2001 Marcassin ‘Marcassin Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, USA
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Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, USA 2001
ROBERT PARKERFrom barrel, this wine received a high rating, but in subsequent bottle tastings, this narrowly constructed, lean, muscular, moderate tannic Marcassin Pinot Noir continues to disappoint. It is still an outstanding Pinot, but in the league of great Pinot Noirs made by Marcassin from their Estate Vineyard on the Sonoma coast, the 2001 has usually left me wanting more. The wine still has a youthful, crisp, acid edge and is medium-bodied with moderate tannin as well as more red fruits, such as cranberries and red currants, along with forest floor, earth and spice notes. The finish is somewhat abrupt, and those who prefer austere, angular Pinot Noirs will enjoy it more than the richer, more showy vintages (i.e., 2000 and 2002).
WINE SPECTATORIncredible richness, density and concentration, with a tight backbone. The core black cherry, wild berry and raspberry are ripe and effusive, with hints of rose petal and cranberry, and touches of hazelnut and nutmeg. The finish sails on, returning to the rich flavor themes that are woven together in a tight yet seamless and persistent manner.
The Wine Cellar InsiderThis full throttle style of Pinot will never be confused with Burgundy, but, perhaps that’s why I liked it! This is not a wine of finesse, but one of powerful, ripe red fruits.