Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 2004
La Carrière, 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 mountain slopes exceeding forty percent in grade, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. The vineyard’s shallow rocky soils provide excellent drainage, low fertility and regularly the lowest yields on the estate. La Carrière with its concentrated “liquid minerality” effectively reﬂects its mountainous origin.
External Reviews for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière
While the 2004 Chardonnay La Carriere does not display the size and power of the 2003, it possesses that extraordinary minerality, orange marmalade, and layered, full-bodied, concentrated palate. This beauty is a great expression of stone fruits and ... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2004 Michael Winery, Peter Chardonnay la Carriere 750ml
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A terroir-driven minerality dominates the aroma: crushed stone, baking ﬂour and sweet pear. The minerality is highlighted by notes of citrus oils, William pear and lemon. Touches of tangerine and sweet vanilla complete the elegant bouquet. Rich and intense, the 2004 La Carrière presents on the palate wonderful concentration and elegance. Its bright acidity and minerality will allow it to age well over the next 7-10 years, much like its Burgundian cousins from Puligny-Montrachet.
1,080 cases 750ml bottles, 69 cases 1.5L bottles produced.
Aged 11 months.
Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast, 100% barrel fermented (French oak from selected artisan coopers)