2002 Peter Michael - Belle Cote 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95-98

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.

Drink Dates: 2003-2007
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

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.

Drink Dates: 2004-2008
Author: James Laube

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/19/2011
Excellent Cali chard, ready to drink, for sure.

Rating: 97
Author: TMac
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/24/2009
See previous tasting note.

Rating: 93
Author: 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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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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