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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille 2004

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At the highest elevation on the estate, the marine influence on Ma Belle-Fille is greater, resulting in cooler daily temperatures in the summer and the autumn months. Situated far up above the summer fog ceiling and exposed to the southeast, the vineyard receives the very first rays of sunshine each morning and remains sunny all day long. This full exposure combined with cooler tem¬peratures creates some unique conditions for ripening the fruit. Maturation is reached earliest here among all of the Peter Michael vineyards.

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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: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/11/2009

Elegant and feminine, the 2004 Chardonnay Belle Cote offers aromas of tropical fruit, crushed rocks, sweet white currants, and peaches. It does not have the body or richness of the 2003, but it is close in style. Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2004 Michael Winery, Peter Chardonnay Belle Cote 750ml



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Tasting Notes:

Spectacularly rich and intense, this vintage of Ma Belle-Fille boasts aromas of citrus oils, orange, dry apricot, apple skins, wet stone and brioche intermixed with notes of acacia. The mouth is rich, concentrated and very generous, displaying additional flavors of baked Reinette apple, meringue and orange rind. The finish is layered, rich, seductive and very long.

At the highest elevation on the estate, the marine influence on Ma Belle-Fille is greater, resulting in cooler daily temperatures in the summer and the autumn months. Situated far up above the summer fog ceiling and exposed to the southeast, the vineyard receives the very first rays of sunshine each morning and remains sunny all day long. This full exposure combined with cooler tem¬peratures creates some unique conditions for ripening the fruit. Maturation is reached earliest here among all of the Peter Michael vineyards.

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1,716 750ml bottles, 69 cases 1.5L bottles produced.

Aged 11 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% of the cuvee was fermented using natural yeast 100% barrel fermented (French oak from selected artisan coopers)

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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