2007 Peter Michael - La Carriere 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($80) Pale chartreuse color. Alluringly complex bouquet displays ripe pear, peach pit, smoky lees, sweet butter and minerals; smells like a grand cru Burgundy. Vibrant, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by smoky minerals and given depth by a candied anise quality. An iodine note builds on the finish, which is focused, nervy and very persistent.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/19/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2015

Rating: 95
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/16/2013

Rating: 95
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/12/2014
Drink Dates:

Rating: 94
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/23/2011
Drink Dates: 2010
delicious. honey, vanilla, fruity. one of our favorites.

Rating: 92
Author: Peter O
Tasted On: 08/19/2014

Average rating: 94, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

1385 bottles owned by 319 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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