Peter Michael Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley les Pavots 2008

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The 2008 Les Pavots reveals a deep, layered bouquet of black cherry, licorice, black currant, blueberry pie, and blac...

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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/pur... Read more

A wine of enormous intensity, concentration and complexity, itrsquo;s packed with crisp, firm currant, spice, cedar, tar and wild berry flavors, an... Read more

Presents a dazzling array of flavors, along with focus, style and authenticity. Dark, dense and spicy, with dark berry, mineral, cedar, sage, roast... Read more

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External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 grilleacute;. 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%ndash;60% new Taransaud barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A wine of enormous intensity, concentration and complexity, itrsquo;s packed with crisp, firm currant, spice, cedar, tar and wild berry flavors, and the finish just goes on and on. Best on the aftertaste, where the flavors fold together ever so nicely. Best from 2001 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Presents a dazzling array of flavors, along with focus, style and authenticity. Dark, dense and spicy, with dark berry, mineral, cedar, sage, roasted caraway and tobacco flavors, this is full-blown yet graceful and detailed, with a tremendous finish that reverberates with the joys of ripe, stylish Cabernet. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Peter Michaelrsquo;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 Knightrsquo;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, cregrave;me 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 5ndash;7 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Full saturated ruby. Cassis, flowers, spicy oak and a hint of sassafras on the nose; a bit less obviously ripe than the rsquo;99. Then sweet and supple on entry, with some youthful astringency on the back currently shortening the winersquo;s fruit. Seems to possess less mid-palate density for its youthfully tough tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 4ndash;5 years of cellaring; it will last for 20ndash;25 years. Once again, Les Pavots combines the best of the rich, ripe California fruit with a Bordeaux-like elegance and complexity.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 2004ndash;2015.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Les Pavots is Peter Michael’s flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals from our Knights Valley Estate. While the blend varies from vintage to vintage, typically it is two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. Les Pavots captures an elegant refined expression of the terroir embracing the full spectrum of Cabernet family varietal expression with its trademark touch of herbes de provence. The name translates to “The Poppies” and is named after the California poppies that grow wild on our estates and are the inspiration for the winery’s logo.

Tasting Notes:

The 2008 Les Pavots reveals a deep, layered bouquet of black cherry, licorice, black currant, blueberry pie, and blackberry combined with chocolate, vanilla, coffee, black tea, subtle spicy notes of cloves and cinnamon and its distinctive ‘garrigue’ touch. The complexity and intense character continue into the finish with a massive mouthfeel, lasting impressions on the palate and round, silky tannins. 2008 Les Pavots will benefit from three years of cellaring for near term enjoyment and will age gracefully for two decades or more.

Les Pavots is Peter Michael’s flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals from our Knights Valley Estate. While the blend varies from vintage to vintage, typically it is two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. Les Pavots captures an elegant refined expression of the terroir embracing the full spectrum of Cabernet family varietal expression with its trademark touch of herbes de provence. The name translates to “The Poppies” and is named after the California poppies that grow wild on our estates and are the inspiration for the winery’s logo.

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Alcohol: 14.5%

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