Peter Michael Winery Belle Côte Chardonnay 2013

$185

The 2013 Chardonnay Belle Côte, which I had tentatively rated 95 to 97, has turned out to be flirting with perfection. Production was nearly 1,000 cases less than the 2014! Displaying an almost stony liqueur of rocks, lemon butter, and white peach, this is a full-bodied, intense wine with loads of tangerine oil, pineapple jam and that wet stone minerality that runs through it. This extremely massive, rich, super-concentrated wine blew me away in my tasting at the winery. Drink it over the next decade. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Connor McMahon Delectable Pro

Good not great. A touch got with alcohol and lots of weight. Big white.

Good not great. A touch got with alcohol and lots of weight. Big white.

9.1

David L Delectable Pro

13'Peter Micheal Belle Cote Chardonnay @Martin G Rivard You're always taking such good care of me, even on vacation. The balance of this wine & the quality of this fruit

13'Peter Micheal Belle Cote Chardonnay @Martin G Rivard You're always taking such good care of me, even on vacation. The balance of this wine & the quality of this fruit

9.2

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Big sweet fruit even in this cooler vintage.

Big sweet fruit even in this cooler vintage.

8.8

Matté Delectable Pro

Manager The Wine Cellars

White flowers, apple blossom, mineral. Amazingly plush in the mouth,

White flowers, apple blossom, mineral. Amazingly plush in the mouth,

9.3

Alvaro Bustillos

Qrcos 8/17

Qrcos 8/17

9.2

Alvaro Bustillos

Watergrill 1/2016

Watergrill 1/2016

9.2

Alvaro Bustillos

07/2015 sd

07/2015 sd

9.3

Bob Boyle

Lost its fruit

Lost its fruit

8.9

Mark Flesher

As I was showing up, this bottle had already been opened for about two hours and was right at its prime. Poured a lighter straw color into the glass. The nose was very heavily honeydew and melon with a hint of lemon. Hint of straw also in this nose. The front of this wine is powerful yellow fruit. Didn't get much of a tropical note. Didn't go more the direction of grapefruit as it did guava and pear. Finished strong. Full and in-your-face. I think that this is the first Belle Cote I've had the chance to have, and definitely didn't disappoint. I was definitely not wanting to open up a white wine to compete with this one! Drink or hold, as I feel that this one has another 5-7 years left and will probably develop quite nicely in that time frame.

As I was showing up, this bottle had already been opened for about two hours and was right at its prime. Poured a lighter straw color into the glass. The nose was very heavily honeydew and melon with a hint of lemon. Hint of straw also in this nose. The front of this wine is powerful yellow fruit. Didn't get much of a tropical note. Didn't go more the direction of grapefruit as it did guava and pear. Finished strong. Full and in-your-face. I think that this is the first Belle Cote I've had the chance to have, and definitely didn't disappoint. I was definitely not wanting to open up a white wine to compete with this one! Drink or hold, as I feel that this one has another 5-7 years left and will probably develop quite nicely in that time frame.

9.4

Adam Coy

Oakes nose with a very refined and austere finish.

Oakes nose with a very refined and austere finish.

9.3

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