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.
External Reviews for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley la Carrière
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2009 Chardonnay Belle-Cote is once again decidedly extroverted. Layers of rich tropical fruit, passion fruit flowers and pistachio are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. The aromas and flavors are intense, but texturally, the wine is less interesting, as elements of heaviness are present. Anticipated maturity: 2015andndash;2021.
The fresh, lively 2009 Chardonnay Belle Cote (2,850 cases; 15.2% alcohol) exhibits abundant floral and tropical fruit blossom notes intermixed with notions of poached pear, honeysuckle, oak and earth. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, lively white that should keep for 6andndash;8 years.
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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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