Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 2009
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.
Four and a half glasses
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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 5-7 years.
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.
One of my favorite cuvées is always La Carrière. The 2006 La Carrière (about 2,600 cases) displays wonderful honeyed grapefruit, crushed rock, and some spicy, yeasty notes along with nectarine and honeyed citrus. The wine is rich, full-bodied, with a striking minerality. It should drink nicely for 3 years maximum.
Green-tinged yellow. More precise, subtle aromas of stone fruits, minerals and nutmeg. A step up in energy and fruit intensity, with lovely clarity to the flavors of stone fruits, lemon, lime, spices and crushed rock. Finishes quite long and brisk, in need of at least a year of patience.
Firm, intense and complex, with fresh, vibrant, spicy pear, melon and apple flavors that turn rich and creamy, ending with a dash of hazelnut and spice. Drink now through 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.
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.
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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.
Aged 12 months in French Oak.
Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast
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