Special Occasion Wines Worth The Price


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Everyday is a special occasion that calls for wine on the table.  For extra special occasions, one of my favorite serious vinous splurges is Pinot Noir from Marcassin.  French for ‘young wild boar,’ Marcassin was started by acclaimed California-based winemaker Helen Turley and her husband John Wetlaufer.  Situated about three miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Sonoma Coast area, the nearly 20-acre Marcassin estate vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  While I would love to pull the cork on Marcassin bottles more often, this tightly-allocated, pricey (~$300) Pinot is reserved for the most special of occasions.  To celebrate a professional accomplishment, my wife and I recently splurged on a bottle of 2005 Marcassin Vineyard Pinot.  A beautiful, elegant, and vibrant wine offering aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, earth and mushroom and smoke.  Silky in the mouth with layers of red and blue fruits, violets, herbs and mineral undertones lead to a lengthy fresh raspberry finish.  A wine worthy of a long dinner with great friends. The 2005 is still young, deserving of a few more years in bottle.  
Frank Morgan, Drink What YOU Like

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