2005 Peter Michael - Belle Cote 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The Chardonnay Belle Cote is always a more exotic wine. There are 2,200 cases of the 2005 Chardonnay Belle Cote, a wine with undeniable notes of crushed stones, white peach, orange, nectarine, and quince. Medium to full-bodied, with zesty acidity, stunning minerality, and a firm structure, this is a gorgeous, French-styled Chardonnay that should drink nicely for up to a decade

Drink Dates: 2007-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($70) Hazy pale gold. Explosively perfumed nose, with intense iodine and smoke notes accenting ripe orange and pear aromas. Remarkably concentrated citrus and mineral flavors are deepened by sweet butter, smoked meat and an exotic cherry pit note. Really stains the palate and finishes on a zesty citrus pith note, with outstanding persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Aromas of ripe pear, peach and melon carry over to the palate in a clean, refreshing manner. Turns elegant and refined, ending with a dash of oak and mineral. Yet doesn't offer the richness and depth this wine has shown in the past. 2,240 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/08/2011
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Rating: 96
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/15/2011
Sumptuous, balanced, the best of the old- and new world. Great now, plenty left.

Rating: 95
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/20/2012
Distinctive citrus and roasted nut bouquet. Creamy mouthfeel full of lemon oil flavors. Very nice wine

Rating: 95
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature

Rating: 94
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/14/2011
very pefumed, balanced and delicious

Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1126 bottles owned by 366 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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