Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Point Rouge 2007
Point Rouge, our consummate Chardonnay, is our winemaker’s selection of the absolute top barrels from the entire vintage. These barrels were singled out for their exceptional quality enhancement to the overall blend. Twelve barrels from the 2007 vintage were gradually isolated in the cellar. The final cuvée was completed in December 2008, and contains barrels from the vineyards of La Carrière, Belle Cote, Ma Belle-Fille and the Alexander Mountain Estate. The judicious assemblage benefited from extended ‘sur lies’ maturation.
External Reviews for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Point Rouge
Lots of flavor, richness and finesse to this Chardonnay, with layers of ripe pear, citrus, fig, tangerine and melon unfolding gracefully. Turns elegant and polished on the finish, where the flavors show added depth and dimension. Drink now through 2003.
Slightly deeper green-tinged yellow. Deeply pitched aromas of grilled nuts, orange marmalade, apricot jam, honeysuckle and ginger. Riper, thicker and more viscous than the Carrière, with a flavor of grilled nuts. Dense and quite dry. A bit less forthcoming today but impressively long.
Rich, elegant and buttery in texture, offering complex pear, fig, melon, and honeysuckle flavors before fanning out nicely on the finish to reveal even greater depth and richness. Drink now through 2006.
Slightly hazy, unfiltered appearance. Complex ripe, leesy aromas of baked apple, apricot , five-spice powder and vanillin oak. Fat, dense and minerally, with brisk, integrated acidity and a citrus quality; and very good but not outstanding length. An impressive wine from vines planted in 1990.
The 1997 Chardonnay Belle Côte, which is made primarily from such old California Chardonnay clones as Wente, fermented with indigenous yeasts, aged in French barrels (50% new), and bottles unfiltered. The light straw/gold color is followed by sumptuous leesy, toasty and honeyed pineapple scents with a touch of mineral. the wine is medium to full-bodied, with exquisite texture, a sexy, rich after-taste, and superb purity - a hall mark of every Peter Michael wine. All of the Chardonnay save for the unbottled Point Rouge has been bottled in August, yet were singing in high volume when I tasted them in September.
The 2007 Chardonnay Belle Cote is sensational. An intoxicating nose of lemon blossoms, poached pear, white peach, and crushed stone soars from the glass of this full-bodied wine. It has zesty acidity, great purity, length, and depth, and is certainly... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Michael Winery, Peter Chardonnay Belle Cote 750ml
A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Michael Winery, Peter Chardonnay Belle Cote 750ml
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Offering elegance, complexity and richness, the 2007 Point Rouge is an exceptional wine. The nose is filled with aromas of ripe apple, citrus oils, orange rind, William pear, dried apricot, candied pineapple and acacia. Seamless and rich in the mouth, notes of coconut, crème brûlée, honeysuckle, chestnut skin, vanilla and white truffle are framed with a wet stone-like minerality. The wine offers a rare harmony as well as extraordinary tactile persistence. Already refined, the wine will gain even more complexity in 4-5 years and should continue to age gracefully for two decades.
100% naturally fermented using native yeast produced.
Aged 16 months in French Oak.
Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast 100% barrel fermented (French oak from artisan coopers)