97-98 points Erin Brooks (Wine Advocate): "An eastern-facing slope on white, dusty soil, this vineyard is the latest of the Peter Michael Chardonnay vineyards to ripen each year. The site is planted mainly to Old Wente and See clone selections with a little Rued clone. Planted in 1990, these are the oldest vines on the estate. A tank sample due to be bottled within the next couple of days, the 2019 Chardonnay Belle Cote’s nose needs a little coaxing to reveal elegantly expressed scents of lemon curd, lime leaves and Bosc pears plus suggestions of baker’s yeast, toasted almonds and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is beautifully poised if a little youthfully closed, revealing glimpses at loads of citrus, savory and mineral nuances with a racy line and creamy texture, finishing on a lingering zesty note. 2,396 cases were made. Drink: 2023-2038. (Feb 2021)"
Producer notes: "Beautiful aromas of rose petal, lychee nut, and orange blossom reflect the origin of this wine and the inimitable Chardonnay characteristics developed due to the naturally slow ripening of the fruit. On the palate, flavorful honey nougat, marmalade, and delightful crème brûlée are underscored with savory notes of almond and walnut. Belle Côte is a dynamic Chardonnay, marrying delicate freshness with dense creamy brioche. Approachable young, the 2019 ‘Belle Côte’ will blossom with two years of cellaring and will continue to develop for a decade or more. Alcohol 14.3%."