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Peter Michael Central Coast les Pavots Pinot Noir 1997

Winemaker's Notes:

The distinctive aromas and flavors of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits its hillside origin on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena in Knights Valley. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity millennia ago contribute a mineral richness and add to the wine's complexity. Spanning 23 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of nearly 1600 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below. Grapes were handpicked in late October and then cold soaked in a tank for almost four davs before fermentation.Traditional Bordeaux vinification fermentation contribute to the intense color extraction and soft, round tannins. Our 1997 Les Pavots was aged in small French oak barrels for 20 months and bottled without fining nor filtration. After being bottled in June 1999 this wine was aged for 10 months prior to release.

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Peter Michael Winery:
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant ... Read more
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant rather than overstated. Three, there would be a hundred-year commitment to the development of a great estate. Read less

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/21/2012

The 1997 Les Pavots originates from a hillside vineyard overlooking the Knights Valley that has 23 acres planted with Bordeaux varietals. The 1997 blend consists of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1997 Michael Winery, Peter Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

The 1997 Les Pavots originates from a hillside vineyard overlooking the Knight's Valley that has 23 acres planted with Bordeaux varietals. The 1997 blend consists of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

Remarkably, the 1997 Les Pavots (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc) may be superior to the 1996! Production was abundant, yet the wine is even more concentrated than previous vintages. Mark Aubert believes he will produce 4,0... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1997 Michael Winery, Peter Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Dark ripe rich and focused this California red offers tiers of currant mineral anise sage and cedar all folding neatly together and finishing with a chocolaty edge... Wine Spectator.


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 1997 - Peter Michael Les Pavots - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Sonoma - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml.


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

Red wine - 1997 - Peter Michael Les Pavots - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Sonoma - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml.


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07/26/2011

The 1997 Les Pavots originates from a hillside vineyard overlooking the Knight's Valley that has 23 acres planted with Bordeaux varietals. The 1997 blend consists of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in French oak (50% new), and bottled without filtration. Fortunately, there are 4,351 cases of 750 ml bottles, as well as 330 cases of magnums. A blue/black/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of toast, blackberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and cedar. Full-bodied, with silky tannin, low acidity, and layers of concentrated, pure black fruits judiciously wrapped in subtle toasty oak, this wine can be drunk early, but promises to hit its peak in 5-7 years, and last for two or more decades.



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Tasting Notes:

Aromas of cassis, blueberry, lavender and coffee interspersed with oak nuances of cedar and tobacco. Rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate accentuated by silky, yet assertive tannins. The 1997 possesses a unique balance, full body, concentrated extract and a fine finish. Les Pavots is a fusion of traditional French and neoclassical Californian winemaking techniques. The wine is ready for near term enjoyment and has the richness, extract and structure for five to seven more years of aging.

The distinctive aromas and flavors of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits its hillside origin on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena in Knights Valley. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity millennia ago contribute a mineral richness and add to the wine's complexity. Spanning 23 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of nearly 1600 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below. Grapes were handpicked in late October and then cold soaked in a tank for almost four davs before fermentation.Traditional Bordeaux vinification fermentation contribute to the intense color extraction and soft, round tannins. Our 1997 Les Pavots was aged in small French oak barrels for 20 months and bottled without fining nor filtration. After being bottled in June 1999 this wine was aged for 10 months prior to release.

4351 cases 750ml, 330 - 1.5l, 60 - 3.0l bottles produced.

Notes: 50% new Nevers oak barrels from Tonnellerie Taransaud

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter

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