"Reminiscent of northern red Burgundies, particularly those from the village of Morey-St.-Denis" Robert Parker Feb 2010
"Tasting at Marcassin with Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer is one of the more satisfying appointments a wine critic could have. This is commitment to excellence at its highest level. An unwavering, uncompromising brilliance and focus is reflected in not only meticulous work in the vineyard, but also in highly detailed winemaking that consistently succeeds in producing some of the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in the world. Robert Parker
We are offering these "finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in the world" including the 2013 Pinot Marcassin Vineyard. These wines may satisfy any Burgundian and California lover from the genius Helen Turley.
Helen Turley was awarded very first Lifetime Winemaker Achievement Award for The Americas from the Wine Advocate. Robert Parker seems to have a huge respect for her and her husband, stating of her wines, "Lest anyone forget, the genius of consulting winemaker Helen Turley is behind these wines."
But I want to know, "what is up with that Label?" Is it cool, is it scary, and what is the significance? So clearly, it is a pig in some kind of royal costume. Marcassin is translated from French as "wild boar." But what more? Says Lee Martinelli Sr. of Helen Turley, "She walked all of our properties and when she saw this piece she remarked "this is a grand cru site for Pinot Noir." Lee Sr. said "This is where I pig hunt." She again said "This is a Grand Cru site for Pinot Noir." Lee Sr. still responded about pig hunting there...she said "Lee put in the vineyard and the pigs will come." She was right on both accounts."
But what about the royal costume on the presumed Boar. Could it be reference to the French Literary Tale "Le Prince Marcassin"? A tale about a prince born not a son but a wild boar. A prince that is "civilized" by a marriage to the Third Sister. Hmm, just some thoughts about what the label could represent.
Back to the wine inside the bottle, While tasting the 2013 Pinot Noir, Robert Parker remarks, "What an extraordinary tasting this was at the Marcassin winery just north of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. Just when you think the duo of Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer can't make greater wines, they bowl over the taster with an array of exquisite quality that really must be tasted to be believed." Now you have the opportunity to taste and become a believer.
Marcassin Vineyard Pinot 2013 750mL
Orig $325 VIP $292.50
Marcassin Vineyard Pinot 2010 750mL
Orig $395 VIP $355.50
Don't Miss the 2010 & 2013 Vintages
"The 2010 Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard is a slightly tighter style of Pinot Noir, and lighter than the 2009. There is more acidity showing through, the fruit offering up various red and black fruits from pomegranate to plum to cassis, dark sweet cherries as well as foresty underbrush notes. All of these Pinot Noirs trend toward resembling grand crus from Morey-Saint-Denis in Northern Cotes de Nuits in Burgundy, given their forest floor, mushroom, sweet plum, currant and cherry notes. They are very sexy, lush and certainly capable of 10-15 years of cellaring, possibly longer."
Robert Parker 95 Points August 2015
"2013 Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard "This dark plum/ruby-colored wine offers displays crisp acids as well as notes of Chinese black tea and orange rind, and builds incrementally in the mouth to a medium to full-bodied finish."
Robert Parker 94+ March 2016