Peter Michael Winery Ma Belle-Fille Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2002

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At the highest elevation on the estate, the influence on Ma Belle-Fille from the marine breeze is greater resulting in cooler daily temperatures in the summer and the autumn months. Situated far up above the summer fog ceiling and exposed to the Southeast, the vineyard receives the very first rays of sunshine each morning and remains sunny all day long. This full insolation combined with cooler temperatures creates some unique conditions for the ripening of the fruit. The maturation is reached at the earliest among all of the estate vineyards. The picking of its fruit rings in the harvest season.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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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 Winery Ma Belle-Fille Estate Vineyard Chardonnay

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/31/2009

Extraordinary aromas of orange blossoms, ripe apple skins, liquefied rocks, citrus oils, and a hint of tropical fruit soar from the glass of the 2002 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille. The debut vintage of th... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2002 Michael Winery, Peter Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille 750ml



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Tasting Notes:

Rich and intense, this inaugural vintage of Ma Belle-Fille boasts aromas of citrus oils, orange blossoms, dry apricot, apple skins, lily of the valley, wet stone and brioche intermixed with such exotic tropical fruits as guava and ripened pineapple, and a hint of fern and earthiness.The mouth is rich, concentrated and very generous, displaying additional flavors of baked Reinette apple, walnut and pain grille. The overall richness of Ma Belle-Fille presages a long ageing potential.

At the highest elevation on the estate, the influence on Ma Belle-Fille from the marine breeze is greater resulting in cooler daily temperatures in the summer and the autumn months. Situated far up above the summer fog ceiling and exposed to the Southeast, the vineyard receives the very first rays of sunshine each morning and remains sunny all day long. This full insolation combined with cooler temperatures creates some unique conditions for the ripening of the fruit. The maturation is reached at the earliest among all of the estate vineyards. The picking of its fruit rings in the harvest season.

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881 cases 750ml bottles, 20 cases 1.5L bottles produced.

Aged 11 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% of the cuvee was fermented using native yeast 100% barrel fermented (French oak from selected artisan coopers)

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.1%

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