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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 2001

Winemaker's Notes:

La Carriere, French for "the quarry", aptly describes this vineyard's bowl shape and its tremendously rocky soils. Situated between 1600 and 1800 feet above sea level on steep slopes approaching forty percent, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. The vineyard is influenced by cool marine breezes and has soils that are shallow, providing low fertility—factors advantageous in producing world-class Chardonnav. In making clonal selections for La Carriere, our goal was to produce an elegant wine whose flavors would be accentuated by exceptional high-toned mineral aspects reflective of the vineyard's rocky soils. We chose the Hyde field selection and the best Dijon clones from Burgundy because they possess the flavor and aroma 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

Tasting Notes:

The 2001 La Carriere may be the best vintage so far. The terroir driven minerality is evident; wet river stone and baking Hour come to mind. These elements are highlighted with citrus notes of lemon and lime with a toasty background of pain-grille. The exquisite elegance is equally rewarding on the palate. The wine is rich and smooth without being too powerful. The mineral core of this wine will allow it to age well over the next 7-10 years like its Burgundian cousins.

La Carriere, French for "the quarry", aptly describes this vineyard's bowl shape and its tremendously rocky soils. Situated between 1600 and 1800 feet above sea level on steep slopes approaching forty percent, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. The vineyard is influenced by cool marine breezes and has soils that are shallow, providing low fertility—factors advantageous in producing world-class Chardonnav. In making clonal selections for La Carriere, our goal was to produce an elegant wine whose flavors would be accentuated by exceptional high-toned mineral aspects reflective of the vineyard's rocky soils. We chose the Hyde field selection and the best Dijon clones from Burgundy because they possess the flavor and aroma complexity desired for making such a wine.

1,200 cases 750 ml bottles, 40 cases magnums produced.

Aged 11 months.

Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast 100% barrel fermented

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.9%

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