2011 Peter Michael - Mon Plaisir 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

More of a near-term proposition, there are only 920 cases of the sexy 2011 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir. It displays plenty of rich pineapple, apricot and peach fruit intermixed with brioche notes, a creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a stunning finish. This very successful 2011 can be enjoyed over the next 4-5 years.

Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

(50% new oak): Green-tinged gold. Pungent aromas of ripe orchard fruits, tangerine, smoky lees and toasted nuts, with a strong mineral overlay. Suave, silky and expansive, offering lush citrus fruit and poached pear flavors complemented by notes of buttered toast and anise. Finishes smooth and smoky, with lingering floral character and impressive spicy persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 174

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Average rating: 94, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

111 bottles owned by 25 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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