A bit demure on the nose, but really puts out on the palate. Wow. Lovely, concentrated green apple, honeysuckle, plenty of seashell, all while somehow remaining light on its feet and free of any excessive heaviness. Not a whole lot of acidity, but enough to achieve excellent balance. I am really, really loving this.
Dull, one-dimensional nose, with notes of chlorine that never fully blew off. Intense, sappy and sour on the palate, not in a good way. A bit of blackberry fruit, but not much. There are plenty of $20 pinots that are better than this.
By the way, can you think of another wine that got 97 points from Steven Tanzer, and 78 points from Allen Meadows? These Marcassin pinots do seem to rub Steven and Allen in different ways.
Didn't show particularly well. Some nice bright acidity, and full body that put me in the mind of decent white Burgundy. But it lacked complexity. About three hours after opening, the wine started revealing some interesting chalkiness. I'll refrain from rating the wine, because I'm not sure how much better it would have become if there was any left. If you have some of this, leave it in the cellar for now, and if you must serve it now, decant it. Maybe double-decant it.