Peter Michael 'Mon Plaisir' Chardonnay 2010

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Sonoma County

Overall, the 2010 vintage was very mild resulting in a small production of beautiful fruit.Unusually late spring rains delayed bud break by almost a full month. Temperatures remained moderate, but steady throughout the summer with ripening proceeding at a very gradual pace. Extensive canopy management and crop thinning by the vineyard team insured proper maturation of the fruit. The late start to the growing season resulted in a late harvest. However, a welcome burst of heat in early September pushed the grapes to their optimal ripeness. Picking proceeded quickly, beginning in late September and into mid October. Flavors and acidity remained bright and balanced, yielding a small but intense and elegant 2010 vintage of Chardonnay.

Mon Plaisir 2010 is the first vintage produced entirely from Peter Michael Winery's estate vineyards. It is chosen from a specific parcel of their mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. The vineyard is a perfect combination of full sun exposure and abundant cooling marine influences. This produces low yields and enhances the extracted perfume that makes Mon
Plaisir a pure classic style. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouthfeel.

True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. Mon Plaisir displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, vine blossom, and candied grapefruit, with subtle honey notes. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful nuances of stone fruits, pear, dry apricot and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish.

Harvested: September 27, 2010 to October 8, 2010
100% naturally fermented using native yeast
100% barrel fermented in French oak from select artisan coopers
Barrel aged sur lies 11 months with weekly bâtonnage
Bottled unfined and unfiltered February 1, 2012
Alcohol: 14.9%; Release Date: September 1, 2012