Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots 2005

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Saturated ruby color with a nuance of vermillon, 2005 Les Pavots reveals an deep bouquet of black cherry, blackcurran...

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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 Caber... Read more

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 ... Read more

A rich, earthy, decadent style, with a loamy core of tannins underneath an equally earthy core of currant, tobacco, leather and spice. Dry, potent ... Read more

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External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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
05/22/2011

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
05/22/2011

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
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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
05/22/2011

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, there'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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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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Ratings & Tags for Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots

630288 Snooth User: jamlani
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05/01/2011

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 1,400 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes, and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below

Tasting Notes:

Saturated ruby color with a nuance of vermillon, 2005 Les Pavots reveals an deep bouquet of black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry and blackberry, with nuances of cedar, cacao, cigar box, black tea, graphite, a stylish ‘guarigue’ touch, forest fl oor, sweet vanilla and cloves. Extremely full-bodied, this wine offers the same rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate. The mouth feel is full and round, with elegant tannins, which lead to a long fi nish. Complex, 2005 Les Pavots will benefi t from another year of cellaring for near term enjoyment and will age gracefully for a decade or more.

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 1,400 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes, and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below

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Aged 18 months in French Oak.

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Alcohol: 15.1%

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