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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Point Rouge 1998

Winemaker's Notes:

Point Rouge, our rarest Chardonnay, is our vinemaker's selection of the absolute top barrels from the entire vintage. In 1998 the winemaker selected six barrels, all of which came from a single block of old vines on Alexander Mountain Estate, formerly known as Gauer Ranch, high above Alexander Valley. These selected barrels are aged an additional three months sur lies for enhanced richness and flavor. The vineyard block, known as "Upper Barn" is renowned for its low yielding vines and intense fruit, attributes of its parentage -the "Old Wente" clone. Using this as the foundation for quality, Point Rouge exemplifies our most complex and concentrated wine from the cellar, a wine that is homage to its terroir. 1998 was a cool and low yielding vintage for this vineyard. Classic Burgundian vinification and extended barrel aging yielded a wine with bright acidity, great extract and persistent length.

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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

Tasting Notes:

The hallmark of Point Rouge is its rich balance of texture, elegance and length on the palate. An expansive, aromatic wine suffused with layers of dried apricots, hazelnuts and lemon-lime. Hints of pineapple with a mineral tone. On the palate, layered richness and focused extracted fruit. Given its concentration of flavor, structure and acidity, we expect this wine to evolve in the bottle for 5-6 years from release.

Point Rouge, our rarest Chardonnay, is our vinemaker's selection of the absolute top barrels from the entire vintage. In 1998 the winemaker selected six barrels, all of which came from a single block of old vines on Alexander Mountain Estate, formerly known as Gauer Ranch, high above Alexander Valley. These selected barrels are aged an additional three months sur lies for enhanced richness and flavor. The vineyard block, known as "Upper Barn" is renowned for its low yielding vines and intense fruit, attributes of its parentage -the "Old Wente" clone. Using this as the foundation for quality, Point Rouge exemplifies our most complex and concentrated wine from the cellar, a wine that is homage to its terroir. 1998 was a cool and low yielding vintage for this vineyard. Classic Burgundian vinification and extended barrel aging yielded a wine with bright acidity, great extract and persistent length.

Aged 14 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% Barrel fermented, 80% new Louis Latour French oak barrels 100% of cuvee made using indigenous yeast

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.55
Total Acidity: 5.7 grams per liter

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