(2013 Vintage) La Carrière is the steepest rockiest vineyard on our Knights Valley estate. Situated between 1,200 and 1,700 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes, some exceeding forty percent in grade, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. Shallow rocky soils provide excellent drainage, low fertility and the lowest average yields on the estate. Typically La Carrière offers the leanest most citrus like fruit profile of any of our Chardonnays coupled with vivid “liquid minerality” that speaks of sea salt and wet stones. The name translates to "The Quarry."
International Wine CellarFaintly hazy appearance. Aromas of pear and smoked meat lifted by grapefruit and flower blossom notes. Dense but bright, with a strong mineral quality giving this chardonnay a youthful austerity. A bit lean on the back end today but persistent and floral.
Wine AdvocateRating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00