Peter Michael les Pavots Proprietary Knights Valley Sonoma Premier 2009
96 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): ...Mocha, espresso, spices, plums and blackberries are just some of the many notes that jump from the glass in this seamless, striking wine. The 2009 boasts exceptional textural finesse and tremendous class... The 2009 is firing on all cylinders. All of the vineyards in Les Pavots are now over 20 years old. In 2009 the blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc (one of the highest percentages ever), 10% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot... 2016-2017. (Feb 2012)
The most elegant wine ever!
Great example of what age can do for rim variation, color, and leather and must on the nose
External Reviews for Peter Michael les Pavots Proprietary Knights Valley Sonoma Premier
Opaque ruby. Smoky, deeply pitched aromas of cassis, blueberry and dark chocolate, with a hint of truffle adding a musky, earthy nuance. In a substantial style for the vintage, offering sweet dark fruit preserve flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Tangy acidity adds lift to the round, gently tannic, persistent finish, with the blue fruit note echoing.
The 2011 Les Pavots (3,086 cases) is composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Its chocolaty fudge-like notes intermixed with espresso roast, black and red currants, smoky barbecue and underbrush are followed by a deep, rich, full-bodied, outstanding red wine that should drink well for 10–15 years.
Notably complex, with pure, ripe currant and blackberry fruit that’s dense, focused and firmly tannic, ending with a burst of espresso, cherry rhubarb and black licorice flavors and firm, dry tannins. Shows more grace and refinement than most 2011s. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022.
The 2010 Les Pavots is a huge, dark wine. Blackberry jam, mocha, chocolate, espresso, savory herbs and new leather all positively explode from the glass. Initially quite exciting, the 2010 loses some of its depth through the mid-palate and finish. Overall, this is a solid showing from the Pavots in a vintage that was far from easy. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2015–2025.
Dark purple. Heady, floral-accented aromas of dark berry preserves, vanilla, mocha and black truffle, with a smoky overtone. Sappy, palate-staining blackberry and cassis flavors are lifted and braced by zesty mineral and spice notes and show excellent clarity. Becomes sweeter with air and finishes with superb energy, focus and persistence, with just a whisper of dusty tannins.
The 2010 Les Pavots (3,000 cases produced) is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. More backward and firmer than the 2009, it exhibits copious notes of chocolate fudge, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, graphite and licorice as well as stunning concentration, full body, perfect balance and a massive personality. Still unevolved, it will benefit from several more years of bottle age, and should keep for three decades.
The 2010 Les Pavots (3 000 cases produced) is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon 17% Cabernet Franc 14% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. More backward and firmer than the 2009 it exhibits copious notes of chocolate fudge creme de cassis blackberry liqueur graphite and licorice as well as stunning concentration full body perfect balance and a massive personality. Still unevolved it will benefit from several more years of bottle age and should keep for three decades. 95+ - Robert Parker