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2009 Peter Michael Winery Chardonnay Point Rouge Sonoma County
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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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2009 Peter Michael Winery Chardonnay Point Rouge Sonoma County

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

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95 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

Hazy gold.  High-pitched aromas of citrus zest, white flowers and quince, with deeper notes of toasty lees and honey adding power.  Densely packed lemon curd and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by a zesty mineral quality and show impressive precision.  The minerality dominates the long, chewy, finely etched finish, which leaves a sexy floral note behind.  This should age slowly; Nic Morlet told me that he left just one cluster of grapes per chardonnay shoot in 2009 and that almost no sulfur was used to make this wine.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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