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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière 2009

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.

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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

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2009 Chardonnay La Carriere emerges from the glass with layers of mineral-infused fruit. There is a saline note woven throughout the fruit that adds considerable freshness, verve and cut. White flowers, lemon and spices frame the long finish. I very much like the energy here. Anticipated maturity: 2014andndash;2021.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

A much more restrained La Carriandegrave;re, 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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

A much more restrained La Carriegrave;re, 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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

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 5ndash;6 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

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 5andndash;6 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Green-gold. Ripe melon and peach on the nose, with notes of honey and toasty lees adding an impression of richness. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, displaying dense pit fruit and honeydew flavors and a late note of candied orange. Finishes smooth and broad, with lingering spiciness and a hint of allspice.


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

The 1997 Chardonnay Belle Côte, which is made primarily from such old California Chardonnay clones as Wente, fermented with indigenous yeasts, aged in French barrels (50% new), and bottles unfiltered. The light straw/gold color is followed by sumptuous leesy, toasty and honeyed pineapple scents with a touch of mineral. the wine is medium to full-bodied, with exquisite texture, a sexy, rich after-taste, and superb purity - a hall mark of every Peter Michael wine. All of the Chardonnay save for the unbottled Point Rouge has been bottled in August, yet were singing in high volume when I tasted them in September.


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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

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15%

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