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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Point Rouge 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

Point Rouge, our rarest Chardonnay, is our winemaker's selection of the absolute top barrels from the entire vintage. Through tasting and blending trials these special barrels were singled out because of their exceptional quality and how they enhanced the overall blend. From the 2001 vintage, 16 barrels were gradually isolated from the original 230 barrels produced. The final cuvee was completed in December 2002 and is comprised of 12 barrels from the vineyards of La Carriere, Belle-Cote and the Alexander Mountain Estate. The judicious assemblage benefited from an extended 'sur lies1 maturation.

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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 Point Rouge

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/28/2010

There will be a relatively abundant quantity of 2001 Chardonnay Point Rouge (425 cases). A light green/gold color is followed by aromas of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with honeysuckle, orange skin, and sweet citrus. This expansive, powerful, packed ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2001 Peter Michael Winery Chardonnay Point Rouge 750ml



Tasting Notes:

The Point Rouge is the pinnacle of the Peter Michael family of Chardonnay. The wine is continually evolving offering a seemingly endless supply of aromas. It expresses harmonious and complex elements which alternate between apricot, orange, citrus, honeysuckle and an extraordinary minerality. The palate is multi-layered as well, carrying all of the aromas from the bouquet and adding hints of almond and vanilla. It is exceptionally expansive and round lingering on the palette, affording an impressively long finish. The Point Rouge already displays its complexity, but will continue to develop even more nuances over time.

Point Rouge, our rarest Chardonnay, is our winemaker's selection of the absolute top barrels from the entire vintage. Through tasting and blending trials these special barrels were singled out because of their exceptional quality and how they enhanced the overall blend. From the 2001 vintage, 16 barrels were gradually isolated from the original 230 barrels produced. The final cuvee was completed in December 2002 and is comprised of 12 barrels from the vineyards of La Carriere, Belle-Cote and the Alexander Mountain Estate. The judicious assemblage benefited from an extended 'sur lies1 maturation.

280 cases 750 ml bottles and 5 cases of magnums produced.

Aged 16 months.

Notes: 100% Barrel fermented. 100% of cuvee made using indigenous yeast.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.8%

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