Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2003

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750ML / 14.8% ABV
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750ML / 14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Rich and intense, this second release vintage of Ma Belle-Fille boasts aromas of citrus oils, orange blossoms, dry apricot, apple skins, wet stone and brioche intermixed with such exotic tropical fruits as guava and ripened pineapple, and a hint of dry chamomile. The mouth is rich, concentrated and very generous, displaying additional flavors of baked Reinette apple, meringue and orange rind. The finish is layered, rich, seductive and very long.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille reveals a slightly greenish hue to its medium straw color. More tightly knit than its siblings, with more minerality as well as full, powerful, nearly tannic flavors, it is a rich, concentrated wine made from a south-facing hillside vineyard. It should age nicely for 5-7 years.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Exhibits ripe, plump pear, apple and melon flavors that are shaded by pretty toast and vanilla-scented oak notes. Turns rich and creamy on the delicate, elegant finish.
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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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