2010 Peter Michael "Coeur À Coeur" Knights Valley Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1091702 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Coeur a Coeur boasts lots of quince, candle wax and citrus aromas that soar from the glass of this full-bodied, stunningly pure, rich white. It would drink beautifully with grilled salmon or a big, fat, cream sauce with fish dish. This brilliant white wine is a great example of the genius of Nick and Luc Morlet. It should keep for 10+ years. (RP)  (12/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light gold. Pungent aromas of peach skin, melon, floral honey and smoky lees. Fleshy and round but surprisingly energetic, offering vibrant lemon and pit fruit flavors complicated by dusty minerals and a hint of white pepper. An impressively pure blend, finishing with excellent clarity and silkiness and strong mineral thrust. (ST)  (5/2012)

92 points Vinous

 Another standout, the 2010 Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc Coeur a Coeur is pure texture and vinosity in the glass. Scents of apricot, peach, jasmine and ginger lead to a seamless core of fruit. The style is rich and voluptuous, but all the elements are very much in place. Layers of oily, beautifully delineated fruit fill out the wine's frame nicely in this Graves-inspired white. (AG)  (7/2013)

Wine Spectator

 The broad, toasty, firm notes of lanolin and dried citrus zest reveal a spicy profile, with pear, white peach, apple and mineral flavors. Floral details weave in and out, gaining momentum on the finish. (MW)  (8/2013)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: The bouquet is seductive and complex, displaying mineral, bees-wax, hazelnut, lemon, hawthorn, peony, dry apricot, melon and white currant. The mouth is round, tactile and seamless, balanced by ample gras, with a background of brioche and mineral notes. The intense aroma of honey is combined with hints of dry apricot, white currant, white peach, candied fruits, pineapple, quince paste and marshmallow. The finish, focused on honey, apricot and mineral, is extremely long.

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).