Peter Michael Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.8%
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%.
Ma Danseuse charms with its red ruby color and bright maroon
tinge. Its bouquet is vibrant and delicate with aromas of roses,
raspberry, Griotte cherry, forest floor, red currant, and a subtle
note of violet. Elegant, fragrant and refined, the 2010 Ma Danseuse
has in the palate a wonderful concentration of red fruits and spring
blossom with subtle notes of rare spices embracing a silky texture
and lingering aromatic finish. It will age gracefully for a decade.
"Stylish and elegant, with a sophisticated mix of plum, raspberry, spice and savory herb flavors. Very complete, delicate and balanced, with a long, soothing finish."
"Ruby-red. Explosively perfumed aromas of red and dark berries, potpourri and musky underbrush. Penetrating and bright on the palate, offering sweet but sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. A suave, silky midweight that shows outstanding sweetness and precision on the long finish. Morlet describes this wine as "'more intellectual than the Le Caprice.'"
International Wine Cellar
"The 2010 Pinot Noir Ma Danseuse boasts serious richness and power, but perhaps too much so as it comes across as a bit heavy. Plums, black cherries, licorice, smoke and melted road tar all flesh out in a wine that is all about intensity and opulence. The relative warmth of this vintage vis-à-vis 2011 is quite evident. If the 2010 acquires additional finesse it might merit a higher rating, but today it comes across as a bit overdone. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
- 12/9/2013 (34 items) (viewed 32 times)
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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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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...
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it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
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