2009 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1143446 97 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (7/ 2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Year in and year out, the Chardonnay Marcassin Estate is one of the two or three most profound Chardonnays made in California, and a wine that could dominate any tasting of white Burgundies. The 2009 offers up notes of honeysuckle, citrus oil, tangerines, white peach and wet gravel followed by a wine with a full-bodied mouthfeel and zesty acidity. It should evolve for 10-15 years. (RP)  (12/ 2013)

90 points Antonio Galloni

 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+

K&L Notes

Acclaimed winemaker Helen Turley and her husband John Wetlaufer now have 20 acres of vines planted to steep hillsides on the Sonoma Coast that are part of the Marcassin Vineyard. 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."

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

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California

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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).