2009 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Light gold in color, with an extraordinary nose of poached pears, citrus honey and a touch of orange rind, the 2009 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard has beautiful fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, penetrating acids and an underlying minerality and richness. The finish goes on for a good 40-45 seconds. This is sensational Chardonnay and very much in keeping with this vineyard. Drink now-2020. (RP)
*Collectibles* Full-blown, mature Chardonnay at its peak, layered and complex, unfolding with anise, smoky oak, roasted fig, apricot and honeysuckle flavors. What makes this sing is the richness and proportionality of the flavors. Lingers and gains on the finish.
Apricot, peaches, sweet spices and butterscotch all meld together in the 2009 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard. There is good immediacy to the fruit, but overall the 2009 lacks the depth to stand up to its oak, which is felt in the flavors, but more importantly, in the texture, while the finish is compact and attenuated. I would be tempted to give the 2009 another year or two to see if the wood integrates a little more fully. There is a chance that will happen given how well these wines have aged historically. A second bottle of the 2009, tasted informally, showed better balance. 90+
Acclaimed winemaker Helen Turley and her husband John Wetlaufer now have 20 acres of vines planted to steep hillsides in the Marcassin Vineyard, on the Sonoma Coast. While their Pinot Noirs have garnered plenty of acclaim, their Chardonnays truly sing. Robert Parker says that the Marcassin Chardonnays "probably eclipse 98% of white Burgundies made today for their complexity and aging potential."