Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2015

$149.95

SKU 1293

750ml

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Very intense and powerful, the nose reveals hedonistic aromas of lychee nut, rose petal and orange blossom, with a background of mineral, candied orange, yellow peach, greengage, nougat, whole nut and toasted almond. The rich seamless palate is very creamy and weighty in the mouth. Notes of pain grillé, marmalade, brioche and hazelnut coupled with natural acidity and minerality complete the mouth feel. The 2015 Belle Côte is enjoyable now and will continue to develop for at least two decades.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Knights Valley
Brand Peter Michael
Alcohol/vol 15%
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Wine AdvocateFrom their oldest vines planted with Old Wente as well as See and Rued clones is the 2015 Chardonnay Belle Côte. This vineyard was planted in 1990, and the production was super-small in 2015, with only 1,900 cases versus more than 3,000 produced in 2014. Both vintages have turned out nearly perfect wines, and like the other cuvées, these wines see nearly a year in 50%-60% new oak before being moved to tank and bottled unfiltered. In 2015, these 25-year-old vines produced an incredible wine of great depth, with notes of orange marmalade, pineapple jam, crème brûlée, brioche, honeysuckle and tropical fruit. There is also an underlying minerality that is attributable to the deep root system that the vines possess.

Robert Parker, October 2016