History and Background
Peter Michael Winery, located in Sonoma County's Knights Valley, was founded in 1982 by Sir Peter Michael. An Englishman with a passion for wine, Sir Peter's vision was to produce wines in the Old World tradition complemented by New World innovation. Over the years, the winery has established itself as one of California's premier producers, known for its meticulous approach to winemaking and its exceptional Bordeaux-style blends.
Vineyards and Terroir
Peter Michael Winery boasts a range of vineyards situated in the diverse microclimates of Sonoma:
- Soil Composition: The vineyards are characterized by volcanic and rocky soils, which contribute to the minerality and depth of the wines.
- Grape Varieties: While the winery is renowned for its Bordeaux-style blends, primarily using Cabernet Sauvignon, it also produces acclaimed Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.
Wine Style and Production
Peter Michael is celebrated for producing wines that are:
- Elegantly structured, showcasing a balance between fruit intensity and refined complexity.
- Crafted with an unwavering commitment to expressing the unique terroir of each vineyard site.
The winemaking philosophy at Peter Michael Winery emphasizes minimal intervention, allowing the character of the fruit and the terroir to shine through in each bottle.
Peter Michael Winery has garnered international acclaim for its consistently outstanding wines. Their offerings, especially the Bordeaux-style blends and Chardonnays, often receive high praise from critics and have secured a place among the top echelons of California wines. The winery's dedication to quality and its artisanal approach to winemaking have made it a favorite among discerning wine enthusiasts.
Peter Michael Winery stands as a testament to the potential of Sonoma County's terroir. Through a combination of Old World sensibilities and New World techniques, the winery produces wines that are not only reflective of their origin but also rank among California's finest. For those seeking wines that epitomize the elegance and depth of Sonoma, Peter Michael Winery offers an unparalleled experience.