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2008 Peter Michael - La Carriere

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 92 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 54391-2008-1500-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($80) Pale gold with a green tint. Pure, penetrating aromas of orange, lime zest, minerals, iodine and white pepper. Racy, sharply focused citrus and floral flavors gain flesh and sweetness with air, picking up a juicy nectarine quality while maintaining their vivacity. The peppery note returns on the clean, stony, very persistent finish. Offers the raciness of the Mon Plaisir but this is deeper and more tactile.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2010
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    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 5-6 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Young, raw and vibrant, yet rich and concentrated. Still coarse and leesy, but with a rich, solid core of fig, melon, pear and spice. Full-bodied, focused and persistent, gaining depth.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Beautiful
    Author: Stephen G41
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

  • 512 bottles owned
  • 109 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 109 collectors)