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Peter Michael les Pavots Red 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

95 points Robert Parker: The 2008 Les Pavots, a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot, offers up notes of roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate fudge, black currants, licorice and a hint of truffles. This full-bodied, beautifully rich red boasts an opulent texture, impressive purity and a long finish. Impressively made with impeccable attention to detail (it is sorted berry by berry rather than grape bunch by grape bunch), this 3,500-case cuvee should drink well for two decades or more... (Feb 2011)

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

External Reviews for Peter Michael les Pavots Red

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Founded in 1982 and having established a reputation for Chardonnay early on, Peter Michael Winery today has become one of California's finest Cabernet producers. Les Pavots ("the poppies") is a Bordeaux-style red (68 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 17 percent Merlot and 15 percent Cabernet Franc) from a 23-acre vineyard located high above Knights Valley in eastern Sonoma County.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Full saturated ruby. Cassis, flowers, spicy oak and a hint of sassafras on the nose; a bit less obviously ripe than the '99. Then sweet and supple on entry, with some youthful astringency on the back currently shortening the wine's fruit. Seems to possess less mid-palate density for its youthfully tough tannins.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

A rich, earthy, decadent style, with a loamy core of tannins underneath an equally earthy core of currant, tobacco, leather and spice. Dry, potent tannins coat the palate on the finish, with plenty of concentrated flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2004 through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

The dense purple-colored 1999 Les Pavots exhibits sweet aromas of cassis, tapenade, cherries, licorice, and subtle wood. Medium-bodied, with a cool climate textural profile, noticeable tannin, and a Bordeaux-like finish, it will be drinkable between 2004-2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

A blend of 68 percent of Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and 17 percent Merlot from the slopes of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley. Compares favorably with the stunning 1996 and 1997 vintages. Deliciously rich, smooth and polished, deeply concentrated, with layers of currant, blackberry, mocha and vanilla. Beautifully focused and deftly balanced, the flavors run on and on. Best from 2004 through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

An intense style that takes time to open up. Ripe cherry, red plum and earthy currant fruit offser the herb, leather and coffee flavors. Still, it has a dry, tannic aftertaste. Drink now through 2007. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


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The 2008 Les Pavots reveals a deep, layered bouquet of black cherry, licorice, black currant, blueberry pie, and blackberry combined with chocolate, vanilla, coffee, black tea, subtle spicy notes of cloves and cinnamon and its distinctive ‘garrigue’ touch. The complexity and intense character continue into the finish with a massive mouthfeel, lasting impressions on the palate and round, silky tannins. 2008 Les Pavots will benefit from three years of cellaring for near term enjoyment and will age gracefully for two decades or more.

95 points Robert Parker: The 2008 Les Pavots, a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot, offers up notes of roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate fudge, black currants, licorice and a hint of truffles. This full-bodied, beautifully rich red boasts an opulent texture, impressive purity and a long finish. Impressively made with impeccable attention to detail (it is sorted berry by berry rather than grape bunch by grape bunch), this 3,500-case cuvee should drink well for two decades or more... (Feb 2011)

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