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Peter Michael Cabernet les Pavots Knights Valley 2004
The distinctive aromas and flavors of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot exhibit its hillside origin on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena in Knights Valley. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity contribute a mineral richness. Spanning 23 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of 1,400 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes, and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below.
External Reviews for Peter Michael Cabernet les Pavots Knights Valley
Saturated medium ruby. A fruit bomb on the nose: cassis, black raspberry, licorice and cocoa powder. Then lush, fat and deep; creamier and more succulent than the 2001, but less refined at this early stage. Finishes with substantial, sweet tannins. This will be a somewhat rounder, softer wine that will reach full maturity earlier than the 2001. The pH here is a tad higher than that of the 2001: 4.01, vs. 3.99.
Cooler on the nose than the 2002 despite showing a near-roasted ripeness, with aromas of black raspberry, licorice, minerals and flowers. Thick, dense and superripe, with compelling sweetness and layers of dark fruit flavors. Wonderfully full and deep wine with extraordinary palate covering. The finish offers explosive persistence and the thoroughly ripe, sweet tannins reach the front teeth. This has really delivered on its early promise.
A monumental effort is the 2002 Les Pavots, a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot. And there is even more good news - there are 2,800 cases of this exceptional wine. Dense purple-colored with an extraordinary nose of melted licorice, white chocolate, creme de cassis, licorice, and incense, the wine hits the palate with a silky opulence, and marvelous, full-bodied power, but it is light on its feet, with great delineation, vibrancy, and freshness. Superb purity and a finish that goes on for 50+ seconds is the stuff of modern-day California legends. This beauty is already beginning to age well yet should last easily for 18-22 years. Drink 2005-2027.
The 1998 Les Pavots (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc) was produced from minuscule yields of 1.3 tons of fruit per acre. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to aromas of melted fudge, cocoa, tobacco, and black currant fruit. In the mouth, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with firm tannin, and a compressed, moderately long finish. 1998 was a difficult vintage, but Les Pavots has turned out well. Nevertheless, it is a successful effort in a challenging year. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2014.
Seductive spicy blackberry, floral and licorice flavors are simply fantastic in a wine that's rich in flavor yet delicately balanced and elegantly styled. This magnificent young wine gushes with ripe, fleshy Cabernet flavors, and while the flavors run deep, it's the balance and suppleness of the tannins that let you savor the wealth of perfectly ripened grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2006 through 2012.
Full medium ruby. Cassis, dark chocolate, licorice and flowers on the nose. Lush, broad and wonderfully ripe but classically dry, with terrific intensity of currant, chocolate, cedar and leather flavor. Distinctly suave wine, finishing with broad, dusty, building tannins and excellent length. And not at all flat despite the extravagant pH.
The 2003 Les Pavots (61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot) exhibits notes of melted licorice, tapenade, damp earth, black currants, and cedar. Slightly more herbaceous than the 2004, with notions of barbecued meat as well as blue and black fruits, this full-bodied, dense 2003 may not have quite the potential of the 2002 or 2001, but it is a brilliant effort to consume between 2008-2020.
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Saturated ruby color with a nuance of crimson, 2004 Les Pavots reveals an intense bouquet of black cherry, black currant, blueberry and blackberry, which are interspersed with nuances of cedar, cacao, cigar box, black tea, graphite, lavender, forest floor, sweet vanilla and a touch of cloves. Very full-bodied, this wine offers the same rich ripe fruit impressions on the palate. The mouth feel is full and round, with slightly firm tannins, which lead to a long finish. 2004 Les Pavots will benefit from another year of cellaring for near term enjoyment and will age gracefully for a decade or more.
1964 cases of 750ml bottles, 135 - 1.5l, 96 - 3l bottles produced.