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Wine Recommendation

Peters Family Winery 2004 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard (Carneros ~ Los Carneros)

Peters Family Winery

2004 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard
(Carneros ~ Los Carneros)

Owner and winemaker Douglas M. Peters crafts site specific, 100% unfiltered wines in the European style, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit for this Chardonnay comes from the Sangiacomo family’s Carneros vineyard. The family has been farming in the area for over 75 years on what was once grazing land thought to be too cold for growing grapes. It is now widely recognized as a premier growing zone for Burgundian varietals Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

This bright yellow gold wine is crafted in the terroir-driver Burgundian style, where the emphasis is on a wine that is reflective of origin, not winemaking. Initially the wine comes across as Californian, with lavish notes of cream, caramel apple, crème brulee, banana, and nilla wafer. On the palate, though, the wine becomes incredibly focused and elegant, with delicate fruit notes beautifully integrated with subtle oak tannins and soft, tingly acidity. Benchmark Burgundian texture is here as well. A classic marker of both white and red Burgundy, the sensuous silkiness, or “gras”, is often emulated by new world producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to make us weak in the knees if the perfume alone hasn’t.

Reviewed November 30, 2006 by Catherine Fallis.


Other Awards & Accolades

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (11/15/06)
Silver Medal - 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The Wine

Winery: Peters Family Winery
Vineyard: Sangiacomo Vineyard
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Chardonnay
Appellation: Carneros ~ Los Carneros
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $34.00

Review Date: 11/30/2006

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.