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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Sonoma County - Knights Valley|
Sir Peter Michael's relationship with wine developed in Bordeaux and Burgundy in the company of his father. However, one fateful evening in San Francisco, he tried a chardonnay that was unlike any American wine he had had before, and it inspired him to produce his own wine in California. Driven to make wine in the terroir-driven traditions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, but in the California soil and sun, that wine would go on to win the famous Judgment of Paris competition that turned the eyes of the world onto the potential of American wines and put Napa on the map. In 1982, he bought property in Knight’s Valley in Sonoma County and his family has been producing world class wines there ever since. Mon Plaisir is the original Peter Michael bottling, produced in every vintage since 1987. 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. With a silky mouth feel, red lemon custard nose, and subtle brioche and fresh butter accents with just a touch of spring flowers, this wine is the most lush of their four single-vineyard chardonnays. It is drinking beautifully now, but could age for another decade.