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Marcassin Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge 1998

Your Price: $395.00

Producer: Marcassin
Optimum drinking: 2017-2020
Rating: 98+ - eRobertParker.com
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir 100%
Appellation: Sonoma County, California
Bottle report: Excellent condition.

Marcassin, which takes its name from a type of young, wild boar, produces a California interpretation of Pinot rather than a Burgundy copycat - a deliciously, a sweet, full-bodied, ripe style.

"The 1998 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge exhibits a grand cru Burgundy-like perfume of plum liqueur intermixed with soy, underbrush, and roasted meats in a more foresty, autumnal style than the 1999, 2000, and 2001. There is sweet black cherry fruit as well as a pronounced earthy, animal-like character to this wine. It is compelling Pinot Noir." eRobertParker.com

"Smoky and restrained, with a firm, dry tannic grip. Rich rhubarb, black cherry, cola and earthy-anise and earthen floor flavors that provide a solid base. Finishes with a complex fruit and earth aftertaste." Wine Spectator