1996 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1996 comes across like a mature yet great Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne. The first vintage bottled from their original plantings of ten acres, this was the finest showing yet of the 1996. A potent nose of white corn, citrus butter and crushed rocks is followed by a full-bodied, powerful wine displaying wonderful delineation, fresh acidity, hints of orange and tangerine rind as well as wet gravel, and a stony, citrusy, buttery component. Remarkably, the wine still possesses a surprisingly light gold color with a greenish hue. This magnificent Chardonnay is one of the most profound efforts ever made from this varietal in California. Even more shocking, it should have 10-20 more years of life remaining if kept in a cold cellar.
Enormous depth, richness and complexity here, withlayers of ripe, complex pear, fig, melon, apricot,anise and mineral, finishing with a rich, buttery aftertaste that keeps pumping out the flavors. The first Chardonnay from Marcassin's Sonoma Coast vineyard. Drinks exceptionally well now. Drink now through 2007. 100 cases made.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Knockout nose combines brisk lemon, pineapple and mineral notes with leesy spice and coconut cream richness. Succulent and fleshy in the mouth; at once broad and filled in. Extremely suave wine, not at all forced or phenolic. Finishes with extraordinary length and exhilarating soil tones. A great young California chardonnay.