Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

What a treat to enjoy this pristine bottle of Marcassin Pinot, perfectly stored since release, the wine had plenty of dark red fruit, a touch of floral perfume on the nose and then dead sexy on the palate, rich and balanced with a long silky finish. Thanks AT, it was even better enjoyed with you! — a day ago

Palmaz Vineyards

Amalia Chardonnay 2013

Better than Kistler, Marcassin and Corton-Charlemagne.... sorry just sayin — 2 years ago

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Thanks for the tip. Been eyeing these on auctions.
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We’ll have to agree to disagree in regards to Marcassin.


3-D Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2010

Shay A

Trying this next to the ‘11 Marcassin was quite interesting. This was borderline reductive in profile. More Chablis like than typical Cali chard. At 9yrs though, the bright fruit has darkened a bit...golden pear, kumquat, sea spray aromatics. Tart on the palate with oyster shell and bruised Granny Smith apple. — 3 years ago

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Jacques Selosse

Substance Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

Always the most interesting champagne on the table and today was WOTN (IMO slightly edging out Dan’s ‘96 Marcassin Chardonnay). How do you balance lively and oxidative in champagne? I don’t know, but Selosse clearly does. Thanks Joe Leatherwood. Very generous as always. — 3 years ago

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La Fenêtre

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012

David T

Make no mistake, we had a 2010 Marcassin a few weeks ago. I paid somewhere around $25-$30 for this bottling. This is similar to the Marcassin, nearly as good & for about 10-20% the price of the Marcassin depending on when & where you purchased it.

Beautiful, ripe, slightly candied, floral, fruits of; dark cherry, cherry, blackberries and amazing blue fruit hues. Dry top soil, dry crushed rocks, limestone & volcanic minerals, lightly grilled meats, dry tobacco, black tea, herbal notes, dry twigs with fresh, withering, red, dark, purple, blue florals. Beautiful acidity & well balanced, persistent spice finish.
— 2 years ago

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Next of Kyn

Cumulus Vineyard No. 5 Red Rhone Blend

Happy Delectable New Years!!!.....the night is sketchy, but the wines were brilliant!!
1) Manfred Krankl's 2013 Next of Kyn
2) 2012 Marcassin chardonnay.

Not sure which was which, but I remember layers of black fruit, pear, orange peel, cassis, spice, flowers, minerals, earthy, wet rocks, a BlackBerry vanilla finish....elegant. powerful, rich, full
— 3 years ago

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Seascape Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Obviously compared to the 2003 Marcassin Three Sisters Pinot, this one has more youth. This one did seem to be a little more unidimensional. Had a lot of good raspberry on the nose and up front. But the middle of this wine finds an herbal stride and finishes rather acidic. I am not sure if this one needs two more years in the cellar or should have been consumed two years PRIOR to now. But, it is actually quite delicious but lacking a bit of complexity. — 3 years ago

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I quite enjoyed this after it opened up. I found there to be a lot of crunchy was floral with potpourri notes and maybe slightly stemmy? Herbal. Balanced and open on the palate with black cherry, bay leaf, cedar/evergreen (don’t recall that note in a wine before). Finishes with fresh squeezed red and black fruit. Drink up.

Hendricks Wines

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2014

David T

Charles strikes again.

I said weeks ago, I’d rather drink Charles Hendricks Pinot in futures @ $75 vs. the 09 Marcassin we had two weeks back @ $150+ winery or $225+ on the secondary market. This 14, while still young, proves that point and will only continue to get better.

It’s about as luxurious as Ca Pinot gets. Just supple, soft & elegant as body gets. Candied, floral fruits of ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blue fruits, lean purple fruits, dry cranberries, strawberries, plums, delicate but darks spices, cinnamon stick, vanillin, nutmeg & touch clove, salted caramel, mocha powder, limestone & grey volcanics, dry crushed rocks hints of peppered grilled meats, fresh & dry tobacco, dry stems/twigs, sage dominated dry Provence herbs, splash of mint/eucalyptus, tree sap with bright candied, fresh & slightly withering florals of; dark, red, purple, blue set in a field of violets & some lavender. The acidity is perfect. The long finish is; extremely well balanced & polished, elegant, fresh, just the right amount of candied with a long, dark spice finish in the long set.

The 14 really started to excel after an hour plus in the decanter.

Photos of; the outside of the Hope & Grace tasting room in downtown Yountville where you will find Charles Hendricks wines. He makes Hope & Grace wines as well. One of my favorite paintings that used to sit behind their tasting bar but, is now in Charles house. It is very Pollock like! Winemaker/Co-owner Charles Hendricks and a vineyard in region of the Santa Lucia Highlands.
— 2 years ago

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Paul, it’s stupidly beautiful.


Incredible vineyard photo Dave!
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Great review. I’m in full agreement.

Quilceda Creek

Washington Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Wine Advocate BYOB Napa dinner...must be a Robert Parker +93 point wine....I brought the Quilceda Creek 99 point magnum and a Marcassin 2012....97 pt pinot. Wines I had at dinner:

2012 screaming eagle
2014 penfolds grange
2012 bevan wildfoote vineyard vixen block
2010 domaine de la Janasse chatauneuf du pape in magnum
2007 corton charlemagne grand cru magnum
2010 modus operandi collection..aged in some of the rarest French oak per owner who sat next to me.
2008 kapcsandy family cab
2005 Qupe bien nacido X block syrah in magnum
2001 quilceda creek cab..another aficionado was pouring the 01!!
More to come as my brain cells recover...
— 3 years ago

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Alexander Mountain Upper Barn Chardonnay 1999

Great weight and texture, lush without being overbearing, lemon curd fruit with a touch of vanilla, a little flabby but drinking very well. I’m not a huge fan of the producer but this one was very appealing. — 4 years ago

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