2010 Peter Michael "Ma Belle-Fille" Knights Valley Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Hazy yellow. Wild, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes citrus pith, poached pear, ginger and iodine, with a smoky overtone and emphatic spiciness. The iodinery minerality of this wine reminds me of uni! Deeply pitched citrus fruit and floral flavors are braced by tangy acidity and complemented by toasted nut and honey nuances. Clings with outstanding tenacity, leaving notes of smoky minerals and lemon zest behind.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille is a powerful, implosive wine. Today it comes across as quite mineral, not especially open. There is an element of unrestrained wildness that is going to require some time to resolve itself. Ma Belle-Fille emerges from a high-altitude plot in volcanic ash soils planted with the Calera clone. The 15% alcohol is clearly felt. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.
Rich and full-bodied, with intense peach, fig, nectarine and honeysuckle flavors that have a raw, pithy texture now. The fruit gains the upper hand, even if the finish rambles rather than soothes. Best from 2013 through 2023.