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Michaud Vineyard

Michaud Vineyard Michaud Vineyard is a family owned partnership, with Carol Hastings Michaud and Michael Michaud acting as co- proprietors. The brand is new, but Michael and Carol are no strangers to the wine business. After earning a BS in Chemistry and moving on to the enology and viticulture department at U.C. Davis, Michael got his feet and most of the rest of him wet via 19 years experience in winegrowing and winemaking at Chalone Vineyard and on his estate near the Chalone Vineyard ranch. In January of 1998, he left Chalone to pursue the further development of the family owned vineyard full-time. Michael has established a long track record of critically acclaimed wines, beginning with the wines he made while winemaker at Chalone Vineyard. His own Michaud Vineyard label has continued to receive impressive scores and excellent reviews from some of the most well respected wine critics. His 1st release was a 1997 estate grown Chardonnay and since then he has expanded his label to include a Pinot Noir, a Syrah, a Sangiovese and a Pinot Blanc. All varieties are 100% estate grown with Michael farming the land, harvesting the grapes and then producing world-class wines with the fruits of his labor. Carol Hastings Michaud, Michael’s wife and co-proprietor of Michaud Vineyard, has been selling and marketing wines since 1984. She is currently a partner and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Chambers and Chambers, a distributor of ultra premium imported and domestic wines in California and Hawaii. Michael is a hands-on winemaker but even he can't do it all alone. To help produce his high caliber wines, he depends on vineyardist Edrulfo Agustin, winemaker's assistant Thomas Brocker, Office Manager Joanie Horen, and Director of Vineyard Security "Wanda the Wonder Dog."


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4 miles NW of Stonewall Canyon Road, and Hwy. 146, Soledad, CA, US, 93960 Email:
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Drinking beautifully now, the wine has hit its stride. The fruit is very much on center stage and is complemented by a well-integrated mineral like core and subtle oak and spice. Rich and substantial, with many layers of flavor, it retains its refreshing acidity and a great lengthy finish.
This wine has retained its bright youthful fruit and is really quite accessible now. Its rich weightiness is counterbalanced with a pleasant crispness and a friendly grip. A long satisfying finish follows. Watch it unfold.
A youthful charmer, this well focused wine showcases a great vintage. The appellation's characteristic terroir frames bright nectarine, peach and apricot flavors. Well balanced, rich and multi-layered, with fresh acidity, it complements a wide array of food.
Showy, youthful and enticing, rich and smooth textured, layers of fruit and a long finish. Drink now – 2010+
A bit shy at the moment, it would be best to cellar for 6 months, bright fruit, minerality, lengthy finish. Drink 2006-2010
  Pinot Blanc
Our Pinot Blanc is produced from vines planted in 1981. These are our oldest vines and if the wild pigs don't eat these grapes, this unfenced quarter acre of plantings yield about three barrels or 75 cases of wine. (Fortunately, after trial and error, we have discovered that bird netting keeps the pigs out!) Our 2002 Pinot Blanc is richly textured with bright tangerine/candied tangerine peel aromas and flavors counter balanced with a pleasant acidity.
  Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir has a long proven track record in this appellation. Eight of my favorite Pinot Noir clones bring rich complexity, black cherry, blackberry and black currant flavors to this wine. Mineral flavor from our unique soil and a hint of smokiness round out this elegant wine. Drink now or cellar for added enjoyment.
  Pinot Noir
These vines produced a complex, dark fruit with a wild and spicy character. Ripe red and black cherries, currants, and black raspberries are suggested by the wine's aromas and flavors. Subtle wild herbs and spices complement the crushed rock, mineral-like terroir. This wine will reward you with its depth, charm and complexity. Enjoy this wine now, in a few years or in 20 years.
This grape variety seems to like this appellation. This half-acre of vines was planted eight years ago and produces a wine with elegant red cherry, pomegranate and cranberry flavors, moderate tannins and nicely balanced acidity.
One of the most frequent comments about this wine is "…hey, this actually tastes like Sangiovese." The 2001 Sangiovese continued to grow well in the appellation, developing red cherry, cranberry, and pomegranate flavors. The mineral-like terroir and French oak contribute to a richly textured wine with a lingering finish. Sangiovese's natural high acidity is moderated by the growing conditions here, resulting in a well structured, yet very accessible wine.
We planted a few cuttings of a rare selection of Syrah in 1988. Cuttings from those nine vines were propagated and two acres were planted in 1999. Syrah seems to thrive in this appellation. The wine coming from these vines is very dark, supple and substantial in weight on the palate. Moderate, silky tannins surround flavors of blueberry, black cherry and blackberry. A pleasant mineral-earthiness and restrained oak complement the flavors and extend the harmonious finish.
The rocky mineral laden soil of the appellation restrains Syrah's natural vigor, and this clone produces smaller clusters than most clones of Syrah elsewhere in the state. The wine coming from these vines is richly textured with blackberry, black cherry and black currant flavors accented with a touch of black pepper. Drink this nicely balanced Syrah now or cellar it and enjoy it over the next 2-4 years.


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