Marcassin

Blue-Slide Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.2157 ratings
8.950 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Fraser McKinley

This was one of a quartet of beautiful bottles shared by the fantastic and hilarious @Bill Bender. It opened beautifully with a little San Diego summer evening air and still has many a year ahead. More importantly, it was washed down amidst superb company and perfectly accompanied the abundance of laughter. To top it all off we even managed some quality FaceTime with @Shay A whilst sipping the last glass. Great clean Friday night fun - 2010

This was one of a quartet of beautiful bottles shared by the fantastic and hilarious @Bill Bender. It opened beautifully with a little San Diego summer evening air and still has many a year ahead. More importantly, it was washed down amidst superb company and perfectly accompanied the abundance of laughter. To top it all off we even managed some quality FaceTime with @Shay A whilst sipping the last glass. Great clean Friday night fun - 2010

Jul 7th, 2019
Shay A
9.4

What a Friday group tasting put on by Dan! Killer wines. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert. All blind.

Dan pulled this out as a back-up bottle...ha! What a bottle. The ‘04 of this is the greatest domestic Pinot I’ve had to date. The ‘06 was still quite acidic and bursting forth with fruit from all sides of the spectrum as well as a distinctive clay, dirty funk note. Crisp and a tad hot. No rush in opening if you have any.

What a Friday group tasting put on by Dan! Killer wines. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert. All blind.

Dan pulled this out as a back-up bottle...ha! What a bottle. The ‘04 of this is the greatest domestic Pinot I’ve had to date. The ‘06 was still quite acidic and bursting forth with fruit from all sides of the spectrum as well as a distinctive clay, dirty funk note. Crisp and a tad hot. No rush in opening if you have any.

Apr 20th, 2018
Ed Lehrman

Fair—overripe and showing VA in the nose. Too bad as the underlying fruit is solid even 10 years out.

Fair—overripe and showing VA in the nose. Too bad as the underlying fruit is solid even 10 years out.

Mar 10th, 2018
Shay A
9.4

Again, if it’s a Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot, it’s probably from @Dan Fitzgerald . These continue to remain the greatest Cali pinots I’ve tasted to date. This probably could benefit from another 3-5 years of cellaring. So much pure raspberries, fresh squeezed blackberries, cedar. Little bit of black cherry. Full bodied but not overpowering. Fantastic.

Again, if it’s a Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot, it’s probably from @Dan Fitzgerald . These continue to remain the greatest Cali pinots I’ve tasted to date. This probably could benefit from another 3-5 years of cellaring. So much pure raspberries, fresh squeezed blackberries, cedar. Little bit of black cherry. Full bodied but not overpowering. Fantastic.

Jan 6th, 2018
Shay A
9.5

Flat out amazing. One of the greatest pinots I’ve ever had. Do people understand this is 16yrs old and it tastes like this? So much kirsch, blueberries, dates, blackberry stems. Impeccable texture. Can’t believe this is more than 7yrs old.

Flat out amazing. One of the greatest pinots I’ve ever had. Do people understand this is 16yrs old and it tastes like this? So much kirsch, blueberries, dates, blackberry stems. Impeccable texture. Can’t believe this is more than 7yrs old.

Dec 23rd, 2017
Shay A
9.5

People must be out of their minds to give this Pinot an overall rating of 8.8. This is one of the most profound domestic pinots I've ever tasted. Blackberry and strawberry fruit but no tartness. Birchwood and a touch of smoke. In a PRIME drinking window. If you have this, don't miss this window!

People must be out of their minds to give this Pinot an overall rating of 8.8. This is one of the most profound domestic pinots I've ever tasted. Blackberry and strawberry fruit but no tartness. Birchwood and a touch of smoke. In a PRIME drinking window. If you have this, don't miss this window!

Sep 2nd, 2017
Sarah Boyle Robert

Currents, prunes and blackberries.

Currents, prunes and blackberries.

Aug 11th, 2017
Matt Courtney

Winemaker Arista Winery

This is flat out delicious

This is flat out delicious

3 people found it helpfulDec 13th, 2015
Roman Sukley

Virtually nothing like that fabulous 03 I tasted several months ago. Dead nose. Muted mid-palate. Clipped finish. Me thinks that 03 was the exception not the rule. My recommendation: Marcassin Blue Slides - drink 'em young.

Virtually nothing like that fabulous 03 I tasted several months ago. Dead nose. Muted mid-palate. Clipped finish. Me thinks that 03 was the exception not the rule. My recommendation: Marcassin Blue Slides - drink 'em young.

1 person found it helpfulMar 27th, 2016
B
10

2007 Marcassin Blue-Slide Ridge Pinot. Drank as the second red wine at the David Gray concert. Worked out well bc the Brunello was much more suited as a food wine and this wine was perfect to drink without food, after dinner and during the actual concert. Tons of fruit balanced with nice minerality. Great weight and texture in the mouth. Really enjoyed!

2007 Marcassin Blue-Slide Ridge Pinot. Drank as the second red wine at the David Gray concert. Worked out well bc the Brunello was much more suited as a food wine and this wine was perfect to drink without food, after dinner and during the actual concert. Tons of fruit balanced with nice minerality. Great weight and texture in the mouth. Really enjoyed!

1 person found it helpfulJul 19th, 2015