2021 Peter Michael 'Point Rouge' Chardonnay, Sonoma County, USA

$424.99 USD

Overview
‘Point Rouge’ (“Red Dot”) references the red sticker our winemaker places on the top Chardonnay barrels from a vintage. These barrels are singled out for their exceptional quality and potential for long-term aging in the bottle.

Vintage Notes
Following some rain in January and February, the remainder of the 2021 growing season was dry, and the soil profiles in our Knights Valley Estate vineyards were drier than normal. This contributed to a slightly earlier than normal budbreak and bloom. The drier conditions and earlier budbreak were followed by more variable weather during the Chardonnay blooming period, resulting in less fruit setting and low yields. Moderate summer temperatures allowed for a long, steady ripening period and ultimately yielded highly concentrated, expressive berries for the 2021 vintage. The Chardonnay harvest began on August 18 and was completed on September 20.

Winegrowing Notes
‘Point Rouge’ ("Red Dot”) references the red sticker our winemaker places on the top Chardonnay barrels from the vintage. These barrels are singled out for their exceptional quality and potential for long-term aging in the bottle. For the 2021 vintage, twelve barrels from Belle Côte, Ma Belle-Fille, and La Carrière vineyards were selected and blended in December 2022, creating the final cuvée.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The light gold 2021 ‘Point Rouge’ bursts from the glass with a symphony of spring flowers, orange peel, dried rose petals, lemon blossom, and jasmine with supporting notes of vanilla bean and baking spices. The creamy, rich, mouth-filling entry gives way to a full-bodied, intense midpalate with great weight and gras and seamlessly resolves to a round, lengthy finish. This is a balanced, powerful wine exhibiting sublime weightlessness and well-integrated acidity, which will reward extended cellaring.

Press
Rated 96 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2021 Chardonnay Point Rouge is very tightly coiled on the nose. Spring honey, brioche, toast and almond dominates a shy core of peachy fruit. Despite its aromatic reticence at this stage, it's surprisingly concentrated and perfumed as it glides through the mouth with a satiny texture and seamless freshness. Like the Chardonnay Mon Plaisir, the Point Rouge will take significant time to reveal its full potential. 275 cases were made.