Good full green-tinged yellow. Deep, exotic aroma of butterscotch, apricot, quince, papaya and guava. Fat, rich and deep, with lovely inner-mouth sweetness leavened by the wine's lemon and mineral notes. A plump, very long wine that opens impressively on the back end while retaining Marcassin's characteristic uncompromising dryness. (ST)
Brilliant yellow gold, with a complex bouquet of fig, honeysuckle, anise and butterscotch flavors that carry over nicely to the palate, where they maintain their richness and gain a measure of finesse and nuance. (JL)
While John Wetlaufer thought the 2000 Chardonnay Upper Barn, from the re-named Jess Jackson owned vineyard now called Alexander Mountain Estate, to be the finest they have made, I thought it was evolved in both color and flavor. It came across as a trifle cloying, which is an adjective I have never applied to any Marcassin wine. It possesses a deep medium gold color, not surprising given the fact that this vineyard often produces deeper colored wines. The buttery popcorn, hazelnut, and toasty notes were forward, but there is tremendous power as well as a leesy richness, and decent underlying acidity... (RP)
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