2001 Peter Michael - Belle Cote 750ml

USA - California - Sonoma - Knights Valley/ White / Chardonnay
2001 Peter Michael - Belle Cote
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($60) Rather exotic aromas of ripe peach and apricot, Bartlett pear, rose petal, lichee, white pepper and minerals; a bit reminiscent of Alsace gewurztraminer. Sweet, thick, almost oily, with deep, thoroughly ripe fruit flavors of peach and apricot. Superconcentrated for this bottling, but as large-scaled as it is, it still retains a degree of elegance. Very long on the finish. A rather Meursault-like wine that may well go in a petrolly direction as it ages in bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Advocate | 91-93

The 2001 Chardonnay Belle Cote exhibits exotic tropical fruit notes, a layered, opulent texture, medium to full body, less minerality than La Carriere, beautiful layers of fruit, and a stunning finish. This brilliant effort should drink well for 5-7 years.

Drink Dates: 2003-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Wine Spectator | 93

Rich, exotic smoky oak, fresh bread dough and smoked grain aromas surround a plush core of ripe pear, fig and earthy citrus flavors that turn creamy and buttery on a long, lingering finish. Shows a trace of heat, but is enormously complex and sophisticated. 2,365 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2007
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: DrinkBeHappy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/13/2011
still drinking well
Score:
Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/20/2010
Drink Dates:
In ok shape. not many years to go.
More Vintages and Sizes of Peter Michael - Belle Cote :

2012 (750ml)

About This Producer


Peter Michael's estate vineyards (founded in 1982) are what make his wines truly exceptional. Sugarloaf Ranch sits high above Knights Valley in eastern Sonoma County, and from its rocky volcanic soil come Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Alexander Mountain Estate Vineyard, above Alexander Valley, provides additional Chardonnay. All Peter Michael wines are site-driven single vineyard bottlings, whether from the estate or the limited sourced appellations. The line-up of estate wines is supplemented by a Pinot Noir from Pisoni Vineyard called "Le Moulin Rouge."

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