2008 Peter Michael - Belle Cote 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The 2008 Chardonnay Belle Cote offers copious aromas of honeyed orange blossoms, brioche and sweet pineapple as well as a full-bodied, dense, rich mouthfeel and great acidity buttressing the wine's intensity and power. This superb white wine can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 193

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

A rich, unctuous, full-bodied style, with ripe fig, melon, honeysuckle and floral scents that are full-bodied and concentrated, turning elegant, with a long, persistent finish.

Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($75) Light, bright yellow. Stone fruits and fresh pineapple on the nose; with notes of talc and iodine adding complexity. The most opulent and exotic of this year's chardonnays but that's strictly relative. Pliant, juicy pear and white peach flavors are lifted by a smoky mineral quality that also contributes shape and backbone. Comes off as the Meursault among a line-up of Pulignys today. Fleshy and smooth on the long finish but still plenty lively and sappy.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/23/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2020

Rating: 95
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/22/2014
Drink Dates:

Rating: 95
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/24/2014

Rating: 94
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/17/2014
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential

Rating: 92
Author: RickNJ
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 12/11/2011

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1188 bottles owned by 252 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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