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Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots 2007
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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.
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.
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 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.
Saturated medium ruby. A fruit bomb on the nose: cassis, black raspberry, licorice and cocoa powder. Then lush, fat and deep; creamier and more succulent than the 2001, but less refined at this early stage. Finishes with substantial, sweet tannins. This will be a somewhat rounder, softer wine that will reach full maturity earlier than the 2001. The pH here is a tad higher than that of the 2001: 4.01, vs. 3.99.
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