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1996 Peter Michael - Belle Cote 750ml
1996 Peter Michael - Belle Cote
USA - California - Sonoma - Knights Valley
White / Chardonnay
1996 Peter Michael - Belle Cote
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IWC
89

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 78

Complex aroma of beeswax, roasted hazelnut, lemon zest and tangerine. Thick, broad and tactile in the mouth; conveys a fat impression but could use more depth of flavor. Chewy but quite dry.

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WA
93

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 114

1996 was a much hotter year than 1997, 1995, and 1994. While the 1996s are outstanding wines, in some cases the aromatics are more muted because of 1996's high heat. As the tasting notes and ratings evidence, the Chardonnays are slightly more bunched in scores and quality than in vintages such as 1995 and 1994. Two-thousand cases were produced of the 1996 Chardonnay Belle Cote from Peter Michael's 15-acre vineyard in Knight's Valley. This is the finest example of Belle Cote I have yet tasted. A beautifully aromatic wine, with leesy, Burgundian-like aromas, in addition to those of white peaches, citrus, and honey, this full-bodied, well-endowed Chardonnay possesses low acidity, a lush, open-knit, expansive texture, and mouthfilling levels of extract. This is an opulent, flamboyant, exceptionally complex Chardonnay that should drink well for 1-3 years. All of Peter Michael's top wines, including the Chardonnays, are bottled without filtration. Readers should make it a point to visit this winery situated in Knights Valley, not far from the Napa/Sonoma county line. The quality is extraordinary, and the commitment and talent of the winery staff laudatory. Moreover, the winery seems committed to achieving even greater quality.

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WS
93

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Elegant and understated at first, with delicate pear, tangerine and vanilla flavors that build into a more complex and concentrated wine, with hazelnut, citrus and fig.

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