Marcassin

Marcassin

Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

I’m calling this wine of the lunch imho. Fantastic. Probably over rating since I thought it would be dead. — 20 days ago

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Scott@Mister A’s-San Diego

Scott@Mister A’s-San Diego

Surprise!. Not the biggest fan of their wines (white or red) but they have unexpected aging power.

Peay Vineyards

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

Rob N
9.2

2018. I really enjoyed this wine, nearly as much as the more-expensive Marcassin. It was slightly brighter/less harsh than the Marcassin actually. — 3 years ago

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Screaming Eagle

Second Flight Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Polished off the 08 Marcassin, knocked back the 1990 Margaux, final b-day bottle to quaff down is a 2012 Screaming Eagle 2nd Flight and cake.

1 hour decant(surprisingly little sediment). A bewitching inky dark red wine with little signs of aging. On the nose: Jumping from the glass are cherries, semi sweet chocolate, cedar, metallic, dried herbs, vanilla wafers. Taste: A rich, lush mouthfeel with cherries and more cherries, pencil lead, pepper, charcoal, and a bitter sweet chocolate cedar long finish....drinking well, but I imagine better things with even more time!
— 4 years ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
with Brenda
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Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Rob Brobst III Thanks!....those multi bottle wine nights can be tough the next day...but these bottles made it worth any pain!!!
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Good review
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Hugh O'Riordan. Thanks. Cheers!

Peter Michael Winery

Point Rouge Chardonnay 2012

Shay A
9.5

Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine.

This was en mag. WOW. Slightly cloudy in the glass. My first guess when looking at it was Marcassin, but it wasn’t waxy enough on the palate. Smelled of rich lemon cream, powdered lemon bars and juicy fruit (that should always be my key to guessing PM). A powerhouse on the palate with juicy tropical fruits, marshmallow, and sweet marzipan. Gorgeous stuff. I called this 2012 Aubert Ritchie.
— 5 years ago

joe leatherwoodDan FitzgeraldBenjamin Keator
with joe, Dan and 2 others
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Marcassin

Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Another with Yung. — 9 days ago

Vanessa, Joe and 5 others liked this

Ferren Wines

Lancel Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Shay A
9.3

I’ve opened a few Ferren Frei Rd chards (normally in the 4-5yr range) and have enjoyed them, but this was my first Lancel Creek. With the release coming up in a few weeks, I wanted to check in and figure out the profile. I’m between a 93-94 here.

Made by Matt Courtney (formerly at Marcassin, also winemaker at Arista). Beautiful straw colored in the glass with maybe a tinge of green, the aromatics are honeysuckle, sweet lemon, and sea salted almonds. I found this to be very similar to the Frei Rd in regards to acidity. So nervy all the way through. Totally coastal, but with a soft touch of rich fruit. Also similar to the Frei Rd, this is lemon everything (fresh squeezed lemon, lemon cream, lemon scone) but the mineral profile is more enhanced here. There’s a stone/slate vibe toward the finish that keeps this light on its feet. Oak is soft and plays a contributing role, not a dominating one.

I enjoyed this at pop and pour, then revisited 2-3hrs later and found the acidity had calmed down a bit. Definitely give this a decant now if possible, or hold a few more years.
— 2 years ago

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Deborah M

Deborah M

As always, great notes. I’m going to look for this one. How are his Pinots?
Shay A

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@Deborah M : They fall a bit down the middle in regards to style. They aren’t bombastic in flavor, but they aren’t lean either. A little bit more richness compared to Rivers Marie.
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : I agree with your note as well as your comment regarding their Pinots.

Palmaz Vineyards

Amalia Chardonnay 2013

Better than Kistler, Marcassin and Corton-Charlemagne.... sorry just sayin — 4 years ago

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Eric

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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.

Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend

Good birthday dinner with outstanding wines. 2014 Cristal, 2013 marcassin chardonay, cos d’estournel 1982, figeac 1990, 2019 nuits St. George’s clos de la marechale mugnier. Cos unfortunately corked. — 3 months ago

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Aubert

Eastside Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

Shay A
9.5

One of the birthday bottles I opened for my 33rd. Aubert chardonnays, for me, are the total package. Aside from Marcassin (and even then, it’s not fair because the 2013 hasn’t been officially released yet), there is no other new world producer of Chardonnay I’d rather have. I opened this Eastside because it was in the home cellar and I didn’t feel like traveling to storage...good and bad scenario!

Opening their single vineyard chards this young (aside from Hudson), is normally a crime, but I read a lot of reviews of how good this was young and WOW are they right. Aromatically it sports Aubert’s signature lemon cream, ginger, honey roasted cashews and a slight reductive note. The palate shows plenty of lemon cream, marzipan, smoked lemon, and stone fruit like guava...what makes this a standout (like other Aubert chards), is the acidity and structure. Normally this would make a chard flabby or over the top, but it wears this profile so well. I could have polished this off with a straw.

My almost two-year old’s card in the background. 👌🏼
— 3 years ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

33b day! I’ll give you the advice my father gave me over 50 years ago . We were drinking wine and he told me “ just remember I’m enjoying this wine as much as you. “
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A: Great wine, Shay!
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Thanks everyone!

Hendricks Wines

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2014

David T
9.5

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.
— 4 years ago

Shay, Eric and 32 others liked this
David T

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Paul, it’s stupidly beautiful.
ESF

ESF

Incredible vineyard photo Dave!
Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

Great review. I’m in full agreement.