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Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots 2005

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

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

Peter Michael's Les Pavots continue to go from strength to strength, with the 1997 Les Pavots the finest yet produced. This wine originates from a hillside vineyard overlooking the Knight's Valley that has 23 acres planted with Bordeaux varietals. The 1997 blend consists of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged in French oak (50% new) and bottles without filtration. Fortunately, there are 4,351 cases of 750 ml bottles, as well as 330 cases of magnums. A blue/black/purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of toast, blackberries, crème de cassis, licorice and cedar. Full-bodied, with silky tannin, low acidity, and layers of concentrated, pure black fruits judiciously wrapped in subtle toasty oak, this wine can be drunk early, but promises to hit its peak in 5-7 years.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This Cabernet blend is simply brimming with ripe, juicy, complex flavors of black cherry, currant, wild berry and plum. The wine is sharply focused, supple and elegant in texture and capped by a lingering flavorful finish. Best from 2000 through 2010.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Perfumed aromas of blueberry, kirsch and framboise, with complicating notes of mint and pencil shavings. Sweet and supple, but firm and penetrating, with sharply defined, intense flavors that are complex but unevolved. Strong acids currently clash with huge tannins. Quite dominated by its structure in the early going, but this very dry wine has the concentration of fruit to benefit from extended bottle aging.


External Review
Source: kybecca
07/02/2008

A Bordeaux-style blend from highly coveted producer Peter Michael. Robert Parker called it \"a terrific example of non-interventionalist winemaking.\"


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

The 1996 Les Pavots (a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc) tips the scales at 14.2% alcohol. The saturated black/purple color is accompanied by a knock-out nose of violets, blackberries, licorice and pain grillé. Full body and high extract levels are buttressed by sweet tannin as well as adequate acidity. About 2,800 cases were produces of this provocative, rich, distinctive proprietary red wine, which was aged in 50%-60% new Taransaud barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.


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

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.


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

A blend of 68 percent of Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and 17 percent Merlot from the slopes of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley. Compares favorably with the stunning 1996 and 1997 vintages. Deliciously rich, smooth and polished, deeply concentrated, with layers of currant, blackberry, mocha and vanilla. Beautifully focused and deftly balanced, the flavors run on and on. Best from 2004 through 2013.


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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

Aged 18 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.1%

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