2005 Peter Michael - Mon Plaisir 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2005 Mon Plaisir reveals greater intensity, full body, and terrific acidity, with hints of orange marmalade, lemon blossom, hazelnut, and earth. The wine is full-bodied, rich, and a terrific Chardonnay. It should evolve for 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Sleek and elegant, with rich yet subtle flavors built around ripe pear and smoky hazelnut-scented oak. Keeps a tight focus on the fruit and oak through the finish. 1,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($75) Hazy yellow. Nutty pear, yellow plum and peach scents convey a strong sense of ripeness. Round and creamy, with spicy pear and white peach flavors and a subtle butterscotch accent. An oily, full-bodied chardonnay, with zesty minerality supporting and energizing a long, nutty finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Bing
Tasted On: 12/22/2008
Really spectactular. Fruity and elegant.

Rating: 95
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/26/2010

Average rating: 92, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

498 bottles owned by 163 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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