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Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots 2007
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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.
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.
Full saturated ruby. Cassis, flowers, spicy oak and a hint of sassafras on the nose; a bit less obviously ripe than the '99. Then sweet and supple on entry, with some youthful astringency on the back currently shortening the wine's fruit. Seems to possess less mid-palate density for its youthfully tough tannins.
Dark, ripe, rich and focused, this California red offers tiers of currant, mineral, anise, sage and cedar, all folding neatly together and finishing with a chocolately edge. Drink now through 2009.
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.
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.
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.
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