Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 1997
This spring we introduce our first Chardonnay from our newest vineyard on the Peter Michael estate—La Carriere. This name, the French word for "quarry", accurately describes both the land's bowl shape and its soil with multiple layers of rocks. At elevations just around 1800 feet, and on slopes approaching forty percent, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. The vineyard is influenced by cool marine breezes and shallow, low fertility soils—factors advantageous in producing world-class Chardonnay. We selected French Dijon clones because they are well-matched to the site and provide multi-dimensional complexity by accentuating the exceptional high-toned mineral aspects of the terroir. Typically, Dijon clones ripen about two weeks earlier than other clones, an important element in this cooler, high elevation vineyard.
Food Pairings for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière
Layers of fruit—sweet pear, mango and tangerine fill the glass, while understated oak notes acid a toasty smokiness. Stony, mineral highlights arc pronounced in the mouth, complemented by citrus and subtle oak notes. With appealing concentrated flavors and a clean, bright finish, this wine is enjoyable upon release.
Aged 11 months.
Notes: 100% of the cuvee was fermented using native yeasts 100% barrel fermented from the cooperages Francois Freres and Tonnelleries de Bourgogne
|Alcohol: 15.1%||pH: 3.47|
|Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter|
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