Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Intense and expressive, with a nose of brioche, mineral, peach
blossom, candied orange, lemon oil, yellow peach and dry apricot.
Notes of vanilla, toasted hazelnut, meringue and subtle white truffle
interact to complete a multi-layered and very intense bouquet.
In the mouth, the texture is ample and creamy, displaying a lot of
"gras" and balanced with a lingering mineral finish. The 2010 Cuvée
Indigène will age and express its potential for three decades,
much like its Burgundian cousins from Corton-Charlemagne.
"In 2010, the Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene stands out for its exotic bouquet. Passion fruit, lychee, nectarine, wild flowers and peaches are some of many notes that come alive in the glass. Surprisingly weightless for a Peter Michael Chardonnay, the Cuvee Indigene impresses for its balance and superb sense of proportion. In 2010 the Cuvee Indigene is a model of purity and elegance. Even better, it should enjoy a broad window of drinkability. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Light gold. Pungent, assertively perfumed aromas of poached pear, dried flowers, vanilla bean and iodine, with a smoky topnote. Lush, palate-staining orchard fruit flavors show outstanding depth and intensity, picking up spiciness with aeration. Refuses to let up on the finish, leaving vibrant mineral and floral notes behind."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2010 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene is a big, rich wine loaded with fruit. In this vintage the Cuvee Indigene comes across as powerful and quite tropical. The 2010 is an especially intense Cuvee Indigene that lacks some of the refinement of previous years.
The Wine Advocate
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In 1982 Sir Peter and Lady Margaret Michael built the Peter Michael Winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California. The estate vineyards rest on steep hillsides ranging in elevation from 1100 to nearly 2000 feet. Of the nearly 600 estate acres, only about 20% are planted to grapes. Peter...
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
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