2006 Peter Michael - Cuvee Indigene 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($110) Good pale greenish yellow. Bright, highly perfumed nose combines vineyard peach and minerals. Broad and deep yet almost magically light on its feet, with sexy, expressive flavors of orange rind, minerals and spices, plus suggestions of exotic fruits. As dense and ripe as this is, it leaves a very dry impression on the very long back end. From this winery's oldest vines (in Gauer Vineyard), where the Calera clone preserves acidity and produces big berries that are not particularly juicy owing to thick skins (the Belle-Cote is similarly from Calera clones).

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2006 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene (545 cases) displays toasty hazelnut notes intermixed with subtle toast, tropical fruit, gout du petrol, fleshy, forward, very ripe notes, and some smokiness, all suggesting a more evolved style, and one to drink over the next 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Big, ripe, rich and buttery, but also elegant and stylish, with layers of fig, cedary oak, spice and hazelnut. Still a bit raw, but very concentrated and persistent. 545 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/08/2012
Drink Dates: 2008-2013
With Sushi. Very intense and concentrated favors of hazelnut, brioche and butter dominating the typically intense tropical fruit flavors found in the Cuvée Indigene. Long and head. On its last year of good life

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Rating: 94
Author: NCL
Trust Rating: 95
Drink Dates: 2008-2013

Rating: 93
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Old

Rating: 93
Author: Khaled H
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/22/2015
Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Bright gold. Tropical fruits, hazelnut. Smoky with a whiff of petrol. Medium finish. Lacks the intensity of previous Indigene cuvée due to its rapid evolution.

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

417 bottles owned by 188 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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