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
External Reviews for Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots
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.
The 2003 Les Pavots (61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot) exhibits notes of melted licorice, tapenade, damp earth, black currants, and cedar. Slightly more herbaceous than the 2004, with notions of barbecued meat as well as blue and black fruits, this full-bodied, dense 2003 may not have quite the potential of the 2002 or 2001, but it is a brilliant effort to consume between 2008ndash;2020.
Bright medium ruby. Primary, brooding aromas of dark berries, licorice and mint; quite youthfully closed today. Then massive and powerful in the mouth, with superconcentrated and nearly syrupy flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, chocolate and earth. As outsized as this is, therersquo;s something suave about it. Finishes with major ripe tannins and terrific persistence. This very slowly evolving wine is hard to get a grip on today. I have the feeling that the moderating influence of foggy days during the peak September heat prevented this wine from going over the top.
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.
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 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 2004ndash;2015.