Mon Plaisir

Chardonnay

From the Estate Vineyard in Knights Valley, Sonoma County

'Mon Plaisir' ("My Pleasure") is the original Peter Michael Chardonnay, produced in every vintage since 1987. Mon Plaisir is one of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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, offering a silky mouthfeel, red lemon custard nose, and subtle brioche accents - the most lush of our four single vineyard estate Chardonnays. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample gras and a round mouthfeel.

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

Mon Plaisir is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample gras and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The 2021 ‘Mon Plaisir’ shimmers light yellow in the glass as notes of honeysuckle, vanilla custard, and white lilacs accentuate the highly aromatic nose. Additional hints of white peach, brioche, and nougat add to the complexity of the bouquet. A generous, plush entry seamlessly leads to a broad, intense midpalate with a creamy mouthfeel and soft finish.

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

Mon Plaisir is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample gras and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The 2021 ‘Mon Plaisir’ shimmers light yellow in the glass as notes of honeysuckle, vanilla custard, and white lilacs accentuate the highly aromatic nose. Additional hints of white peach, brioche, and nougat add to the complexity of the bouquet. A generous, plush entry seamlessly leads to a broad, intense midpalate with a creamy mouthfeel and soft finish.

Vintage Notes

In 2020, we saw the first February with no rainfall in recorded history. The rains eventually arrived, with some particularly late storms occurring in May and even the very beginning of June. As a result, fruit set was variable in our Chardonnay vineyards, which resulted in lower yields and high-quality fruit. Late-spring rainfall resulted in a good soil-moisture profile at the beginning of the growing season. For our Knights Valley Estate Chardonnay vineyards, 2020 was overall a cooler growing season punctuated with a series of heat spikes in August and September. The Chardonnay harvest spanned six weeks, with the first Ma Belle-Fille block harvested August 19 and the last Belle Côte block coming in on September 23.

Winegrowing Notes

‘Mon Plaisir’ is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample gras and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The 2020 ‘Mon Plaisir’ shows straw and golden highlights as its white peach, lemon curd, fresh butter, and white blossom bouquet soars from the glass. The beautiful, round entry caresses the tongue with a plush, generous mouthfeel. Exceptional gras, with hints of candied almonds, brioche, and orange peel, extend the midpalate through to a long, generous finish of lemon custard and vanilla bean accents.

Vintage Notes

The 2018 growing season began with abundant winter rainfall. Spring weather was cool and blooming, while delayed a bit, took place in almost perfect conditions resulting in a generous fruit set. The vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. Aggressive canopy management and fruit thinning brought the crop into optimal balance. Summer temperatures were moderate with no severe heat spikes. An extended summer allowed our Chardonnay to gradually reach perfect ripeness. The moderate temperatures permitted a gradual harvest, resulting in an elegant vintage with classic flavors and excellent concentration.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample ‘gras’ and a round mouth feel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name this wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and fragrant. The 2018 Mon Plaisir displays an explosion of fresh butter, orchard fruits, honey, white rose, jasmine with subtle notes of greengage. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemon, pear, apple, and fresh almond. A mineral character coated by ‘Pain d’épices’, crystallized Tahitian vanilla and cloves complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish with complementary accents reminiscent of a forest after the rain. Enjoyable now, it will age for a decade or more.

Vintage Notes

The 2018 growing season began with abundant winter rainfall. Spring weather was cool and blooming, while delayed a bit, took place in almost perfect conditions resulting in a generous fruit set. The vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. Aggressive canopy management and fruit thinning brought the crop into optimal balance. Summer temperatures were moderate with no severe heat spikes. An extended summer allowed our Chardonnay to gradually reach perfect ripeness. The moderate temperatures permitted a gradual harvest, resulting in an elegant vintage with classic flavors and excellent concentration.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample ‘gras’ and a round mouth feel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name this wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and fragrant. The 2018 Mon Plaisir displays an explosion of fresh butter, orchard fruits, honey, white rose, jasmine with subtle notes of greengage. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemon, pear, apple, and fresh almond. A mineral character coated by ‘Pain d’épices’, crystallized Tahitian vanilla and cloves complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish with complementary accents reminiscent of a forest after the rain. Enjoyable now, it will age for a decade or more.

