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2002 Peter Michael - Belle Cote 750ml
2002 Peter Michael - Belle Cote
USA - California - Sonoma - Knights Valley
White / Chardonnay
2002 Peter Michael - Belle Cote
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Professional Reviews


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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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 150

The 2002 Chardonnay Belle Cote (2,780 cases) is a big offering. Filled with pure tropical fruit characteristics, it is a full-bodied, exotic Chardonnay offering up tremendous notes of smoky hazelnuts as well as lychee nuts presented in a ripe, gorgeously balanced style with a decidedly California personality, but with more definition than most California Chardonnays of this size and intensity. It is made primarily from the old Wente clone of Chardonnay planted on clay-dominated soils. It is best drunk during its first 3-4 years of life.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

A rich and deeply flavorful young white, brimming with layers of fig, apricot, honeysuckle and light toasty oak, hazelnut and nutmeg scents, finishing with a long, detailed, mouthcoating aftertaste. 2,682 cases made.

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Community Reviews

Stephen G41 Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 03/19/2011

Excellent Cali chard, ready to drink, for sure.


TMac Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 12/24/2009

See previous tasting note.


Daniel B 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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