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.
"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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
"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(+?) "
International Wine Cellar