Top 100 Wines: 2000 Michaud Chardonnay.
"Whistle and say "nice structure" for this one. Rich and full, with green apple, pear, cinnamon, coriander and vanilla flavors with touches of earth and talc and tangy acidity."
Comments: Nose of butter, hay, spice and mineral, plus flavors of caramelized apple, pineapple, fig and baking spice; it has a ripe, round texture and a long finish.
California Chardonnay Tasting Report: 2000 Michaud Chardonnay (Chalone The Pinnacles) - 88pts
Wine Enthusiast - May 2014
2014 Michaud Pinot Noir (Chalone) 93 Points
Pressed cranberry, under ripe raspberry and white pepper from alluring aromatic base for this bottling that dives into kalamata olive and cardamon notes on the nose. There is great energy on the sip , with anise, buzzy Suchuan peppercorn and Indian spice enlivening the tomato leaf and cherry-tomato fruit.
Wine Enthusiast - 2013
Michaud 2013 Chardonnay (Chalone) 92 Points
Deep yellow in color, scents of chamomile, daffodil, yellow lilies, toasted Marcona almonds, vanilla and a touch of paraffin show on the nose, while the palate starts rather fat with cooked apples, poached pears and a sea-salt caramel. But an orange-peel sharpness keeps it tight all the way into the long butterscotch finish.
Wine Enthusiast - 2010
Michaud 2010 Chardonnay (Chalone) 92 Points
Fairly dark yellow in color, this slightly aged wine offers dried lemon peels, cashew butter, dried apples and dried yellow flowers on the nose, with a fresher element of Asian pear and sliced mango. Creamy stonefruit and walnut oil show on the palate, where melted butter, citrus rinds, clove and cinnamon converge for a one-of-a-kind sip.
Wine Enthusiast - 2003
Michaud 2003 Syrah/Shiraz - 92 Points
This is a wonderful syrah that brings to mind the rich Hermitages of the Northern Rhone. It's dense in the mouth, with layers of cherry-berry fruit accented with peppery spices. Brilliant and evocative.
2000 Michaud Chardonnay (Chalone The Pinnacles) - 90 Points
From high in the mountains above Monterey, crisp, steely acidity frames appley, peachy flavors. Most notable are the winemaker additions of flashy French oak and lees, which make for a creamy, rich mouthfeel. - S.H.
Randy Buckner Newsletter - May 2003
2000 Michaud Chardonnay (Chalone - Monterey County, California)
Green apples, nectarines and French oak intermingle on the nose and expand on the palate, with apricots noted as well. Full-bodied, rich and creamy, there is a touch of heat
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - Volume 28 Issue 5 - March 2004
2001 Michaud Syrah - 91 Points
“Deep and well-ripened, solidly fruited and smelling of raspberries and dried blackberries with a rich, creamy addition of caramel and vanilla bean oak, this supple, fleshy Syrah is equally inviting on the palate. Open and round at entry, then firming up nicely, the wine is filled with fruit, berry and spice flavors, sweet oak and a touch of a black pepper bite that often accompanies Syrah. It is long and tasty as it finishes and displays enough tannin for a few years of patient cellaring.”