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1999 Peter Michael Winery Chardonnay Crete d'Or
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About Peter Michael Winery

Appropriately enough, Sir Peter Michael, an Englishman who made his name in electronics, established his vineyard in Sonoma County's Knights Valley. From the moment he purchased the property in 1982, Sir Michael has insisted upon an Old-World approach to New World wine. Terroir is paramount here, along with elegance in favor of overstatement.

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1999 Peter Michael Winery Chardonnay Crete d'Or

Producer: Peter Michael Winery
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2001

Explosive aromas of gingery spice and exotic dried peach. Dense but unforthcoming, with strong acidity contributing to the impression of dryness. Rather dominated by its spine today. Finishes with very good but not outstanding length.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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