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2008 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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2008 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 2010

($85) Green-tinged yellow. Sexy, intensely perfumed aromas of nectarine, pear, iodine and anise, with a slow-building floral quality. Taut, deep, gently smoky orchard fruit flavors are complicated by succulent herb and honeysuckle qualities and given cut by a zesty mineral quality. Plenty rich but gives up nothing in the way of energy, finishing with strong stony cut and excellent clarity.

97 Points | Wine Spectator
97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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