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2007 Peter Michael Winery Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille Knights Valley
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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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2007 Peter Michael Winery Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille Knights Valley

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

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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009

($85) Green-gold. Deep, smoky aromas of pear skin, peach pit, iodine and anise, with a strong floral overtone. Sweet tangerine and pear flavors stain the palate and pick up salty minerality on the back end. Becomes richer with air, taking on pit fruit and toasted grain qualities and finishing with impressive grip and mineral thrust. This vineyard, which is situated at 2,000 feet, was planted between 1998 and 2000.

95 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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