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2006 Peter Michael - Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay - USA - California - Sonoma - Knights Valley - White

USA - California - Sonoma - Knights Valley

White Chardonnay
Producer Notes

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... More »

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95
WA 94
WS 94
IWC 94
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2012 WS: 2008-2011
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IWC 94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

($85) Bright greenish yellow. Knockout nose combines citrus peel, white peach, minerals, iodine, spices and creme brulee; I'd love to throw this into a Burgundy tasting. Rich, fat and sweet but with enough mineral spine to maintain its shape and freshness. With aeration, this very concentrated wine became juicier, brighter and more gripping. Finishes with a youthful bitter edge that really grabs hold of the palate. Includes a lot of fruit from the Hyde and Hudson clones, which produce tiny clusters.

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WA 94
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 180

The 2006 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille, which comes from their highest altitude vineyard, with a southerly exposure, and again, mostly old Wente clones like virtually all of these Chardonnays, has notes of quince, nectarines, white currants, and almost a liqueur of rocks. The wine has superb concentration and strikes me as one of the very best of the 2006 Chardonnays made in California.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008-2011

Notably rich and perfumed, with deep, persistent, concentrated layers of fig, honeysuckle, tangerine and nectarine that are opulent and unctuous. Sensational finish too.

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Author marv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.554%
Tasted On 06/25/2014

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Author Jam02110
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.918%
Tasted On 12/09/2012
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Author Edward O88
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.003%
Tasted On 09/03/2011
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Author Serl Z
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.754%
Tasted On 03/15/2010
Drink Dates 2008-2013
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Author Norman G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 12/25/2009

Excellent showed the best white of the night. Not as well rounded as Kistler or as crisp as Kongarrd

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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.383%
Tasted On 01/03/2009
Drink Dates 2008-2012

Wow! This is the best Ma Belle Fille I have tasted since the 2002. Butterscotch, carmel and apricot jump out of the glass. There is a perfect balance of fruit and wood that works well with food. The wine is still evolving and will get better over the next two years.

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