2009 Peter Michael - Mon Plaisir 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Green-tinged yellow. Pear, fig and tangerine on the pungent nose. Pliant flavors of orchard fruits, spices and honeysuckle are nicely framed and lifted by a citrus element. Finishes with honey and citrus notes and excellent clarity; this is showing more heft than the La Carriere right now.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2009 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir bursts from the glass with layers of citrus, lemon, pastry, hazelnuts and spices. This is a subtle, refined Mon Plaisir that impresses for its fine balance and overall sense of harmony. Sweet floral notes add lift on the finish. The 2009 is the last Mon Plaisir to be made partially of purchased fruit, which was 40% in this vintage.

Drink Dates: 2014-2021
Author: Antonio Galloni


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

This displays a rich, enticing mix of green fig, white peach, apple, melon and smoky oak flavors, leading to a full body. Intense and concentrated, this ends with a smoky, figlike aftertaste.

Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Author: James Laube


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Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/27/2014

Rating: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2014
Drink Dates:

Rating: 92
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/09/2012

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

181 bottles owned by 48 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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