2011 Peter Michael "Belle Côte" Knights Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Chardonnay Belle Cote reveals classic notes of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango), decent acidity, and a full-bodied, plump, up-front mouthfeel. This vintage will evolve quickly and thus is best drunk over the next 3-4 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, green-tinged yellow. A wild, intense bouquet displays scents of candied lemon, pear, jasmine and iodine, with a strong saline component and a hint of anise. Smoky, penetrating and deeply concentrated orchard and citrus fruit flavors show impressive energy and pick up a smoky quality with air. Rich but animated chardonnay that finishes with outstanding clarity and persistence.
Very tight, with a compact core of ripe apple, spice, honeydew melon and ripe fig flavors. Offers a slightly raw texture but has much to admire in terms of flavor, weight and balance. Drink now through 2019.