September 9, 2019 - No longer drinkable.
July 16, 2017 - Still going strong, but time to drink up.
July 20, 2016 - A bottle with less than pristine provenance and it showed. Ever so slightly advanced with a subtle mature nutty quality lurking beneath pear and citrus notes. Apple, citrus, vanilla and hazelnut on the palate.
December 28, 2015 - At home with Jonathan and Marissa, had this with my pesto and some cheeses to start the evening. Chilled and opened for 30 minutes, drank over an hour. Was concerned that this may have been past time based on other notes. Perfectly stored bottle from release...
Color has become a deep gold. Nose of tropical fruits, petrol (Riesling-like), oak. Palate was tropical fruit, caramel vanilla oak, butterscotch. Creamy texture, and still buttery but not overly so...Long and layered finish.
Peter Michael is consistently great Chardonnay, this one has aged nicely but is at or past its peak depending on your bottle. I got lucky with this last bottle being in a perfect spot, end of my stash so I got lucky. Would suggest to drink now before it declines.
July 17, 2015 - At home with baked salmon. From the fridge, has been waiting to be opened.
Rich golden color, nose of tropical fruits and oak. Has aged elegantly and still has a vibrancy to it. Palate repeats with long finish of caramel, vanilla oak, quince, butterscotch. Creamy, long finish. This bottle was more "buttery" than I recall prior bottles - so you'll have to like the CA Chard style...
Beautiful wine that has shown its chops at its 10 year mark, well made and aging gracefully. Still has a way to go...
December 13, 2014 - At or past it's peak. Enjoyed over a couple weeks with some Coravin access: 2 out of 3 times it was surprisingly buttery (compared to bottles over the last few years), soft, and mature (yet still delicious); 1 of the 3 was oddly more fresh with crisp pear tones and a wonderful mineral streak. Drink up.
September 12, 2014 - Pre Napa Dinner at Chez Walker - Special Guests: Lindy Novak, Gary & Liz Fisch, Vasquez/Silverstein (Chez Walker - Princeton, NJ): Second wine, pre-dinner in the cellar. Opened this one for Wendy and Joe.
Consistent with prior notes: "Medium golden color, nose of tropical fruits and oak. Palate repeats with long finish of caramel, vanilla oak, quince, butterscotch. Creamy, long finish. Excellent - drinks well now, will drink remaining bottles over next 2-3 years."
Still holding well for a Chardonnay approaching 10 years old. Drinking beautifully right now. this one was opened for about 30 minutes and old mildly chilled I find the more complex Chardonnays from Calif (and Burgundy for that matter), need air just like reds, although not as much. Not serving too cold allows nuances to come through
April 30, 2014 - Starts out candied carmel sweet like butterscotch. Nose is minerally vanilla. Next day the candied nose blew off. Very minerally restrained with good acid. very surprising.
February 8, 2014 - This is showing very well with complexity in spades. 1st bottle drained next to an 05 Judge, 09 Maybach, 09 Rivers Marie, 10 PM Point Rouge, Chasseur (sp?), 1er white burgs, etc.
December 24, 2013 - At home, Christmas eve with grilled shrimp, roasted veggies and couscous...
Consistent with prior notes, this bottle not as memorable as the last one. May not have let it open long enough, this drinks better after 30 minutes.
Medium golden color, nose of tropical fruits and oak. Palate repeats with long finish of caramel, vanilla oak, quince, butterscotch. Creamy, long finish. Excellent - drinks well now, will drink remaining bottles over next 2-3 years.