Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 2009

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The signature of this vineyard continues to be its terroir-driven minerality. Aromas of pastry, lily, hazelnut and sw...

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Even better, the 2008 Chardonnay La Carriere (2,100 cases) reveals a greenish hue to its light straw color as well as a distinctive nectarine, oran... Read more

Pale gold with a green tint. Pure, penetrating aromas of orange, lime zest, minerals, iodine and white pepper. Racy, sharply focused citrus and flo... Read more

The super-concentrated 2008 Chardonnay La Carriere (2,100 cases produced) exhibits that tell-tale greenish hue to its straw color (which I always c... Read more

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External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Even better, the 2008 Chardonnay La Carriere (2,100 cases) reveals a greenish hue to its light straw color as well as a distinctive nectarine, orange blossom, pear, and wet stone-like aromas, full-bodied, super-concentrated flavors, and stunning acidity and length. This fabulous, Burgundian-styled Chardonnay will age easily for a decade.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Pale gold with a green tint. Pure, penetrating aromas of orange, lime zest, minerals, iodine and white pepper. Racy, sharply focused citrus and floral flavors gain flesh and sweetness with air, picking up a juicy nectarine quality while maintaining their vivacity. The peppery note returns on the clean, stony, very persistent finish. Offers the raciness of the Mon Plaisir but this is deeper and more tactile.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Young, raw and vibrant, yet rich and concentrated. Still coarse and leesy, but with a rich, solid core of fig, melon, pear and spice. Full-bodied, focused and persistent, gaining depth. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Absolutely riveting with powerful citrus blossom, nectarine, lemon butter, and honeyed orange-like characteristics, the full-bodied as well as zesty, lively, mineral-laced 2007 Chardonnay La Carriere is impossible to resist.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Pure, rich and layered, anchored by spicy apple, melon, fig and honeydew melon fruit that gains body and complexity, ending with sweet fruit. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Pale chartreuse color. Alluringly complex bouquet displays ripe pear, peach pit, smoky lees, sweet butter and minerals; smells like a grand cru Burgundy. Vibrant, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by smoky minerals and given depth by a candied anise quality. An iodine note builds on the finish, which is focused, nervy and very persistent.


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Winemaker's Notes:

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. The vineyard’s shallow rocky soils provide excellent drainage, low fertility and usually the lowest yields on the estate. La Carrière, with its concentrated “liquid minerality,” effectively reflects its mountainous origin.

Tasting Notes:

The signature of this vineyard continues to be its terroir-driven minerality. Aromas of pastry, lily, hazelnut and sweet pear alongside accents of mandarin orange, honey, acacia and sweet vanilla complete the elegant bouquet. The magnificent concentration and elegance on the palate sculpt the structure of this wine, offering intensity and richness. Its bright acidity and minerality will allow it to age for two decades, 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 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. The vineyard’s shallow rocky soils provide excellent drainage, low fertility and usually the lowest yields on the estate. La Carrière, with its concentrated “liquid minerality,” effectively reflects its mountainous origin.

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Aged 12 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast

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Alcohol: 15%

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