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Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay 2003

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Aromas of candied orange, lemon drop, dry apricot, dry fig and Mirabelle plum interact with touches of vanilla, and exotic elements such as mango, coconut and pineapple to form this remarkable multi-layered and intense bouquet. Great viscosity, richness and concentration chatacterize the palate of this dramatic edition. This Cuvee Indigene promises to age gracefully for at least a decade.

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Buttered hazelnut, smoky citrus, crushed rock, and subtle toasty oak notes jump from the glass of the brilliant 2003 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene. White peaches, marmalade, and tropical fruit characteristics also emerge from this big, rich, persistent, extraordinarily pure and elegant Chardonnay.
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Wine Spectator
Rich and concentrated, with ripe, vivid apple, pear, fig and citrus notes, the flavors fan out and offer greater depth and complexity on the finish.
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Peter Michael, California
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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 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.
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A small and picturesque valley separating Napa Valley on its south border and Alexander Valley to its north, Knights Valley excels in similar varieties as the two aforementioned appellations, namely red Bordeaux varieties and blends, as well as Sauvignon blanc. Originally established by Beringer Vineyards, today several outstanding producers claim acreage here. The circadian cooling effects of the nearby Pacific Ocean create a nighttime respite for vineyards during the hot growing season.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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