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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Point Rouge 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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

External Reviews for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Point Rouge

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

In this fine offering, from one of this tasting's most consistent performers, a nutty, pineapple-ginger nose opens to a lively mouth of citrus, hazelnut and spice. The feel is firm, elegant. This handsomely constructed wine finishes long with subtle white peach notes, with dashes of tangy spice and chalk.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/25/2009

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Michael Winery, Peter Chardonnay Belle Cote 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


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Tasting Notes:

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.

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.

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)

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15%

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