Marcassin

Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.454 ratings
9.415 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Some friends of ours brought this to our backyard dinner last night. This is not a producer I buy. So, it was nice to revisit and nice of them to share.

The first thing I would say, is this is a well made Pinot Noir. Having said that, I don’t buy it due to its pricing. If you are buying this from the winery, its price point is still too high for it’s quality and gets worse yet when you go to the secondary markets which, many do, due to its limited production & wait on their list.

I say this because I have had countless examples of Sonoma & CA Pinot Noirs that are as good for $75 or around that price point give or take a little. The Hendricks Pinot from Santa Lucia is a similar style and for me, is better than this Marcassin. The Hendricks is $75 on futures buying.

Our friends that brought it, whom we share a mutual friendship with another Sommelier. He told them they had to drink this as it was getting old. I can tell you that is simply not the case. This wine has another 7-10 years of fine drinking ahead. These statements happen when your consuming wine regiment is based on a steady stream of always drinking wines young...It just happens.

The wine shows beautiful mid & dark candied, floral fruits, heavy baking spices and too much cinnamon stick for me. Beautiful, dark, red, blue and purple florals. It is well balanced, lush, elegant, polished with nice round acidity.

A very nice wine just overpriced IMHO. You can do just as well for less and you would only lose out on the fact you are feeling good about opening a cult name Pinot for yourself or to impress others. Not a dig, just the wine psychology that experience has led me to through the devotion of studying wine and consumers feedback. Not all, but enough to call it what it is. I myself have fallen prey to those emotions & I’m sure will again.

Photo of, Marciassin Winery, Helen Turley-Co Owner, Ryan O'Donnell-Winemaker and a Sonoma vineyard they source fruit.

Some friends of ours brought this to our backyard dinner last night. This is not a producer I buy. So, it was nice to revisit and nice of them to share.

The first thing I would say, is this is a well made Pinot Noir. Having said that, I don’t buy it due to its pricing. If you are buying this from the winery, its price point is still too high for it’s quality and gets worse yet when you go to the secondary markets which, many do, due to its limited production & wait on their list.

I say this because I have had countless examples of Sonoma & CA Pinot Noirs that are as good for $75 or around that price point give or take a little. The Hendricks Pinot from Santa Lucia is a similar style and for me, is better than this Marcassin. The Hendricks is $75 on futures buying.

Our friends that brought it, whom we share a mutual friendship with another Sommelier. He told them they had to drink this as it was getting old. I can tell you that is simply not the case. This wine has another 7-10 years of fine drinking ahead. These statements happen when your consuming wine regiment is based on a steady stream of always drinking wines young...It just happens.

The wine shows beautiful mid & dark candied, floral fruits, heavy baking spices and too much cinnamon stick for me. Beautiful, dark, red, blue and purple florals. It is well balanced, lush, elegant, polished with nice round acidity.

A very nice wine just overpriced IMHO. You can do just as well for less and you would only lose out on the fact you are feeling good about opening a cult name Pinot for yourself or to impress others. Not a dig, just the wine psychology that experience has led me to through the devotion of studying wine and consumers feedback. Not all, but enough to call it what it is. I myself have fallen prey to those emotions & I’m sure will again.

Photo of, Marciassin Winery, Helen Turley-Co Owner, Ryan O'Donnell-Winemaker and a Sonoma vineyard they source fruit.

Jun 21st, 2020
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.0

Despite being big and all those things that go without saying, it still brought plenty of pleasure.

Despite being big and all those things that go without saying, it still brought plenty of pleasure.

2 people found it helpfulDec 17th, 2015
Nate Rose

Wine Director Specs

9.5

2010 Double decant was fresh and lively. After an hour and a half it turned a little heavy. Still the best wine I have tasted from this property.

2010 Double decant was fresh and lively. After an hour and a half it turned a little heavy. Still the best wine I have tasted from this property.

2 people found it helpfulDec 26th, 2014
Lee Pitofsky

Perhaps the most iconic Pinot in California, full bodied and a bit rustic, notes of dried raspberries, a hint of blueberry, forest floor and green herbs on the impeccably long finish

Perhaps the most iconic Pinot in California, full bodied and a bit rustic, notes of dried raspberries, a hint of blueberry, forest floor and green herbs on the impeccably long finish

1 person found it helpfulJun 2nd, 2018
Charlie Beatty

Buyer wineworksonline.com

10

Can we say a 10?? The Master has done it again ! Fruit, soft tannin,great juice a mouthfeel that is incredible! Wonderfull balance and yet a great wine to celebrate on DISNEYS 60 SHOW for all of us who were born in those Great Years!!#Disney Thanks Walt for the Great Experience. CB 100! The Best!!

Can we say a 10?? The Master has done it again ! Fruit, soft tannin,great juice a mouthfeel that is incredible! Wonderfull balance and yet a great wine to celebrate on DISNEYS 60 SHOW for all of us who were born in those Great Years!!#Disney Thanks Walt for the Great Experience. CB 100! The Best!!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 22nd, 2016
Drew Dodson

After four hours in decanter this bad boy was drinking like gold. A lot of cherry and rose petal

After four hours in decanter this bad boy was drinking like gold. A lot of cherry and rose petal

Dec 20th, 2014
Thomas Sorbo

Beautiful with grilled salmon!

Beautiful with grilled salmon!

Jun 17th, 2020
Robert Rothfield

Great bottle

Great bottle

Dec 15th, 2019
Nigel Kinsman

2010 vintage

2010 vintage

Mar 21st, 2015
K Frech

Awesome, a true Pinot.

Awesome, a true Pinot.

Dec 1st, 2018