Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 1999

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 124635
  • white wine
  • RP91
  • WE90
  • ST90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • RP98
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Winemaker's Notes

La Carriere initially shows its delicate minerality and grilled nut character, and late reveals elements of lemon-lime citrus, kiwi fruit, and white flowers. The nose carries through to a soft and round palate with lingering notes of toasty oak.

La Carriere, "the quarry," was named for its bowl shape and tremendously rocky soils. It typically offers the leanest most citrus like fruit profile of Peter Michael's Chardonnays.

Critical Acclaim

"The 1999 Chardonnay La Carriere emerges from estate vineyards planted at elevations of 1600-1800 feet, with a gradient of nearly 40. The 1999 La Carriere reveals roasted hazelnut/stony characteristics along with abundant spice, buttered pears, and guava-like fruit. Produced from extremely low yields of 1.7 tons of fruit per acre, it possesses a creamy texture, exotic fruit on the mid-palate, and a ripe, rich finish with fine underlying acidity."
91 Points

"Fine flavor definition and very good acidity. Citrus, apple and herb aromas sing on the nose. Round apple, anise and pineapple show on the velvety palate. The wine finishes with a pretty melding of pineapple and vanilla, like an elegant tropical creamsicle."
90 Points

"Faintly hazy appearance. Aromas of pear and smoked meat lifted by grapefruit and flower blossom notes. Dense but bright, with a strong mineral quality giving this chardonnay a youthful austerity. A bit lean on the back end today but persistent and floral.
Rating: 90(+?) "
90 Points

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In 1982 Sir Peter and Lady Margaret Michael built the Peter Michael Winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California. The estate vineyards rest on steep hillsides ranging in elevation from 1100 to nearly 2000 feet. Of the nearly 600 estate acres, only about 20% are planted to grapes. Peter...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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