photo of, Marciassin Winery, Helen Turley-Co Owner, Ryan O'Donnell-Winemaker and a Sonoma vineyard they source fruit.

9.4

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Despite being big and all those things that go without saying, it still brought plenty of pleasure.

Despite being big and all those things that go without saying, it still brought plenty of pleasure.

9.0

Nate Rose Delectable Pro

Wine Director Specs

2010 Double decant was fresh and lively. After an hour and a half it turned a little heavy. Still the best wine I have tasted from this property.

2010 Double decant was fresh and lively. After an hour and a half it turned a little heavy. Still the best wine I have tasted from this property.

9.5

Lee Pitofsky Delectable Pro

Perhaps the most iconic Pinot in California, full bodied and a bit rustic, notes of dried raspberries, a hint of blueberry, forest floor and green herbs on the impeccably long finish

Perhaps the most iconic Pinot in California, full bodied and a bit rustic, notes of dried raspberries, a hint of blueberry, forest floor and green herbs on the impeccably long finish

9.7

Charlie Beatty Delectable Pro

Buyer wineworksonline.com

Can we say a 10?? The Master has done it again ! Fruit, soft tannin,great juice a mouthfeel that is incredible! Wonderfull balance and yet a great wine to celebrate on DISNEYS 60 SHOW for all of us who were born in those Great Years!!#Disney Thanks Walt for the Great Experience. CB 100! The Best!!

Can we say a 10?? The Master has done it again ! Fruit, soft tannin,great juice a mouthfeel that is incredible! Wonderfull balance and yet a great wine to celebrate on DISNEYS 60 SHOW for all of us who were born in those Great Years!!#Disney Thanks Walt for the Great Experience. CB 100! The Best!!

10

Drew Dodson Delectable Pro

After four hours in decanter this bad boy was drinking like gold. A lot of cherry and rose petal

After four hours in decanter this bad boy was drinking like gold. A lot of cherry and rose petal

9.6

Thomas Sorbo

Beautiful with grilled salmon!

Beautiful with grilled salmon!

9.4

Robert Rothfield

Great bottle

Great bottle

9.7

Nigel Kinsman Delectable Pro

2010 vintage

2010 vintage

K Frech

Awesome, a true Pinot.

Awesome, a true Pinot.

9.1

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