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Peter Michael-"les Pavots" ­ ­ Calistoga Ca 2004

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Cuvee Indigene exemplifies our efforts to capture the pure es¬sence of a vineyard through the use of indigenous fermentation. This creates a focused and seamless wine, one that shows off the vineyard's mountain terroir. Fermenting the wine this way also takes 3 to 4 times longer than the conventional method of adding commercially cultured yeast. This long, slow barrel fermentation creates optimal conditions for the development of complex aromas and flavors and imparts a distinct silky texture and long finish.

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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-"les Pavots" ­ ­ Calistoga Ca

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/06/2009

While the 2004 Chardonnay La Carriere does not display the size and power of the 2003, it possesses that extraordinary minerality, orange marmalade, and layered, full-bodied, concentrated palate. This beauty is a great expression of stone fruits and ... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2004 Michael Winery, Peter Chardonnay la Carriere 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Honeysuckle, pear, peach, litchi nut, and creme brulee characteristics are present in the opulent, full-bodied 2004 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene (528 cases produced). Tasting like a grand cru white Burgund... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2004 Michael Winery, Peter Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene 1500ml



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Aromas of candied orange, lemon drop, dry apricot, dry fig and Mirabelle plum, interact with touches of vanilla and elements of meringue and creme-brulee to form this remarkable multi-lay¬ered and intense bouquet. Complexity, richness, "lots of gras" and concentration characterize the palate of this spectacular edition of Cuvee Indigene, promising to age gracefully.

Cuvee Indigene exemplifies our efforts to capture the pure es¬sence of a vineyard through the use of indigenous fermentation. This creates a focused and seamless wine, one that shows off the vineyard's mountain terroir. Fermenting the wine this way also takes 3 to 4 times longer than the conventional method of adding commercially cultured yeast. This long, slow barrel fermentation creates optimal conditions for the development of complex aromas and flavors and imparts a distinct silky texture and long finish.

1,080 cases 750ml bottles, 69 cases 1.5L bottles produced.

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


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