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2001 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard Sonoma Coast
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2005

($90) Quinine, peach, clove and liquid stone on the nose, complicated by a suggestion of exotic fruits. Rich, round, dense and suave; highly concentrated but extremely subtle. The deepest of these 2001s, with minerals and spices emerging on the very long finish, which shows some oak notes of vanilla and grilled nuts. Wetlaufer describes the 2001s-pinots as well as chardonnays-as drier, less open and higher in alcohol than the Marcassin 2002s, and they are indeed less showy today.

94 Points | Wine Spectator
100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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