Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots 1998
"The 1998 Les Pavots (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9%Cabernet Franc) was produced from minuscule yields of 1.3 tons of fruitper acre. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to aromasof 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 Pavotshas turned out well. Nevertheless, it is a successful effort in achallenging year. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2014." 89 pointsRobert Parker, The Wine Advocate, #132
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A well-ripened, opulent wine; itrsquo;s huge in blackcurrant and cassis flavors and elaborate oak. You can taste the barrels in the smoke, vanilla and spicy flavors. Acidity hanrsquo;t been integrated yet, nor have the dusty tannins. Itrsquo;s really good now, but is best left to soften and integrate through 2008.
The 2001 Les Pavots (72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot) is a thick, juicy, inky/purple-colored effort revealing compelling aromas of chocolate, licorice, cassis, and scorched earth. Deep and full-bodied, with a voluptuous texture, tremendous purity and density, it is the finest Les Pavots produced in the last four or five years. It should drink well young, yet age for 15+ years. Drink 2003ndash;2018.
Seductive spicy blackberry, floral and licorice flavors are simply fantastic in a wine thatrsquo;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, itrsquo;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.
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 mdash; 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 18ndash;22 years. Drink 2005ndash;2027.
Founded in 1982 and having established a reputation for Chardonnay early on, Peter Michael Winery today has become one of Californiarsquo;s finest Cabernet producers. Les Pavots (ldquo;the poppiesrdquo;) 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.
Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, it displays an impressive, opaque ruby/purple color, followed by a superb nose of jammy black fruits, minerals, herbs and spices. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with exceptional length and balance, as well as gorgeously extracted flavors. It seems sweeter, more expansive,and deeper than when tasted last year. One of the top efforts of the vintage, it is another compelling Cabernet Sauvignon from this winery. Although accessible, Les Pavots possesses enough tannin and extract to merit 4ndash;5 years of cellaring; it will last for 20ndash;25 years. Once again, Les Pavots combines the best of the rich, ripe California fruit with a Bordeaux-like elegance and complexity.
Peter Michaelrsquo;s Les Pavots continue to go from strength to strength, with the 1997 Les Pavots the finest yet produced. This wine originates from a hillside vineyard overlooking the Knightrsquo;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 bottles 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, cregrave;me 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 5ndash;7 years.
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