Like Kistler, Marcassin is an early California cult that built its fame and reputation on Chardonnay and, to a lesser extent, Pinot Noir.
The personal winery of über-cult winemaker Helen Turley and her husband John Wetlaufer, Marcassin was one of the earliest cult wineries. From the start, the combination of the Turley name and the Martinelli name -- a cult producer in their own right and owner of some exceptional vineyards -- produced big bucks and plenty of points, though in today’s world their points might not have allowed them to break out like they did.
Current release prices include:
2005 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay, $300
2005 Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir, $325