Vintage Notes

The 2017 growing season began with abundant rainfall, ending California’s long drought. Spring weather was cool but dry, resulting in an extended blooming period and some shatter. Vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. Aggressive canopy management and fruit thinning brought the crop into optimal balance. Warmer than normal conditions after veraison accelerated ripening and required careful irrigation to mitigate dehydration. A return of cooler conditions allowed our Chardonnay to gradually reach perfect ripeness. Picking was completed on September 28 with a slightly smaller than normal harvest, resulting in a forward, exotic vintage of Chardonnay with wines showing uncommon richness.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample ‘gras’ and a round mouth feel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. The 2017 Mon Plaisir displays an exquisite bouquet of candied fruit, orange, lemon cream, fresh butter, grapefruit and a flint-like minerality, with subtle notes of greengage. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemon, pear, apple and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and almond complete the mouth feel of this wine and its long finish. Enjoyable now, it will age for a decade or more.

Vintage Notes

The near perfect 2016 growing season started with a warm February and early bud break. While California’s drought continued, rains were sufficient to meet the vineyard’s needs. Cool damp conditions at blooming resulted in a smaller than normal fruit set. After veraison, a single pass of green harvest brought the crop into optimal balance. Overall, the vintage was slightly cooler than average, with consistently warm and sunny conditions and only one heat spike. Moderate temperatures at harvest allowed gradual picking as each block achieved perfection, providing excellent flavor development and slightly lower potential alcohol. The vintage produced delicate, classically styled Chardonnays with crisp acidity and uncommon ageability.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouth feel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The wine is intense and perfumed, exhibiting an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, fresh butter, grapefruit and a flint-like minerality, with subtle notes of greengage. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemon, pear, apple and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and almond complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish. True to its name, the 2016 Mon Plaisir is indeed a pleasure. Enjoyable now, it will age for a 15 years or more.

Vintage Notes

The winter was dry, with only 75% of normal rainfall, continuing four years of drought. Unseasonably warm temperatures accelerated bud break by three to four weeks. While May brought welcomed rain, the cool moist conditions extended the blooming period and led to an uneven fruit set. The crop was small, and hand thinning to ensure even maturation reduced the yields further. Steady warm temperatures dominated the remainder of the growing season providing ideal ripening conditions. No doubt affected by the drought, juice yields were the lowest ever for our estate Chardonnay. Flavors and acidity remained exceptionally bright, balanced and concentrated, resulting in a very small but intense and elegant 2015 vintage.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouth feel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. 2015 Mon Plaisir displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, fresh butter, grapefruit and a flint-like minerality, with subtle notes of honeysuckle. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemon, pear, greengage, apple and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and almond complete the mouth feel of this wine and its long finish. Enjoyable now, it will age for a decade or more.

Vintage Notes

The winter was dry with only 70% of normal rainfall, continuing three years of drought. Unseasonably warm temperatures in early spring accelerated bud break by four weeks. The growing season benefited from moderate temperatures. However, early use of drip irrigation was critical for the health of the vines. Only one pass of thinning was required to achieve a balanced crop load. Ideal Indian summer conditions allowed us to calmly harvest each block as it achieved optimal ripeness. Yields were higher than average, but due to dehydration the skins and the pulps of the berries were thicker than normal, resulting in low juice yields at the press, and exceptional concentration in the wines.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The wine is intense and perfumed, exhibiting an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, fresh butter, grapefruit and a flint-like minerality, with subtle notes of spring flowers. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemon, pear, greengage, Mirabelle plum, mangosteen and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and almond complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish. True to its name, the 2014 Mon Plaisir is indeed a pleasure. Enjoyable now, it will age for a decade or more.

Vintage Notes

The 2013 growing season began with a dry spring and mild temperatures, as did the previous vintage. In early May, two days of violent winds damaged our Chardonnay vineyards. This resulted in uneven bloom and set, despite the otherwise ideal weather conditions. The vineyard crew carefully repruned the vines and executed multiple passes of green harvest. The already small crop was further reduced to one cluster per shoot, bringing the vines back into balance and ensuring the quality of the harvest. From veraison through picking, the vines enjoyed ideal ripening conditions. A long Indian summer allowed the fruit to reach perfect maturity and contributed to the exceptional quality of this small vintage.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir 2013 is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley, planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouth feel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. Mon Plaisir 2013 displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, fresh butter and candied grapefruit, with subtle notes of spring flowers. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemons, pear, grapefruit, jasmine, Mirabelle, vanilla, whole nut and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the mouth feel of this wine and its long finish. Enjoyable now, it will age for a decade and more.

