2006 Peter Michael - Belle Cote 1.5L

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WA 93   IWC 92(+?)   WS 92   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

There are 2,700 cases of the 2006 Chardonnay Belle Cote. This is a large-scaled wine, but with flamboyant marmalade, white currant, honeysuckle, and tropical fruit notes, less minerality than La Carriere, but beautiful acidity and a stony, steely personality not dissimilar to a grand cru in Burgundy such as Corton-Charlemagne.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($75) Good bright, pale yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of lemon drop, grapefruit, pineapple and hazelnut, complicated by exotic lichee and rose oil. Supple and quite subtle in the mouth but with plenty of fat and breadth. Very stony and suave chardonnay, with a long, spicy finish. This, too, really needs a bit of patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Sleek and restrained, with flavors that build slowly, revealing subtle pear, fig, tangerine and honeysuckle notes that unfold gracefully, ending with a tight focus and smoky, toasty, fruity flavors. 2,700 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2011
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Ellca
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 01/20/2014
Drink Dates:
awesome -- favorite

Rating: 95
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/14/2011
Drink Dates:

Rating: 94
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/16/2015
Very good. Likely could cellar a few more years.

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

Rating: 92
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/04/2013
Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Medium gold. Big aromas of marmalade, white currant, honeysuckle, and tropical fruit notes. More similar to a Burgundy grand Cru than a Cali Chardonnay. Short mid-palate indicative of the 2006 Chardonnay. But great wine given the vintage.

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

54 bottles owned by 43 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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