International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114
($65) Bright yellow color with a slight haze. Highly complex nose melds fresh pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and crushed stone, all lifted by a strong citrus rind element. Very dense, rich and bright; uncompromisingly dry but superconcentrated and wonderfully nuanced from the start. Offers a superb range of flavors, including grapefruit, stone, lichee, and a delicate suggestion of rose petal, plus hints of exotic fruits. Finishes with youthful austerity and superb grip. Shows the typical viscosity of this bottling, but seems more backward than the 2001 at a similar stage.
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Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/19/2011
Excellent Cali chard, ready to drink, for sure.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/24/2009
See previous tasting note.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2004-2006
From a vineyard planted to three different Chardonnay clones (Rued, Old Wente, and See), the 2002 Belle Cote is an extremely big Chardonnay. Sadly, it lacks sufficient acidity to counter its impressive girth. Medium gold colored wine with a bright and airy nose with tons of butterscotch, lemon liqueur, and vanilla spice. Heavy on the palate but with loads of sweet fruit, graham crackers, and oak. Very viscous and intense with excellent length. A heavyweight but perhaps too much of a good thing.
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