2011 Peter Michael "La Carrière" Knights Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From a cold, rain-plagued year, the 2011 Chardonnay La Carriere exhibits a light straw color with a greenish hue as well as notes of honeyed brioche, orange marmalade, buttery citrus and terrific fruit. More evolved and seductive than the 2010 at present, the 2011 is a beautiful wine that should drink well for 7-8 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Deeply pitched aromas of pear, white flowers, anise and smoky minerals. Penetrating and pure, with intense orchard and citrus fruit flavors nicely framed by bright acidity. Nervy and tight in the middle, with a honeyed nuance coming up with air. Shows very good clarity and power on the long, mineral-drenched finish. This chardonnay is carrying 15.2% alcohol but it doesn't show.
Rich and intense, with a somewhat raw texture, this features layers of smoke, crème brûlée, apricot and baked apple, ending with toasty oak and crushed rock. Needs time to unwind. Best from 2014 through 2022.