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Marcassin, Three Sisters Chardonnay 2010
John Turi - Wine, White Wine

Marcassin, Three Sisters Chardonnay, 2010

Wine Rating: 94

Lunch – Laguna Beach, June

After a long drive on PCH, we pull into a place we have been to many times. We valet the Porsche (a vintage 1984 Cabriolet) and walk in to the bistro. The smell of fresh seafood being prepped hooks our senses. They have been expecting us. The man who runs the front of the house escorts us outside. From atop the cliffs and as far as the eye can see, are green and blue hues of the Pacific. The California sun lightly toasts our skin as we are seated and a gentle breeze carries the unmistakable sharp smell of the ocean water to us. From our table, we watch large waves crash on the jetted rocks below. A muddled thud echoes as the surf breaks and it sounds like an elephant jumping out of a tree.


Marcassin Pinot Noir
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Marcassin, Pinot Noir, 2009

Wine Rating: 97

It seems the artistes I enjoy most, have something slightly controversial about them. Sid Vicious was so raucous and had such angst, that as a teenager I completely related to his F-U attitude. Hell, I still do. As I got older, I moved into filmmakers like John Cassavetes, Roman Polanski, and John Waters. Then there are the authors. If I were to give you the entire list of all the writers who have had an impact on my life, whose words have deeply resonate with me like no others, we’d be here for a while. So I’ll just give you the short list of the authors, who like me, are rough around the edges, but who can keep me turning a page for hours, if not days. They are Bukowski, Burroughs, Pynchon, and Hemingway. READ MORE

John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Screaming Eagle, Second Flight, 2008

Wine Rating: 95

I have waited a long time to bring you this review, to celebrate both wine and winemaker. There is much I wish to tell you about both, and at the risk of seeming overly enthused (which I am), I’m keeping this usual narrative and personal intro a bit more succinct. But know this: this wine, by far, is one you must try.

It is the best of wines. It is the worst of wines. The year was 1992 in Oakville, California. A real estate broker planted a small 54 acre vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon with the help of a well-respected and very well-known winemaker. Three years later, history was made when a mere 200 cases were bottled and Napa Valley would never be the same again. It was then that a wine legend was born, and it’s also considered to be when one of California’s first cult wines was discovered. The term “cult wine” started in the mid-‘90s and refers to highly rated wines, usually a 96 point or above, by the likes of Robert Parker and Wine Spectator, and which are limited in production to 600 – 1000 cases a year or less.