Vintage Notes

Classic and well-balanced only begins to explain the beauty of the 2012 vintage. Conditions were optimal with ideal spring bud break, even flowering and fruit set, and plenty of warm, long summer days. A few small heat spikes in September and October brought great concentration and color to the fruit. A long Indian summer of mild temperatures and sunny days was an important factor in the ripening process. We thinned the crop rigorously, keeping only the most perfect clusters. The vineyard crew was able to harvest when the fruit had reached perfect balance and ripeness levels. The 2012 Chardonnay vintage displays exceptional structure and quality.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir 2012 is the third vintage produced entirely from our estate vineyards. It is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. Mon Plaisir 2012 displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, fresh butter and candied grapefruit, with subtle notes of spring flowers. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemons, pear, whole nut and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish. It will age for a decade and more.

Vintage Notes

The 2011 growing season started with a cool wet spring. While our vineyards did not experience any frost, the temperatures delayed bud break. Windy conditions during bloom reduced the size of the crop. The weather from fruit set through harvest stayed even, cool and mild. This coupled with the ample spring rains allowed us to dry farm in this vintage. To ensure proper ripening, we thinned the crop further and managed the canopy meticulously. Harvest occurred one month later than usual, but under ideal weather conditions. We picked the grapes with full flavor development and at a lower than average sugar content. The yields were very low, but the resulting wines are flavorful and elegant, exuding precision and balance.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir 2011 is the second vintage produced entirely from our estate vineyards. It is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The wine is intense and perfumed, exhibiting a bouquet of lemon cream, honey, and candied grapefruit, with subtle notes of spring flowers. The palate is rich, full-bodied and boasts a creamy mouthfeel with stunning hints of stone fruits, pear, dry apricot and brioche. A mineral character and suggestions of pain grillé and hazelnut complete each taste alongside its spectacular, long finish; it is enjoyable now and will continue developing for seven-plus years.

Vintage Notes

Overall, the 2010 vintage was very mild resulting in a small production of beautiful fruit. Unusually late spring rains delayed bud break by almost a full month. Temperatures remained moderate, but steady throughout the summer with ripening proceeding at a very gradual pace. Extensive canopy management and crop thinning by our vineyard team insured proper maturation of the fruit. The late start to the growing season resulted in a late harvest. However, a welcome burst of heat in early September pushed the grapes to their optimal ripeness. Picking proceeded quickly, beginning in late September and into mid October. Flavors and acidity remained bright and balanced, yielding a small but intense and elegant 2010 vintage of Chardonnay

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir 2010 is the first vintage produced entirely from our estate vineyards. It is chosen from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley planted entirely to the Old Wente clone. 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. Mon Plaisir displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, vine blossom, and candied grapefruit, with subtle honey notes. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful nuances of stone fruits, pear, dry apricot and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish.

Vintage Notes

The lack of spring frosts coupled with later than usual rainfall made for an uneventful start to the 2009 vintage. As the growing season progressed, there were very few heat spikes, reducing the need for drip irrigation. Bloom occurred during consistently warm, sunny days, which extended late into the summer, allowing for optimal maturity. These perfect weather conditions allowed us to calmly pick the Chardonnay at the peak of ripeness during the last two weeks of September. As a result, the 2009 wines are very intense and complex with a pronounced bouquet of blossoms, fruit and minerals. The length of the wines is impressively lingering and perfumed, promising excellent aging potential.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir 2009 was produced from two complementary vineyard sites: one located on the slopes above the Alexander Valley, the other from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley. Both vineyards share a 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. Mon Plaisir displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, honey, and candied grapefruit, with subtle notes of spring flowers. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with stunning hints of stone fruits, pear, dry apricot and brioche. A mineral character and suggestions of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish.

