2012 Peter Michael "La Carrière" Knights Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The sexy 2012 Chardonnay la Carrière reveals notes of honeyed brioche, orange marmalade, tropical fruit blossoms and caramelized citrus. Broad, savory and full-bodied, this stunning Chardonnay should be consumed over the next 5-10 years. (RP)
Combines amazing richness and sharply defined fruit in a sleek, tapered style that's graceful and elegant, unfolding to offer honey-laced green apple, pear, peach and fig notes shaded by smoky, toasty oak and ending with a long, sustained finish. (JL)
This is solid as a rock with a lovely, dense texture and gorgeous apple, lemon cream and vanilla. Full body with a balance of acidity and ripe fruit. Mineral. Slate. So intense. Drink or hold.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Hazy yellow. Powerful, seductively perfumed aromas of Meyer lemon, orange pith and pear, with an undercurrent of smoky minerals and iodine. Chewy, penetrating pear skin and bitter citrus zest flavors gain flesh with air while maintaining impressive energy and focus, with a hint of ginger emerging on the back half. Finishes pure and focused, with repeating notes of iodine and smoke. (ST)
According to Robert Parker: "The Peter Michael estate has grown considerably with their vineyards in the Fort Ross-Seaview region of the Sonoma Coast region producing some remarkable Pinot Noirs, and their Chardonnay vineyards in Knights Valley having been at the top of the qualitative hierarchy for many years... Owned by Sir Peter Michael, this estate has employed a bevy of brilliant winemakers over the years, the current being the two Morlet brothers from the Champagne district in France. Nick Morlet is employed full-time as the main winemaker, and his brother, Luc, consults at Peter Michael. Both have brought French savoir-faire and applied it to extraordinary vineyard sites to produce world-class wines of extraordinary richness, intensity and complexity. Readers looking for some of the best Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blancs, Sauvignon/Semillon blends, and Bordeaux proprietary red blends can do no better than the wines from the Peter Michael Winery." (12/2013)