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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 1998

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1998 vintage is our second offering from our newest vineyard on the Peter Michael estate— La Carriere.This name, the French word for "the quarry", aptly describes both the land's bowl shape and its soils with their multiple layers of rocks. At elevations between 1600 and 1800 feet, and on slopes approaching forty percent, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures and is influenced by cooling marine breezes. Its soils are shallow, providing low fertility-factors advantageous in producing world-class Chardonnay. In making clonal selections for La Carriere, our goal was to produce a wine whose flavors would be accentuated by exceptional high-toned mineral aspects and elegance. We selected the Dijon clones from Burgundy because they possess the multi-dimensional complexity desired for making such a wine.

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Peter Michael Winery:
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant ... Read more
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant rather than overstated. Three, there would be a hundred-year commitment to the development of a great estate. Read less

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Source: Epic Cellars
05/17/2010

The 600 cases of 1998 Chardonnay La Carriere tips the scales at a hefty 14.1% alcohol. Made from a vineyard planted on a steep, rocky hillside, it exhibits aromas of white peaches, honey, pears, subtle new oak, and citrus. Full-bodied and complex, with good underlying acidity, this wine is reminiscent of a Burgundian Corton-Charlemagne. It should drink well for 5-6 years.



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Layers of fruit— sweet pear, mango and tangerine fill the glass, while understated oak notes add a toasty smokiness. Stony, mineral highlights are pronounced in the mouth, complemented by citrus and subtle oak notes. With appealing concentrated flavors, this wine exhibits the terroir and clonal selections of the vineyard reflected in the high-toned mineral quality evident in its flavors and clean, bright finish. Delicious now, La Carriere will drink well for four or more years.

The 1998 vintage is our second offering from our newest vineyard on the Peter Michael estate— La Carriere.This name, the French word for "the quarry", aptly describes both the land's bowl shape and its soils with their multiple layers of rocks. At elevations between 1600 and 1800 feet, and on slopes approaching forty percent, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures and is influenced by cooling marine breezes. Its soils are shallow, providing low fertility-factors advantageous in producing world-class Chardonnay. In making clonal selections for La Carriere, our goal was to produce a wine whose flavors would be accentuated by exceptional high-toned mineral aspects and elegance. We selected the Dijon clones from Burgundy because they possess the multi-dimensional complexity desired for making such a wine.

Aged 11 months.

Notes: 100% of the cuvee was fermented using native yeasts 100% barrel fermented from the cooperages Francois Freres Tonnelleries de Bourgogne

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.40
Total Acidity: 6.2 grams per liter

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