Vintage Notes

A warm dry winter resulted in early bud break. Spring frosts coupled with strong winds in May caused some damage in our highest altitude blocks. This necessitated repruning to balance the vines. Bloom occurred in ideal conditions with warm sunny days. As the fruit developed, we observed naturally small yields. During maturation, hand thinning trimmed the crop to ensure even ripening. The warm days and low yields accelerated maturation. The Chardonnay harvest started slightly early in late August and continued to September 25. In the barrel, the 2008 wines displayed intensity and the promise of long aging potential.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir 2008 was produced from two complementary vineyard sites: one located on the slopes above the Alexander Valley, the other from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley. Both vineyards share a 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. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. Mon Plaisir displays an exquisite bouquet of vine blossom, golden apple, fresh butter, honey and candied grapefruit. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful nuances of stone fruits, pear, dry apricot and brioche. A mineral character with hints of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish.

Vintage Notes

The 2007 growing season began dry. Bud break, bloom and set occurred a bit early and very evenly. The weather was perfect for fruit development from May through harvest, with warm days and cool nights: ideal for the biosynthesis of the aroma and phenolic compounds. These conditions allowed us to calmly pick the Chardonnay at the peak of ripeness. As a result, the 2007 wines are very intense and complex with a pronounced bouquet of blossoms, fruit and mineral. The length of the wines is impressively lingering and perfumed, promising excellent aging potential.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir 2007 was produced from two complementary vineyard sites: one located on the slopes above the Alexander Valley, the other is a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyard in Knights Valley. Both vineyards share a combination of full sun exposure and abundant cooling marine influences. These produce low yields and enhance the extracted perfume that makes Mon Plaisir a pure classic style. Long natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. Mon Plaisir displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, honey and candied grapefruit, with subtle notes of spring flowers. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful hints of fresh lemon, pear, dry apricot and brioche. A light flinty mineral character with hints of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish.

Vintage Notes

Winter and spring were very wet, with hail and snow. A late spring cold snap caused slight frost damage, but did not affect quality. Bud break, bloom and set occurred a bit late but evenly. The weather was nearly ideal for fruit development after May. While there was one sharp heat spike in July, diligent attention by the vineyard staff avoided any crop damage. As the fruit matured, hand thinning trimmed the yields to a moderately low level, allowing a pure expression of terroir. Our high mountainside location kept our vines above the September fog, sparing us the Botrytis issues that damaged the Chardonnay in lower areas.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir has been produced since 1987 from a vineyard located in the hills above Alexander Valley. The cool and low yielding vineyard enhances the extracted perfume that makes Mon Plaisir a rare single vineyard designation. Long alcoholic and malolactic fermentations allowed us to develop even further its intense and complex bouquet, as well as a round and very ‘gras’ mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, this wine is indeed a pleasure: open and intense. It displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, honey and candied grapefruit. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful notes of fresh lemon, Mirabelle plum and golden delicious apple coupled with brioche and a flinty mineral character. Hints of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the long final mouth feel of this wine.

Vintage Notes

The 2005 growing season began as a study in wildly unpredictable weather patterns. However, the legacy of 2005 will be its perfect ripening conditions. Winter and spring were beset with heavy rain. We saw hail in mid-May, only to yield to more rain just as bloom was upon us, resulting in some shatter for the Chardonnay. Just as every conceivable weather fluctuation had challenged the vines, we finally welcomed sunny and warm conditions. And it remained, giving us an extended and ideal ripening season. Conditions remained virtually perfect and resulted in a trouble-free harvest yielding great concentrated flavors with vibrant acidity for the white varietals.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir has been produced since 1987 from a vineyard located in the hills above Alexander Valley. The cool and low yielding vineyard enhances the extracted perfume that makes Mon Plaisir a rare single vineyard designation. This year, long alcoholic and malolactic fermentations allowed us to develop even further its intense and complex bouquet, as well as a round and very ‘gras’ mouth feel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

True to its name, this wine is indeed a pleasure: open and intense. It displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, honey and candied pineapple. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful notes of fresh lemon, Mirabelle plum and golden delicious apple coupled with brioche and a flinty mineral character. Hints of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the long final mouth feel of this wine.

