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Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots 2001

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The 2001 growing season began with the coldest spring frosts in winery history, which lowered yields by more than 1 / 3. A hot May and June followed allowing the vines to "catch up." By August the weather evened out and a moderate, dry and sunny September and October brought slow sugar development, small berry size and great concentrations of flavor. Ideal October weather obliged a relaxed and precise harvest. As individual vine rows within the Les Pavots vineyard attained peak maturity the fruit was hand picked in the cool of morning and brought down the mountain to the winery. The clusters were sorted by hand before destemming and individual berries were sorted before going to tank. In tank, each lot was cold soaked for almost four days before fermentation (100% natural yeast).Traditional Bordeaux vinification yielded intense color extraction and soft, round tannins. Our 2001 Les Pavots was aged in small French oak barrels for 14 months and bottled without fining or filtration. After being bottled in July 2003, this wine was aged another 9 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
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Member Reviews for Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots

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Snooth User: Aurelia
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09/18/2007

The most elegant wine ever!


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External Reviews for Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

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.



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Fully saturated with ruby color, the 2001 Les Pavots reveals a gorgeous and intense bouquet of blueberry, blackberry, lavender, violet, black licorice and espresso coffee interspersed with nuances of tobacco (cigar box) and earthy notes (graphite). Rich and full bodied, this wine offers the same ripe fruit impressions on the palate accentuated by rich silky tannins and an impressively long finish. The 2001 Les Pavots is ready for near-term enjoyment yet has the richness, extract and structure to age gracefully for well over a decade.

The 2001 growing season began with the coldest spring frosts in winery history, which lowered yields by more than 1 / 3. A hot May and June followed allowing the vines to "catch up." By August the weather evened out and a moderate, dry and sunny September and October brought slow sugar development, small berry size and great concentrations of flavor. Ideal October weather obliged a relaxed and precise harvest. As individual vine rows within the Les Pavots vineyard attained peak maturity the fruit was hand picked in the cool of morning and brought down the mountain to the winery. The clusters were sorted by hand before destemming and individual berries were sorted before going to tank. In tank, each lot was cold soaked for almost four days before fermentation (100% natural yeast).Traditional Bordeaux vinification yielded intense color extraction and soft, round tannins. Our 2001 Les Pavots was aged in small French oak barrels for 14 months and bottled without fining or filtration. After being bottled in July 2003, this wine was aged another 9 months before release.

1853 cases of 750ml bottles, 119 cases of 1.5l and 58 of 3l bottles produced.

Notes: Aged in French oak barrels from selected artisan coopers

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.2%

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