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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Varietals Produced by Marcassin Vineyard View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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Marcassin Vineyard on Snooth

  • 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 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

    Comment by 1307723m75torres 1307723 m75torres

  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Marcassin Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Blue-Slide Ridge Vineyard 2004


    We tried this 2004 Marcassin Vineyard with our wine-knowledgeable friends and we all agreed that this was one of the very best, if not the best, Pinot Noirs we have ever tasted. Read More

    Wine review by lorin letendre

  • Yes, I am native SF bay area Californian... 2nd gen.  Yes, I love and drink CA wines.  Yes, I have started to go outside my comfort zone and drink wine from other regions, many of which I really like.However, my hands down fav. wines are California wines.. unless it is a grape done more commonly in another area and not CA- examples are Torrontes... Read More

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  • Marcassin Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Marcassin Vineyard 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by JMacey

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