Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille 2006

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Distinctly intense and powerfully hedonistic aromas of lychee nuts, citrus and rose petals come to mind with a backgr...

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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. Read more

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... Read more

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, d... Read more

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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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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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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/21/2010

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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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).

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).

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Aged 11 months in French Oak.

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

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Alcohol: 14.5%

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