Vintage Notes

Persistent heavy rains characterized Winter 2004, giving way toNotes a sustained heat spell mid-way through March. This induced an early-to-normal bud break for our Chardonnay. As the spring rains ceasedfor the season a second heat spike resulted in some of the earliestbloom the Peter Michael vineyards had ever witnessed; some in lateApril. The bloom period was sunny and warm throughout May and resulted in great berry set. Following a hot, dry summer, we enteredthe final stages of ripening at a consistent, steady and even pace.Because of sustained temperatures in the 90s, harvest began early: in late August, and culminated midway through October.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir has been produced since 1987 from a vineyard located in the hills above Alexander Valley. The cool and low yielding vineyard enhances the extracted perfume that makes Mon Plaisir a rare single vineyard designation. This year, long alcoholic and malolactic fermentations allowed us to develop even further its intense and complex bouquet, as well as a round and very ‘gras’ mouth feel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Open and intense, this wine is indeed a true pleasure, displaying an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, candied pineapple and honey. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful fresh lemon, golden delicious apple, brioche and mineral notes. Hints of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the long final mouth feel of this wine.

Vintage Notes

A mild and fairly dry Spring ushered in a healthy start for the vines in 2002. An even bloom and fruit-set provided an above average crop size which allowed crop thinning as the season dictated. Several heat spikes during the Summer were tempered by great air circulation thanks to the vineyard's lofty elevation. A final flush of heat over Labor Day weekend brought the fruit to optimal ripeness.

Winegrowing Notes

Mon Plaisir has been produced since 1987 from a vineyard located in the hills above Alexander Valley.The cool and low yielding vineyard enhances the extracted perfume that makes Mon Plaisir a rare single vineyard designation.This year, long alcoholic and malolactic fermentations allowed us to develop even further its intense and complex bouquet, as well as a round and very 'gras' mouthfeel.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Open and intense, this wine is indeed a true pleasure, displaying an exquisite bouquet oflemon cream, marmalade, candied pineapple and honey as well as tropical and stone fruit. The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with beautiful fresh lemon, Golden Delicious apple, brioche and mineral notes. Hints of pain grille and hazelnut complete the long final mouth feel of this wine.

Vintage Notes

Mon Plaisir is our flagship wine, a wine we have made continuously from the same vineyard since 1987. This small eyard located in the hills high above Alexander Valley imports distinctive and unique flavors to the wine. The cool and low yielding vineyard further enhances the extracted perfume that makes Mon Plaisir a rare single vineyard designation. At harvest, the grapes were hand picked into small bins. After whole-cluster pressing of the grapes, the juice was transferred into barrels for fermentation. Five of every ten barrels were fermented using only indigenous yeast. A weekly "batonnage"- a gentle stirring of each barrel- enhanced the wine's suppleness and complexity.

Winegrowing Notes

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

This 2000 Mon Plaisir shows exotic aromas of orange marmalade and smoked persimmon. The subtlety of white flower petals mingled with mineral essence adds to its grace and velvety elegance. Ready now. Can be cellared three to four years.

Vintage Notes

Mon Plaisir is our flagship wine, which we have produced from the same vineyard since 1987. This small vineyard located in the hills above Alexander Valley reveals the distinctive and unique flavors of its birthplace. The hillside exposure, soil, and grape clone each contribute to the wine's complexity.The cool and low yielding 1998 season further enhances the extracted perfume that makes Mon Plaisir a rare single vineyard designation. The terroir revealing aromas are even more powerful and seductive. At harvest, the grapes were hand picked into small bins. After whole-cluster pressing of the grapes, the juice was transferred into barrels for fermentation. Five of every ten barrels were fermented using only indigenous yeast. A weekly "batonnage"- a gentle stirring of each barrel­ enhanced the wine's suppleness and complexity.

Winegrowing Notes

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The 1998 Mon Plaisir exhibits a densely concentrated expression of its terroir with its signature aroma of fresh apple and apricot jam. Heady and perfumed with orange marmalade undertones. Notes of lemony citrus oils and tropical aromas pervading throughout the nose. A lush palate balanced with an acidity that frames and extends the fruit flavors. Our barrel selection adds clove, vanilla cream, and grilled nut flavors, which complements the rich fruit. This wine will continue to develop for 4+ years.

Mon Plaisir Vineyard

Atop the Chardonnay ridge, planted on undulating hills to the Old Wente clone. Receives full sun exposure but provides low yields.