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Date Printed: 7/10/2014
Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2008
Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 107277)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#3 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

The 2008 Ma Belle-Fille is spectacularly intense, boasting aromas of nectarine and Mirabelle plum, accented with wet stone-like minerality, brioche and lily flower notes. Generous in the mouth, rich and concentrated, the wine displays flavors of William pear, honey, dried almond, meringue, dry chamomile, orange rind and notes of baked Reinette apple. In the mouth, the wine is tactile, gourmand and extremely pure. Layered and seductive, the finish is very long.

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About Peter Michael:

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 Michael Winery is best known for single-vineyard and estate grown Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Peter Michael Winery remains true to its commitment to growing classic grape varieties in small mountain vineyards in order to produce great wines using classical winemaking techniques. Given this covenant to the product, only a limited quantity will ever be available.