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La Carrière, “the quarry,” was named for its bowl shape and tremendously rocky soils. It typically offers the leanest most citrus like fruit profile of our Chardonnays.
L a 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.
"Deftly balanced, with a mix of rich fruit flavors and mildly cedary, toasty oak. The core is centered around lime, citrus, green apple and honeydew notes, ending clean and lingering. Drink now through 2020. 1,940 cases made." -Rated 93, Wine Spectator
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