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2002 Peter Michael Chardonnay La Carriere

  • 97 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
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SKU: 54391-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($65) Subdued, cool aromas of peach, orange rind and crushed stone. Dense, thick, chewy and very ripe, with a strong minerality that's not currently showing in the Mon Plaisir. Very expansive chardonnay with deep spice and mineral flavors and an exotic citrus oil component. Impressively broad and persistent on the back end.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Green apple and green pear and a touch of mint, cedar and tobacco combine in the flavor makeup, with no shortage of rich, complex, concentrated flavors. It's just a bit tight on the finish. A bit more restrained than the other Peter Michael '02s. 1,439 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    I was blown away by the 1,480-case cuvee of 2002 Chardonnay La Carriere. This French-styled offering is made from a vineyard planted in soils filled with white volcanic ash, and is aged completely in Louis Latour barrels. It possesses an exquisite liquid minerality as well as gorgeous aromas of citrus oils intermixed with such exotic tropical fruits as guava and passion fruit. Full-bodied, with dazzling palate penetration, fine balance, and an extraordinary, layered, multidimensional feel, this is one of the single greatest Chardonnays I have recently tasted. It is a brilliant blend of French finesse with California power that should drink well for 5-7 years, possibly longer.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    very creamy, drinks like a white burgundy from France. Still drinks well, but a little long in the tooth.
    Drink Dates: 2002-2011
    Author: Ed K994
Peter Michael's estate vineyards (founded in 1982) are what make his wines truly exceptional. Sugarloaf Ranch sits high above Knights Valley in eastern Sonoma County, and from its rocky volcanic soil come Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Alexander Mountain Estate Vineyard, above Alexander Valley, provides additional Chardonnay. All Peter Michael wines are site-driven single vineyard bottlings, whether from the estate or the limited sourced appellations. The line-up of estate wines is supplemented by a Pinot Noir from Pisoni Vineyard called "Le Moulin Rouge."

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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 485 bottles owned
  • 89 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 89 collectors)