Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Peter Michael Winery

Peter Michael

In 1982 Sir Peter Michael founded the Peter Michael winery in the rocky Mount St Helena in the Sonoma valley. Through his extensive experience with wine the world over he established his winemaking philosophy based on the French traditions. His dedication to making outstanding wines and his commitment to traditional winemaking processes set Peter Michael’s wines apart.

His philosophy is to preserve the natural qualities of the grapes in the way they are grown, harvested and made into wine. Because of his commitment to this standard of excellence only a limited amount of wine will be produced.

Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2003

This vintage is a strong heavy and intense blend. The opening aromas of lychee nuts, orange rind and roses are off set by undertones of mineral and spice. A full-bodied creamy texture arrives on the palate with flavors of exotic mango, crisp green apple and juicy apricot. A long elegant finish completes this age worthy wine.

Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2002

The 2002 vintage is a traditional Peter Michael drop with the vineyards distinctive aroma’s of lychee nuts, roses and orange rind layered upon spice and mineral notes. An extra hint of hazelnut and cedar accompanies the fragrance. A full silky texture and flowing creamy balance saturates the palate.

Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2001

This full-bodied layered wine infuses the aromas of spice with lychee nuts, orange rind and sweet smelling roses. A heavy impression on the palate and a velvety texture define this wine. The 2001 vintage is age worthy and will mature with grace.

Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 1999

This vintage has a soft golden tone with an intense tropical aroma. A rich full texture flows onto the palate with juicy pineapple and apricot flavors. A warm earthy oak finishes this gentle drop.

Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 1998

The 1998 vintage is a fresh tropical drop with a golden shimmer and an elegant tone. Flavors of pineapple and papaya wash over the palate with a warm essence of oak leaving a lasting impression. A good wine young but will deepen with age into a classic Peter Michael.

Peter Michael Les Pavots Red 2002

This warm colored ruby vintage from Peter Michael is a distinctly complex and deep wine. Infused with the fruity aromas of red cherry, black berry, raspberry jam, blue berry and black currant with an undertone of cedar, tabacco, white chocolate and an earthy oak note. The flavors are full fresh and ripe leaving a lasting finish on the palate.

Peter Michael Les Pavots Red 2001

This vintage possess a deep ruby tone and an intense fruit and earth bouquet. The sweet aromas of blue berry, lavender, black berry and violet are complemented by a lush undertone of black licorice, expresso coffee and tabacco. An earthy note of graphite and cigar also feature. The aromas continue to deepen onto the palate. The wine is finished with a long impression of ripe fruit flavors and a silky texture.

Peter Michael Les Pavots Red 2000

The 2000 vintage possesses the traditional aromas of blueberry, sweet tabacco and coffee with a vanilla and red cedar underlying note deepening into a ripe currant essence. An age worthy sweet wine with all the style of a Peter Michael bottle.

Peter Michael Les Pavots Red 1996

An outstanding year for the Peter Michael cabernet, a warm ruby red tone with traditional flavors of cassis, red current and anise. This is a finely balanced full-bodied drop with a velvety texture.