Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots 2004
The distinctive aromas and flavors of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot exhibit its hillside origin on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena in Knights Valley. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity contribute a mineral richness. Spanning 23 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of 1,400 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes, and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below.
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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.
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.
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 4-5 years of cellaring; it will last for 20-25 years. Once again, Les Pavots combines the best of the rich, ripe California fruit with a Bordeaux-like elegance and complexity.
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.
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.
A well-ripened, opulent wine; it's huge in blackcurrant and cassis flavors and elaborate oak. You can taste the barrels in the smoke, vanilla and spicy flavors. Acidity han't been integrated yet, nor have the dusty tannins. It's really good now, but is best left to soften and integrate through 2008.
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.
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Saturated ruby color with a nuance of crimson, 2004 Les Pavots reveals an intense bouquet of black cherry, black currant, blueberry and blackberry, which are interspersed with nuances of cedar, cacao, cigar box, black tea, graphite, lavender, forest floor, sweet vanilla and a touch of cloves. Very full-bodied, this wine offers the same rich ripe fruit impressions on the palate. The mouth feel is full and round, with slightly firm tannins, which lead to a long finish. 2004 Les Pavots will benefit from another year of cellaring for near term enjoyment and will age gracefully for a decade or more.
1964 cases of 750ml bottles, 135 - 1.5l, 96 - 3l bottles produced.
Aged 22 months in French Oak.
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