Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 2007
La Carrière, French for “the quarry,” aptly describes this vineyard’s bowl shape and its tremendously rocky soils. Situated between 1,200 and 1,700 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes exceeding forty percent in grade, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. Shallow rocky soils provide excellent drainage, low fertility and the lowest average 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
The super-concentrated 2008 Chardonnay La Carriere (2,100 cases produced) exhibits that tell-tale greenish hue to its straw color (which I always consider a positive sign), boisterous alcohol (15.5%), deep, concentrated, buttery flavors of nectarines, oranges, honeysuckle and subtle earth as well as oak, and excellent acidity. This is a superb Chardonnay to drink over the next 7-8 years.
A highly coveted single vineyard Chardonnay by producer Sir Peter Michael who Robert Parker said \"were at the top of their game\".
Hazy greenish gold. Spicy, leesy, smoky aromas of lemon pith, melon and hazelnut. Velvety and concentrated, with emphatic lemony cut to the flavors of pit fruits and honeydew. Silky and seamless, with excellent finishing clarity and mineral-driven persistence. This elegant wine will be even better in a couple of years.
One of my favorite cuvees is always La Carriere. The 2007 La Carriere shows all the same characteristics, but with more honeysuckle and a subtle hint of hazelnuts in its full-bodied, zesty, vivid, vibrant style, a characteristic of this vintage. It should drink nicely for 5ndash;7 years.
A much more restrained La Carrière, yet rich, detailed and complex, offering a mix of melon, fig, apricot and hazelnut flavors that are elegant, detailed and persistent on the finish. Drink now through 2016.
The 2009 Chardonnay La Carriere (1,900 cases produced) reveals lovely notes of brioche, tropical fruit blossoms, oranges, white currants and lemon butter. Medium-bodied with beautiful fruit, good acidity and a touch of minerality, it should be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years.
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Terroir-driven minerality remains the signature of this vineyard, with aromas of pastry, lily, hazelnut and sweet pear. Accents of mandarin orange, acacia, honey and sweet vanilla complete the elegant bouquet. Presenting wonderful concentration and elegance on the palate, the wine is sculpted, rich, intense and creamy. Notes of citrus oils, white peaches and lemon frame the minerality. Its bright acidity and minerality will allow it to age for two decades, much like its Burgundian cousins from Puligny-Montrachet.
Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast