2004 Peter Michael "Belle Côte" Knights Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The light straw/green-colored 2004 Chardonnay Belle Cote offers an exotic nose of tropical fruits, litchi nuts, tangerines, and brioche. Gorgeous acidity buttresses the wine’s full-bodied, concentrated mouthfeel and freshness. It could easily pass for a grand cru from Chassagne-Montrachet. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, pale yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of peach, nectarine, orange rind, rose petal and lichee. Although rather backward, this began suppler than the Carriere despite conveying an impression of solid acidity. Very dry and sophisticated Chardonnay with excellent length. I found myself raising my score every time I went back to this wine, which gained sweetness with aeration.
Sleek and refined, rich and elegant, with a silky band of anise, pear, hazelnut and ginger. Retains its elegance on a long, soothing finish that keeps repeating the fruit and light oak and mineral themes. (JL)