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2012 Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Côte

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 99 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 95 JS
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 54386-2012

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A rich, vibrant, riveting style, with tiers of apricot, fig, honeydew melon, pineapple, toasty oak and blanched almond. Best of all, the flavors run deep and persistent, ending with a long, full finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 95

    Aromas of flint, pineapples, sliced apples, white peaches, pears and light honey. Ginger. A full-bodied, broad-shouldered white. It turns linear and shows lots of licorice and aniseed character. Drink or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Pale gold. High-pitched citrus fruits and white flowers on the nose, with hints of anise and iodine adding complexity. Racy and mineral-driven and packs a punch, offering zesty orange pith, peach and honeysuckle flavors, with a note of ginger adding bite. The clean, stony finish leaves notes of pit fruits and honey behind.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The nearly perfect 2012 Chardonnay Belle Cote boasts an amazing perfume of pineapple marmalade, tangerine oil, wet rocks and citrus blossoms. This full-bodied, stunning Chardonnay has a creamy texture as well as fabulous underlying mineral characteristics. One of the great wines of the vintage, this amazing Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next decade or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Lots of butter and cream but also vibrant fruit. I liked it, although some in our group were put off by the malo.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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

  • 524 bottles owned
  • 105 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 105 collectors)