1998 Marcassin "Lorenzo Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Previously $200)

SKU #1004127 94 points Wine Spectator

 Fabulous aromas of citrus, crème brûlée, butterscotch, spicy pear, piecrust and apple notes. Ripe, rich, vibrant and intense on the palate, with a long, seamless aftertaste. Tightly wound, it serves up delicious beam of ripe fruit and some of the secondary anise and earth flavors that come from time in bottle.  (5/2003)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright but pale color. Musky aromas of lemon, honey and hazelnut; not as precise as some earlier vintages of this wine. Then rich but not yet expansive in the mouth, with good chewy extract and a spine of acidity currently keeping the rich fruit under wraps. Best today on the firm finish, which is nicely extended by the wine's fresh acids. 91(+?) points.  (5/2002)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard (the last vintage for this bottling as it is now sold to Landmark Vineyards) exhibits a medium straw color, and leesy, smoky, roasted nut aromas intertwined with sweet pineapple and honeyed orange scents. This fleshy, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay displays good underlying acidity, and a short, but pleasant finish.  (8/2002)

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- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.