I’m not in at winery or retail price but pre-aged @ $50 on the secondary market, yeah, ok.
The nose reveals; ripe, sour, dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, dry cranberries, strawberries, plum, raspberries & blueberries, spice, clove, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, vanillin, anise to black licorice, sweet tarriness, dark, rich, earth, tree bark/sap, eucalyptus, maple syrup, dry crushed rocks, volcanics, limestone with some very bright, brilliant, candied fresh & withering; dark, red, purple & blue florals.
The nose at this point is better than the palate.
Ripe, sour, dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, dry cranberries, strawberries, plum, raspberries some rhubarb & blueberries, dark spice pronounced palate heat, clove, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, vanillin, anise to black licorice, dark, sweet tarriness, dark, rich, earth, tree bark/sap, eucalyptus, dry stems, maple syrup notes, dry crushed rocks, volcanics, limestone with some very bright, brilliant, candied fresh & withering; dark, red, purple & blue florals. The acidity is a February waterfall in Hawaii. The finish is a little hot but, palatable, well balanced, nice tension & structure, elegant, lush, ruby, persistent, landing on deep spice & earth.
Hits 9.2 rounding up a bit. — 4 days ago
I tend to avoid American Pinot as I often find them too extracted, opulent and awkward. Marcassin is one of the few I enjoy. It’s not Burgundy and it doesn’t intend to be, and despite the easily detectable use of 100% new oak, it’s well integrated and balanced. I found 2013 to be just about every bit as deep, layered and complex as 2012 showing rich black raspberries and black cherries, baking spice, incense, purple flowers and a terrific midpalate richness that gives way to a long palate coating finish. Maybe I have a subconscious attraction to its exclusivity and rarity, but Marcassin is definitely my favorite California Pinot. — 2 days ago
Love this. Impeccably balanced. Depth, energy, and precision matched up with alluring perfume and texture. Loved watching it evolve the past couple days. Stones, mint, tart citrus fruits give way to orange peel, honeydew rind, white flowers, spice, a subtle flinty edge. — 3 days ago
👁 This wine has a medium ruby hue.
👃 This wine has pronounced intensity in developing aromas. Aromas include primary notes of tart, cherry, red cassis, and strawberry, mint, lavender, and violet, secondary notes of vanilla, clove, nutmeg, and tertiary notes of mushroom, leather, and sweet tobacco.
👄 This is a dry wine, with high acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, medium tannins, and medium (+) intensity in flavors. Flavors are consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium (+) finish.
This is a very good wine. It may be consumed now but has potential for aging or further aging.
Hanzell, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley. Vintage 2014. ABV 13.8%. — 4 days ago
Good. Better in two years.
Feels like it has some dusty tannins. Dry to ripe fruits of slightly tart & sour; dark cherries, black berries, black raspberries, dry cranberries, plum & creamy raspberries. Limestone/sandstone, dark spice with some heat, clove, nutmeg, understated cinnamon & vanillin, tree bark w/ sap, herbaceousness, with bright, brilliant; dark, red, purple & some blue florals. Really nice acidity. The finish needs two plus years to be all it can be. Still a bit astringent on the long set.
I am not buying in at retail but, at $50-$55 on the secondary market, I’m all in. — 11 days ago
Typical Dirty and Rowdy wizardry. Beautiful perfumed floral nose. Red fruit forward, a spice component that I was mesmerized by... not heavy by any means but a light little spritz that just adds to the funky greatness of this bottle. Can they do any wrong? — 11 days ago