Peter Michael Point Rouge Chardonnay 2018
Offering a vast array of complexity, richness and yet elegance, the 2018 Point Rouge is an exceptional wine. The nose is filled with aromas of Neroli, fresh pear and apple, orange rind, and honey. Seamless and rich in the mouth, expressing an opulent style with subtle notes of Mangosteen, nougat, brioche, jasmine, and white rose framed with oyster shell minerality. The wine offers a rare complexity—harmony as well as an extraordinary tactile persistence with the heavenly presence of rare Boronia flowers, alongside toasted hazelnut and almond. This masterpiece will gain even more complexity in 4-5 years and should continue to age gracefully for two decades or more.
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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.
Sonoma County wines are produced with carefully selected grape varieties to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.
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.