1996 Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay - 750ml

1996 Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay - 750ml

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1996 Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay
One of the most exciting in California, this beautiful winery is owned by Englishman Sir Peter Michael. When he launched this winery, Michael had the foresight originally to hire the brilliant Helen Turley to oversee the winemaking. The current vineyard/winemaking team, Nicolas Morlet whom took over from his brother Luc, shares Ms. Turley's winemaking philosophy.

The present as well as upcoming releases are irrefutably brilliant wines. Peter Michael produces amazing single vineyard Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc as well. Peter Michael Winery remains a family-owned estate that is now run by Peter's son Paul. Only a small number of cases reach the retail market as the majority are set aside for the mailing list and long-term restaurant clientele.


Product Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 1996
Rating
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Michael Winery Peter
Color White
Wine Type Table

Winery Details

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 1996
Rating
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Michael Winery Peter
Color White
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 1996 Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay 1996 was a much hotter year than 1997, 1995, and 1994. While the 1996s are outstanding wines, in some cases the aromatics are more muted because of 1996's high heat. As the tasting notes and ratings evidence, the Chardonnays are slightly more bunched in scores and quality than in vintages such as 1995 and 1994. There are 1,800 cases of the 1996 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir. This wine always comes across as more backward and closed than the other cuvees. The moderately intense bouquet of honeyed apples and citrus is followed by a wine with hints of minerals, rich fruit, medium to full body, and a well-delineated, structured, nicely-textured finish. It is a classy Chardonnay that will benefit from another 12 months of bottle age. Made from volcanic soils, this wine usually possesses more acidity and a more intensely mineral character than Peter Michael's other cuvees. All of Peter Michael's top wines, including the Chardonnays, are bottled without filtration. Readers should make it a point to visit this winery situated in Knights Valley, not far from the Napa/Sonoma county line. The quality is extraordinary, and the commitment and talent of the winery staff laudatory. Moreover, the winery seems committed to achieving even greater quality. RP

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