Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2016

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La Carrière is the steepest, rockiest vineyard on the Peter Michael Knights Valley estate. Situated between 1,200 and 1,700 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes, some 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. Typically La Carrière offers the cleanest, most citrus like fruit profile of any of the Peter Michael Chardonnays coupled with vivid 'liquid minerality' that speaks of sea salt and stones. The name La Carrière translates to 'the Quarry'.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Knights Valley
Brand Peter Michael
Alcohol/vol 13.9%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Chardonnay la Carriere has a delicate nose of white peaches, grapefruit and honeysuckle with a yeasty undercurrent and a waft of allspice. Medium-bodied, the palate has great elegance and sophistication, with a quiet intensity of citrus and stone fruit layers and a lively backbone, finishing with mineral nuances. To be bottled in February 2018; 1,940 cases are expected. 94-96

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 31, 2017

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