2009 Peter Michael - Ma Belle Fille 750ml

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IWC 95   WA 93   WS 91   VF    Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

Hazy yellow. Heady, exotically perfumed bouquet of dried pear, peach pit, candied lemon, iodine and smoky lees, plus a suave floral quality and a touch of anise. Enters rich and weighty but quickly gains tension, offering zesty citrus and orchard fruit flavors and an intense, almost saline mineral underpinning. Finishes smoky and extremely long, with the iodine and pear notes echoing. I find the interplay of richness and minerality to be really intriguing.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2009 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille opens with butterscotch, spices, savory herbs, tropical fruit, lemon and pastry. This is a powerful, extroverted Chardonnay, yet all of the elements are beautifully balanced. Layers of fruit crescendo towards the rich, intense finish.

Drink Dates: 2014-2021
Author: Antonio Galloni


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Very subtle, yet rich and complex, offering touches of fig, melon, hazelnut and butterscotch. For all its size, this remains a very elegant, understated wine.

Drink Dates: 2011-2015
Author: James Laube


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Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/18/2014

Rating: 94
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/16/2014
Drink Dates:

Rating: 94
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/20/2013
Superb Cali chard.

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

219 bottles owned by 55 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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