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Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Côte Sonoma County

Wine Details

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

(2014 Vintage) Located just next to La Carrière, Belle Côte is a contrasting site with thicker soils and an eastern facing exposure. Sloped away from the afternoon sun and sheltered by a stand of trees on its western border, the vines are exceptionally slow to ripen. Typically this wine produces the broadest fattest fruit profile of our Chardonnays with dominant orange peel, tangerine and marmalade flavors accented with exotic lychee and the estate's signature wet stone mineral character. The name translates to "Beautiful Slope

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 120 on Dec-98
  • Wine Spectator
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/99
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2003 Vintage) As carefully constructed as it is wonderfully complex and so very deep in incisive Chardonnay fruit, this beautifully crafted young wine hits the mark smartly in every regard. Rich and full-bodied, yet keenly balanced with integral acids lending brightness to its very ripe style, it is long and layered in flavor with a fascinating interplay of apples, citrus, stones and sweet oak. There is still a slight angular edge to its finish, but its scant coarseness is only the failing of youth, and anothe...
  • Wine Advocate
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
  • Robert Parker
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate