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Professional Ratings: 97 The Wine Advocate, 94 Wine Spectator, 93 International Wine Cellar
Region: Sonoma County, California
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%
Item no. 119363
Intense and expressive, with a nose of brioche, mineral, peach blossom, candied orange, lemon oil, yellow peach and dry apricot. Notes of vanilla, toasted hazelnut, meringue and subtle white truffle interact to complete a multi-layered and very intense bouquet. In the mouth, the texture is ample and creamy, displaying a lot of "gras" and balanced with a lingering mineral finish. The 2008 Cuvée Indigène will age and express its potential for two decades, much like its Burgundian cousins from Corton-Charlemagne.
When tasted last year, the 2008 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene came across as somewhat monolithic, but it blossomed beautifully in the barrel and now from the bottle, it appears to be a striking example of Chardonnay from Peter Michael. Buttery, honeyed tropical fruit, spring flower, white peach and citrus aromas jump from the glass of this aromatic 2008. On the palate, it is deep, rich, concentrated and almost as big, full-bodied and layered as Peter Michael’s flagship, limited production Chardonnay called Point Rouge. The stunning Cuvee Indigene has come on like gangbusters over the last year.
Rich, exotic aromas of tropical fruit, fig, melon, spice and honeysuckle lead to a full body in this expansive wine. This gains mineral and subtle hazelnut notes on a long, lingering finish.
Bright yellow-gold. Precise, high-pitched aromas of citrus peel, quinine, white flowers and tarragon. Juicy, fine-grained and youthfully imploded, with silky pear and orange flavors and some youthful acidity accentuating the intensely mineral quality of this pungent wine. Not at all a fleshy style but seriously concentrated. Finishes tight and extremely persistent, with continuing floral and mineral qualities.