Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 2002
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 mountain slopes exceeding forty percent in grade, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. The vineyard's shallow rocky soils provide excellent drainage and low fertility—factors advantageous in producing world-class Chardonnay. In 2002, judicious irrigation proved to be a determining factor in fruit quality. Giving the vines small drinks of water throughout hot spells kept the vine canopy healthy and allowed the fruit to achieve full ripeness.
Had a number of the PM Chards, and contrary to most, I have never loved them. Without food, I found this rough and astringent; overwhelming minerals. However paired with the Pan-Seared Butterfish it was fantastic with citrus, minerals, dense structure, clean.
Food Pairings for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière
The terroir-driven minerality is evident; wet river stone and baking flour. Notes of lemon, pear and lime; a hint of toast; reminiscent of lemon meringue pie. Rich and smooth; wonderful balance, depth, and length. Its bright acidity and minerality will allow it to age well over the next 7-10 years like its Burgundian cousins from Pulignv.
1439 cases 750ml bottles, 40 cases 1.5L bottles produced.
Aged 11 months.
Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast 100% barrel fermented (French oak from selected artisan coopers)