(Note from 2007 review, re-reviewed with no new note in 2008) The utterly profound 2003 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge is a candidate for one of California’s greatest Pinot Noirs. A full-bodied beauty, it offers up aromas of plums, anise, forest floor, black and blue fruits, and gamy, sweet, aged beef. With unreal complexity, in addition to superb texture, purity, and definition, this is a tour de force in winemaking that confirms the brilliance of this husband and wife team who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. (RP)
Wonderful fruit purity, with rich, fleshy plum, wild berry and raspberry fruit that's supple and focused, picking up subtle hints of nutmeg and sage and ending with a long, sleek, polished finish. (JL)
Deep red-ruby. Superripe, chocolatey nose shows a distinctly porty aspect. Fat and round but soft, with a high-pH mouth feel and less verve than the other Marcassin pinots tasted today. The chocolate and violet flavors are accompanied by a faint pruney quality. A hugely rich Pinot that should probably be drunk soon. Finishes with slightly drying tannins. (ST)
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