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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

The advantages of Belle Cote s mountain site were obvious in 2002. In addition to its cooling elevation, hot temperatures late in the growing season were mitigated by its slightly eastern exposure by keeping the fruit out of the potent afternoon sun. A prompt harvest revealed exceptional ripeness without the loss of acidity. In the cellar, a slow, cool natural fermentation in barrel was allowed to take place to expose Belle Cote's e usive nature.

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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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External Reviews for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille

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Source: Epic Cellars
05/17/2010

The 2002 Chardonnay Belle Cote (2,780 cases) is a big offering. Filled with pure tropical fruit characteristics, it is a full-bodied, exotic Chardonnay offering up tremendous notes of smoky hazelnuts as well as lychee nuts presented in a ripe, gorgeously balanced style with a decidedly California personality, but with more definition than most California Chardonnays of this size and intensity. It is made primarily from the old Wente clone of Chardonnay planted on clay-dominated soils.



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Tasting Notes:

Distinctly intense and hedonistic. Rich and exotic perfumed aromas and flavors of rose, apple, mango, lychee nuts and orange (bergamote candy); a background of minerals, spices and hazelnut. Deep, full-bodied and concentrated on the palate from the start to its long finish. The 2002 Belle Cote is ready to drink and will continue to develop for 7+ years.

The advantages of Belle Cote s mountain site were obvious in 2002. In addition to its cooling elevation, hot temperatures late in the growing season were mitigated by its slightly eastern exposure by keeping the fruit out of the potent afternoon sun. A prompt harvest revealed exceptional ripeness without the loss of acidity. In the cellar, a slow, cool natural fermentation in barrel was allowed to take place to expose Belle Cote's e usive nature.

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2682 cases 750ml bottles, 59 cases 1.5L bottles produced.

Aged 11 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% of the cuvee was fermented using natural yeast

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.6%

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