Vibrant notes of freshly sauteed porcini mushrooms, roasted meats, Asian plum sauce, black currants and forest floor aromas jump from the glass of this wonderful, still surprisingly young and vibrant Pinot Noir. The last time I tasted the 1997 professionally was in August, 2002, when I thought the wine had closed down considerably. That is no longer the case. Currently strutting its stuff, it appears to be in late adolescence with another 10-15 years of life ahead of it. (RP)
Full deep red. Blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, mocha, brown sugar, earth and smoke on the nose ... Very deep and chewy; sappy and spicy. Truly three-dimensional in texture. Finishes with noble tannins and superb persistence. My early look at the Marcassin 2000s from the Sonoma Coast, from vineyards planted by the Martinelli family to the specifications of Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer, as well as from Turley and Wetlaufer own Marcassion Vineyard site, turned up a spectacular set of young wines. In particular, the pinot noir from Marcassin Vineyard, with its extraordinary aromatic complexity and amazingly silky texture and depth of flavor, is potentially the best wine to date from this site, which may well make it the greatest Pinot yet produced in America. (ST)
Smooth-textured, intense and concentrated, with ripe, complex, mature-tasting plum and black cherry fruit that picks up anise, mineral and dusty berry notes that glide along on the finish. (JL)
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