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Peter Michael Winery les Pavots Proprietary Red 1996

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of cassis, blueberry, lavender and coffee interspersed with oak nuances of cedar and tobacco. Rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate accentuated by silky, yet assertive tannins. The 1996 possesses a unique balance, full body, concentrated extract and a fine finish. The wine is ready for near term enjoyment and has the richness, extract and structure for five to seven more years of aging.

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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

External Reviews for Peter Michael Winery les Pavots Proprietary Red

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
04/23/2011

The powerhouse, opaque purple/blue-colored 1996 Les Pavots is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. The nose offers up blackberry, licorice, cassis, and pain grille aromas. The superb extract, well-defined personality, and smoky, licorice, Asian spice, and blackberry flavors provide a thrilling tasting experience. It was bottled with neither fining nor filtration. There are approximately 2,800 cases of this fabulous effort. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/16/2011

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 wi... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1996 Michael Winery, Peter Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine 750ml



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Tasting Notes:

Aromas of cassis, blueberry, lavender and coffee interspersed with oak nuances of cedar and tobacco. Rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate accentuated by silky, yet assertive tannins. The 1996 possesses a unique balance, full body, concentrated extract and a fine finish. The wine is ready for near term enjoyment and has the richness, extract and structure for five to seven more years of aging.

Aromas of cassis, blueberry, lavender and coffee interspersed with oak nuances of cedar and tobacco. Rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate accentuated by silky, yet assertive tannins. The 1996 possesses a unique balance, full body, concentrated extract and a fine finish. The wine is ready for near term enjoyment and has the richness, extract and structure for five to seven more years of aging.

4001 cases - 750ml bottles, 310 - 1.5l, 42 - 3l bottles produced.

Notes: 50% new Nevers oak barrels from Tonnellerie Taransaud

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter

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