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Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots 2000

Winemaker's Notes:

The distinctive aromas and flavors of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits its hillside origin on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena in Knights Valley. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity millennia ago contribute a mineral richness and add to the wine's complexity. Spanning 23 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of nearly 1,800 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below. Grapes are handpicked in late October and then cold soaked in a tank for almost four days before fermentation.Traditional Bordeaux vinification fermentation contributes to the intense color extraction and soft, round tannins. Our Les Pavots was aged in small French oak barrels for 20 months. Bottled in July 2002, this wine was aged for 8 months before release.

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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 Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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 2003-2018.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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 2008-2020.


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Tasting Notes:

The 2000 Les Pavots is quick to show its signature aromas of blueberry, coffee, sweet tobacco, vanilla and red cedar join a ripe currant extract. The tannins offer enough structure for aging while sustaining an enjoyable full body. This wine will mature for the next 5-10 years.

The distinctive aromas and flavors of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits its hillside origin on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena in Knights Valley. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity millennia ago contribute a mineral richness and add to the wine's complexity. Spanning 23 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of nearly 1,800 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below. Grapes are handpicked in late October and then cold soaked in a tank for almost four days before fermentation.Traditional Bordeaux vinification fermentation contributes to the intense color extraction and soft, round tannins. Our Les Pavots was aged in small French oak barrels for 20 months. Bottled in July 2002, this wine was aged for 8 months before release.

2808 cases 750ml, 720 cases magnums and 60 3.0l bottles produced.

Notes: Aged in Nevers oak barels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1%

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