• WS: 90

    Wine Spectator Score

    90

    Close
  • WA: 90

    Wine Advocate Score

    (94-96)

    Close

Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

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 autumn months. Situated far 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 temperatures causes its fruit to mature earliest of all the Peter Michael vineyards.

  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • + List It
  • + Critic Score

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
4.37 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
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
Suggested Recipe Pairing presented by
Layered Rice Pudding

RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

View Recipe

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

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
07/08/2009

The 2005 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille offers notes of orange blossom, spring flowers, peaches, and hints of poached pears, butter, and smoke. Underlying the enormous richness is phenomenal acidity, a characteristic of the 2005 cool climate Chardonnays. As the wine sits in the glass, a notion of roasted nuts also comes through.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewThe 2005 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir exhibits extraordinary intensity, full body, great acidity, and orange blossom, lemon oil, wet stone, flower, and tropical fruit notes. With superb intensity as well as remarkable subtlety and freshness, it should drink well for 5-7 years.



All Prices

Shipping to:

Tasting Notes:

2005 marks the fourth vintage of Ma Belle-Fille. The wine is spectacularly intense, boasts aromas of citrus oils, tangerine blossom, dried apricot, apple skins, accented with wet stone-like minerality, brioche and acacia. Rich, concentrated and generous in the mouth, the wine displays additional flavors of William pear, dried almond, meringue and orange rind with notes of baked Reinette apple. The finish is seductively layered 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 autumn months. Situated far 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 temperatures causes its fruit to mature earliest of all the Peter Michael vineyards.

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: 14.6%

Recipe Downloader

RiceSelect

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »







Snooth Media Network