Peter Michael Peter Michael Belle Cote Chard 2016
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley|
From 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.