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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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

External Reviews for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/06/2009

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.

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.

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)

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.6%

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