Marcassin Vineyard

3358 River Road
Windsor, CA 95492
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Marcassin is the wine produced by celebrated California cult winemaker Helen Turley and her husband, John Wetlaufer on the Sonoma Coast in California. The name, meaning “wild boar” is also the name of the 20-acre vineyard where the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes for her wines are grown. Two-thirds of the winery’s production is Pinot Noir. Production is limited to 2,500 to 3,000 cases a year, with the majority of the bottles sold only to exclusive mailing list members (there is an extensive wait list to receive them). The wines typically start at around $125 a bottle to the mailing list and sell for many more times that at auction. Until 2011, the wine itself was produced at Turley’s Martinelli winery in the Russian River Valley, but are now produced solely at Marcassin. 

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  • LOTS of good wine out of S.A. They've got plenty of winemaking history down there and some of the most beautiful vineyards anywhere, for what that's worth.Focus on one or two varietals and try several. Chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc are good places to start. Very good qpr, but not only that, more-than-decent wines. Just don't expect supermarke... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Is anyone actually tasting 1997 Cali Cabs that have held up? On the other hand, ... example, I adored the 2009 Marcassin Vineyard pinot, getting none of the negatives picked up by some tasters in Marcassin wines. It had 9 hours.)2. Peter Michael Les Pavots (vintage TBD). This will get 12 hours in the decanter. We are deciding between 2008, 2010... Read More

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  • I find the assertion that oaked chardonnay is somehow lacking in pure fruit flavors a little short-sighted. True, the cheaper malo chardonnay is not likely to provide a stunning display of fruit. However, in the hands of people like Helen Turley, chardonnay can be fully malo'd, fermented in oak, and packed with delicious ripe fruit flavor. Brewe... Read More

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  • Is it me, or are oaky chards out of fashion? Nowadays most every producer I encounter boasts about their stainless steel tanks. All I want to experience with my Chardonnay is toast with a big ol' pad of melted butter on top. Can anyone recommend some excellent oaky chard producers? Thanks!  Read More

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  • For those struggling to bet access to Marcassin wines, I highly recommend exploring Martinelli pinots and chards. I normally do not like pinots very much - they taste thin, watered down, and pretty unimpressive to me. Yet the Martinelli single vineyard pinots all have been closer to Marcassin (for obvious reasons) than many other pinots, includi... Read More

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  • . . . but has anybody participated in, or read about, a blind tasting of multiple samples of the same wine that have been opened for varying amounts of time?Many years ago I subscribed to Stereophile magazine. Not that I could afford the high-end equipment that they reviewed--heck, I could barely afford the magazine subscription--but I enjoy mus... Read More

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  • Helen, I have some interesting "cultivar" (terrain) questions to ask you about your future. Know you are rich and famous now, but don't forget your beginnings in St. Helena of which I was a part. I would like to talk with you about excellent opportunities for Marcassin. (Happy to see Larry purchased Karly-- best Zinfandel country ever!) Please c...

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  • i am very much interested on how to just get on tmarcassin mailing list please email your results m75torres@me.com thank u

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  • i am very interested on how i can get on the marcassin mailing list... please email me your result m75torres@me.com

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  • http://www.bigtablefarm.com/A new find for me today, and one that seems to warrant sharing. They produce a Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah from 70 Acres. On current release I'm counting a little over 1,000 cases in production. Not bad for a husband (winemaker, Brian Marcy) and wife (Artist, Vineyard Mgr) team.Just from doing some brief o... Read More

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  • I am a dyed in the wool fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlots, Sangiovese's and a few Chardonnays and Pinot Grigio's. I am trying to widen my spectrum to include Pinot Noir's. I live in the Pacific Northwest so the Pinot Noir's are readily available due to the large varieties from Oregon.Before I embark on purchasing some different brands I would l... Read More

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  • Don't know if you all have been following this interesting saga, but for those who haven't, here's a pretty good summary.  Nothing really new, but nicely written up.  And of course, the story continues.  At any rate, the recently revived thread on CA Pinot Noir vs Burgundy reminded me to post this.To summarize, he has conclusivelydemonstrated th... Read More

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  • Dear sir and Madam, Please advise how I can sign up for your waiting list. I have searched high and low only to come up empty.I can be reached by phone at 732-977-9757,or e-mail at drbuzzy@comcast.net. Thank you, Dr. Beard

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  • Dear Sir and Madam, On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we cordially invite your company to participate in Interwine China 2011, which is organized by Canton Universal Fair Group Ltd., and sponsored by China National Association for Liquor and Spirits Circulation, will be held in China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, from May 25th...

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