2010 Peter Michael - Mon Plaisir 750ml

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IWC 93   WA 93   WS 90   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Hazy gold. Highly complex aromas of orange zest, poached pear and hazelnut, accented by a mineral topnote. Rich, chewy and densely packed, with bright citrus and orchard fruit flavors lifted by strong minerality. Energetic, wonderfully balanced wine with a spicy, mineral-drenched, very persistent finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2010 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir blossoms in the glass with fragrant apricots, peaches and orange peel. A rich, generous wine, the 2010 is beautifully woven together. Once again, the Mon Plaisir is the showiest of the Chardonnays. Sweet floral notes give the finish its attractive texture and lift. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022.

Drink Dates: 2015-2022
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 206

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Shares the rustic edges of the other 2010s from Peter Michael, exhibiting a dry, savory, earthiness and a measure of oakiness wrapped around the ripe fig and honeysuckle notes, which suggests cellaring for now. 1,080 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/24/2015

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

111 bottles owned by 30 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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