1999 Peter Michael "Cuvee Indigene" Knight's Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Consistently one of California's finest Chardonnays, the 100% indigenous yeast-fermented Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene also emerges from the Alexander Mountain Estate Vineyard. Typically, the 1999 exhibits distinctive aromas of smoky tropical fruit intermixed with peaches, apricots, and pears. Long, full-bodied, and layered, with terrific texture, gorgeous purity, and loads of fruit, this effort can stand up against the finest Burgundy grand crus. The Cuvee Indigene possesses leesy, smoky notes in its rich, concentrated style.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright light yellow color. Deeply pitched, leesy aromas of apple, pear, smoke, grilled nuts and earth. Thick, silky, rich and mouthfilling yet also conveys an impression of subtle, pristine yellow fruits. Very long and subtle on the aftertaste.
*Cellar Selection* The flagship of the Peter Michael Chardonnays is a stylish, sexy wine. Opens with a wonderful nose of peach, tropical fruit, nuts and orange tea; it shows great poise and a classic sense of proportion from bouquet to finish. The wine unfolds and expands in the glass, offering lovely orange, mineral and tarragon flavors. The engaging finish has great length and subtle aromas and flavors. Impressive for its restraint and attention to detail, this is delicious now but will also reward keeping.
Gains complexity and nuance with every sip, revealing layers of fig, apricot, honeysuckle, melon and anise, and finishing with a long, persistent aftertaste.