Peter Michael Winery Belle Côte Chardonnay 2012

$189

The nearly perfect 2012 Chardonnay Belle Cote boasts an amazing perfume of pineapple marmalade, tangerine oil, wet rocks and citrus blossoms. This full-bodied, stunning Chardonnay has a creamy texture as well as fabulous underlying mineral characteristics. One of the great wines of the vintage, this amazing Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next decade or more. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

I don’t think I have even gotten a note of banana bread pudding on the nose of a wine before. Wow! Mint and honeycomb. A slight waxy character note too. Viscous, large and in charge. Commands attention from everything else on the table. Candied vanilla marshmallow? So unique and incredibly delicious. Awesome bottle @Dan Fitzgerald .

I don’t think I have even gotten a note of banana bread pudding on the nose of a wine before. Wow! Mint and honeycomb. A slight waxy character note too. Viscous, large and in charge. Commands attention from everything else on the table. Candied vanilla marshmallow? So unique and incredibly delicious. Awesome bottle @Dan Fitzgerald .

9.5

Shay A Delectable Pro

Another 4th Friday for the books! What a variety this month! Fantastic nose of honeysuckle, peach pith, and a slight bit of mint. I actually think this needs quite a bit more time...or a very long decant. Felt like it never really opened to its potential in the amount of time it was open. Wouldn’t be scared to hold for a few more years.

Another 4th Friday for the books! What a variety this month! Fantastic nose of honeysuckle, peach pith, and a slight bit of mint. I actually think this needs quite a bit more time...or a very long decant. Felt like it never really opened to its potential in the amount of time it was open. Wouldn’t be scared to hold for a few more years.

9.3

Shay A Delectable Pro

White wine of the day. Absolutely killer drinking window. This isn’t buttery popcorn, but more salted popcorn kernel. Lots of mineral-ality here. Wet rock. Almonds. White flower. Stunning!

White wine of the day. Absolutely killer drinking window. This isn’t buttery popcorn, but more salted popcorn kernel. Lots of mineral-ality here. Wet rock. Almonds. White flower. Stunning!

9.3

Perry Riddle Delectable Pro

Well. Hmmm. Opulent? Hedonistic? Over the top? Yes to all three. Floral nose and citrus predominant on opening. After a thirty minute decant, almond and citrus oil took over. Weighty in the mouth but exceptionally pure and has great lift on the finish. It's definitely an experience. Served with Julia Child's Chicken with Cream and Mushrooms and it was spot on.

Well. Hmmm. Opulent? Hedonistic? Over the top? Yes to all three. Floral nose and citrus predominant on opening. After a thirty minute decant, almond and citrus oil took over. Weighty in the mouth but exceptionally pure and has great lift on the finish. It's definitely an experience. Served with Julia Child's Chicken with Cream and Mushrooms and it was spot on.

9.8

Shay A Delectable Pro

Another great Weekly Wine Committee in the books, this time hosted by Dan. Format stayed the same (1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine) and everything is guessed blind. Again, I guessed Chardonnay but the lemon cream on the nose had me guessing Aubert. This was the White of the day for me, and of course it was, since it's a 99 pointer! Large and in charge. One of the best west coast chardonnays I've had. Great texture and mint finish.

Another great Weekly Wine Committee in the books, this time hosted by Dan. Format stayed the same (1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine) and everything is guessed blind. Again, I guessed Chardonnay but the lemon cream on the nose had me guessing Aubert. This was the White of the day for me, and of course it was, since it's a 99 pointer! Large and in charge. One of the best west coast chardonnays I've had. Great texture and mint finish.

9.3

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

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8.9

Will Phelps Delectable Pro

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Buttered popcorn and not much acidity.

Buttered popcorn and not much acidity.

8.6

Christy Canterbury MW Delectable Pro

Master of Wine

Striking different from the more linear, more focused 2011 I last tasted & loved. Loads of ripe fruit with generously oaky overtones. Attractive cloudiness in the body. More acidic lift would bring this to a more ethereal level.

Striking different from the more linear, more focused 2011 I last tasted & loved. Loads of ripe fruit with generously oaky overtones. Attractive cloudiness in the body. More acidic lift would bring this to a more ethereal level.

9.0

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Young, a little cloying, rich and too much oak right now. Settled down a lot after 2 hours but I suggest a "hold" for now.

Young, a little cloying, rich and too much oak right now. Settled down a lot after 2 hours but I suggest a "hold" for now.

8.8

Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe Delectable Pro

Served blind to 8 or people and no one thought Chardonnay... Seemed Northern Rhone.

Served blind to 8 or people and no one thought Chardonnay... Seemed Northern Rhone.

8.0

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