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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Cuvée Indigene 2001

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As the oldest of three Peter Michael estate Chardonnay vineyards, Belle Côte exemplifi es how consistently these mountain vineyard sites produce exceptionally high quality Chardonnay. Given the naturally cool climate of the vineyard’s high elevation, and the fact that the site is sheltered from the hot afternoon sun by its southeastern exposure and a stand of trees on its western border, the vines are exceptionally slow to ripen. For this site, the growing season typically extends into October (two to three weeks longer than most Chardonnay vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties). Distinctly intense and powerfully hedonistic aromas of lychee nuts, citrus and rose petals come to mind with a background of mineral, candied orange, yellow peach, nutmeg and a fi nal touch of cedar. Weighty in the mouth and creamy, the palate is rich and seamless. High natural acidity and notes of brioche and pain grillé complete the mouth feel. 100% naturally fermented using native yeast 100% barrel fermented (French oak, selected artisan coopers) Barrel aged sur lies 11 months with weekly bâtonnage Bottled without fi ning or fi ltration in January 30, 2008 Alcohol 14.5 %

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Peter Michael Winery:
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant ... Read more
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant rather than overstated. Three, there would be a hundred-year commitment to the development of a great estate. Read less

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The 2001 La Carriere may be the best vintage so far. The terroir driven minerality is evident; wet river stone and baking Hour come to mind. These elements are highlighted with citrus notes of lemon and lime with a toasty background of pain-grille. The exquisite elegance is equally rewarding on the palate. The wine is rich and smooth without being too powerful. The mineral core of this wine will allow it to age well over the next 7-10 years like its Burgundian cousins.

As the oldest of three Peter Michael estate Chardonnay vineyards, Belle Côte exemplifi es how consistently these mountain vineyard sites produce exceptionally high quality Chardonnay. Given the naturally cool climate of the vineyard’s high elevation, and the fact that the site is sheltered from the hot afternoon sun by its southeastern exposure and a stand of trees on its western border, the vines are exceptionally slow to ripen. For this site, the growing season typically extends into October (two to three weeks longer than most Chardonnay vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties). Distinctly intense and powerfully hedonistic aromas of lychee nuts, citrus and rose petals come to mind with a background of mineral, candied orange, yellow peach, nutmeg and a fi nal touch of cedar. Weighty in the mouth and creamy, the palate is rich and seamless. High natural acidity and notes of brioche and pain grillé complete the mouth feel. 100% naturally fermented using native yeast 100% barrel fermented (French oak, selected artisan coopers) Barrel aged sur lies 11 months with weekly bâtonnage Bottled without fi ning or fi ltration in January 30, 2008 Alcohol 14.5 %

1,200 cases 750 ml bottles, 40 cases magnums produced.

Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast 100% barrel fermented


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