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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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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

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

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.


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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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