Michaud Pinot Noir 2003

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ripe red and black cherries, currants, and black raspberries are suggested by the wine's aromas and flavors. The mode...

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Michael Michaud has spent pretty much his entire career working with Chalone appellation grapes, first at Chalone Vineyard and now at his eponymous... Read more

ripe red and black cherries, currants, and black raspberries are suggested by the wine's aromas and flavors. The moderate tannins contribute to a p... Read more

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External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Michael Michaud has spent pretty much his entire career working with Chalone appellation grapes, first at Chalone Vineyard and now at his eponymous label. He started planting his vineyard in 1981 and established the Michaud Vineyard brand in 1997. At first Michaud produced a little Chardonnay; Pinot Noir joined the lineup in the 2000 vintage, and he’s added Pinot Blanc (actually Melon de Bourgogne), Sangiovese and Syrah since then. Michaud’s vineyard is at about 1,500 feet, toward the cooler northern end of the appellation. I find that most Chalone AVA wines, even the Chardonnays, require several years in the bottle to show their best sides. Recognizing that, Michaud takes the step of holding back his wines longer than most producers of Chalone AVA wine, which explains why the 2003 Pinot is the current release. Nevertheless, the wine, which sells for $38, is still quite tight, with flavors of cherry and mineral surrounding a firm core of acid and tannin. There’s a long finish. Older Michaud Pinots have fleshed out a bit more and picked up nuances of lavender and cedar. Michaud recommends decanting the wine to help it open further.


External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/25/2009

ripe red and black cherries, currants, and black raspberries are suggested by the wine's aromas and flavors. The moderate tannins contribute to a pleasant suppleness. Subtle wild herbs and spices complement the crushed rock, mineral-like expression of the Chalone appellation terroir. This wine will reward you with its charm and complexity. Enjoy this wine now, in a few years or in 20 years. decanting is helpful. Serve with grilled salmon, steak, roast lamb, duck, quail, roasted chicken.


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40102 Snooth User: jternes
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06/29/2008

Winemaker's Notes:

ripe red and black cherries, currants, and black raspberries are suggested by the wine's aromas and flavors. The moderate tannins contribute to a pleasant suppleness. Subtle wild herbs and spices complement the crushed rock, mineral-like expression of the Chalone appellation terroir. This wine will reward you with its charm and complexity. Enjoy this wine now, in a few years or in 20 years. decanting is helpful. Serve with grilled salmon, steak, roast lamb, duck, quail, roasted chicken.

ripe red and black cherries, currants, and black raspberries are suggested by the wine's aromas and flavors. The moderate tannins contribute to a pleasant suppleness. Subtle wild herbs and spices complement the crushed rock, mineral-like expression of the Chalone appellation terroir. This wine will reward you with its charm and complexity. Enjoy this wine now, in a few years or in 20 years. decanting is helpful. Serve with grilled salmon, steak, roast lamb, duck, quail, roasted chicken.

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