Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

As the oldest of three Peter Michael estate Chardonnay vineyards, Belle Côte exemplifies 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).

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

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Snooth User: webstore
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4.00 5
11/20/2008

Aromas of lychee, nuts, citrus and rose petals. Creamy and rich! Don't usually drink Chardonnays, yet this is one of the few I will drink.


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04/04/2012

Four and a half glasses


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

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/20/2010

The Chardonnay Belle Cote is always a more exotic wine. There are 2,700 cases of the 2006. Very ripe, with hints of tropical fruits, subtle wood, decent acidity, and a fresh, lively, full-bodied feel, this wine should drink nicely for 5-6 years. This... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2006 Michael Winery, Peter Chardonnay Belle Cote 750ml


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/31/2008

From one of Sonoma's high mountain slopes, this is a dense and complex wine with aromas and flavors of apricot, peach, pear and apple, with accents of rose petal and pepper. Fairly weighty but elegant and well-balanced.



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Tasting Notes:

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 final 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. The 2006 Belle Côte is enjoyable now and will continue to develop its unique character for a decade.

As the oldest of three Peter Michael estate Chardonnay vineyards, Belle Côte exemplifies 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).

Aged 11 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast 100% barrel fermented (French oak from selected artisan coopers)

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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