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1998 Peter Michael - Point Rouge

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 99 WA
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 54395-1998-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Complex, subtle aromas of dried and fresh apricot and pineapple, plus an intriguing minerally, metallic quality. Thick, sweet and flamboyant; silkier and more pliant than the above and thus much more inviting today. Wonderful layered richness without any loss of focus. Finishes very long and very ripe. Superb chardonnay. I notice that my scores for these chardonnays are virtually identical to my ratings of the '97s; but these '98s should last longer.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2000
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The light gold-colored 1998 Chardonnay Point Rouge displays an emerging nose of honeyed tropical fruits and citrus. It possesses exquisite concentration, admirable singularity, full body, and terrific purity and delineation. This 1998 is a candidate for a perfect score.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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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    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 27 bottles owned
    • 15 collectors