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2010 Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay (750ml)
Producer: Peter Michael Winery petermichaelwinery.com
Appellation: Sonoma County - California - United States
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$98.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: May 28, 2012 , IWC
94 points "Hazy yellow. Wild, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes citrus pith, poached pear, ginger and iodine, with a smoky overtone and emphatic spiciness. The iodinery minerality of this wine reminds me of uni! Deeply pitched citrus fruit and floral flavors are braced by tangy acidity and complemented by toasted nut and honey nuances. Clings with outstanding tenacity, leaving notes of smoky minerals and lemon zest behind."
rated: July 13, 2012 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
93 points "The 2010 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille is a powerful, implosive wine. Today it comes across as quite mineral, not especially open. There is an element of unrestrained wildness that is going to require some time to resolve itself. Ma Belle-Fille emerges from a high-altitude plot in volcanic ash soils planted with the Calera clone. The 15% alcohol is clearly felt. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020. " Best 2014-2020
rated: July 28, 2012 , James Laub (WS)
92 points "Rich and full-bodied, with intense peach, fig, nectarine and honeysuckle flavors that have a raw, pithy texture now. The fruit gains the upper hand, even if the finish rambles rather than soothes. Best from 2013 through 2023. 1,770 cases made. –JL" Best 2013-2023