1996 Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay - 750ml

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1996 Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay

1996 was a much hotter year than 1997, 1995, and 1994. While the 1996s are outstanding wines, in some cases the aromatics are more muted because of 1996's high heat. As the tasting notes and ratings evidence, the Chardonnays are slightly more bunched...

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Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 1996
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Michael Winery Peter
Locale Sonoma
Site Knights Valley
Color White
Wine Type Table
1996 Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay

1996 was a much hotter year than 1997, 1995, and 1994. While the 1996s are outstanding wines, in some cases the aromatics are more muted because of 1996's high heat. As the tasting notes and ratings evidence, the Chardonnays are slightly more bunched in scores and quality than in vintages such as 1995 and 1994. Two-thousand cases were produced of the 1996 Chardonnay Belle Cote from Peter Michael's 15-acre vineyard in Knight's Valley. This is the finest example of Belle Cote I have yet tasted. A beautifully aromatic wine, with leesy, Burgundian-like aromas, in addition to those of white peaches, citrus, and honey, this full-bodied, well-endowed Chardonnay possesses low acidity, a lush, open-knit, expansive texture, and mouthfilling levels of extract. This is an opulent, flamboyant, exceptionally complex Chardonnay that should drink well for 1-3 years. All of Peter Michael's top wines, including the Chardonnays, are bottled without filtration. Readers should make it a point to visit this winery situated in Knights Valley, not far from the Napa/Sonoma county line. The quality is extraordinary, and the commitment and talent of the winery staff laudatory. Moreover, the winery seems committed to achieving even greater quality. RP

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