2004 Peter Michael - Belle Cote 750ml

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WA 95   IWC 93(+?)   WS 90   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The light straw/green-colored 2004 Chardonnay Belle Cote offers an exotic nose of tropical fruits, litchi nuts, tangerines, and brioche. Gorgeous acidity buttresses the wine's full-bodied, concentrated mouthfeel and freshness. It could easily pass for a grand cru from Chassagne-Montrachet.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($70) Good bright, pale yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of peach, nectarine, orange rind, rose petal and lichee. Although rather backward, this began suppler than the Carriere despite conveying an impression of solid acidity. Very dry and sophisticated chardonnay with excellent length. I found myself raising my score every time I went back to this wine, which gained sweetness with aeration.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Sleek and refined, rich and elegant, with a silky band of anise, pear, hazelnut and ginger. Retains its elegance on a long, soothing finish that keeps repeating the fruit and light oak and mineral themes. 1,716 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2008
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/16/2008
Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Apricot on the nose, and palate. Nicely balanced with wood. Fruit fading somewhat

Rating: 89
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/12/2012
quite pleasant in the beginning. nutty and nice acidity. However, it went downhill. short finish.

Rating: 89
Author: Reed D
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/25/2009
Drink Dates:

Average rating: 93, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1065 bottles owned by 300 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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