2010 Peter Michael - Belle Cote 750ml

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WA 94   IWC 92   WS 92   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2010 Chardonnay Belle Cote (1,950 cases) enjoys 10-12 months of barrel aging then rests in tank for a few months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. A light gold color with a greenish hue is followed by stunning aromas of mango, pineapple, white peach and honeysuckle. This full-bodied, rich Chardonnay boasts terrific minerality as well as good acidity. Still somewhat reserved, but bursting with potential, this beauty can be drunk now and over the next 6-10 years.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Hazy yellow color. Candied orange and pear on the pungent, intensely perfumed nose. Lush and creamy on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering palate-staining citrus and pit fruit flavors with complicating notes of honeysuckle and chalky minerals. Finishes broad and chewy, with excellent thrust and lingering spiciness. The most exotic of this set of chardonnays today and the one that I would drink first.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

There is much to admire in this complex mix of anise, fig, citrus, tangerine, hazelnut and melon flavors. The texture is what separates the 2010s, and here it is a bit raw and coarse. The intense finish shows a dash of smokiness. Needs time.

Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/16/2014

Rating: 95
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/20/2015

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

222 bottles owned by 61 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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