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Peter Michael Winery les Pavots Proprietary Red 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense nose of cherry and dark berries, nuances of cedar, cigar box, graphite, and vanilla. Rich and full-bodied, the wine offers the same impressions on the palate. The mouth feel is creamy, with firm, yet velvety tannins and a long finish.

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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08/30/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Peter Michael Winery les Pavots Proprietary Red

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Cooler on the nose than the 2002 despite showing a near-roasted ripeness, with aromas of black raspberry, licorice, minerals and flowers. Thick, dense and superripe, with compelling sweetness and layers of dark fruit flavors. Wonderfully full and deep wine with extraordinary palate covering. The finish offers explosive persistence and the thoroughly ripe, sweet tannins reach the front teeth. This has really delivered on its early promise.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Bright medium ruby. Primary, brooding aromas of dark berries, licorice and mint; quite youthfully closed today. Then massive and powerful in the mouth, with superconcentrated and nearly syrupy flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, chocolate and earth. As outsized as this is, there's something suave about it. Finishes with major ripe tannins and terrific persistence. This very slowly evolving wine is hard to get a grip on today. I have the feeling that the moderating influence of foggy days during the peak September heat prevented this wine from going over the top.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The Morlets decided to keep the 2004 Les Pavots (a 150-case blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot) in barrel longer than usual. While it may not be one of the finest examples of this cuvée, it is a stunning wine displaying an opaque purple color along with notes of blueberries, cedar, licorice, dried herbs, pepper, and sweet, smoky oak. Full-bodied with superb texture and richness as well as abundant, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, it should evolve for 15 or more years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2005 Les Pavots (3,600 cases of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot) is a sensational wine, with a style that suggests a hypothetical blend of a great St.-Emilion and Pomerol. Chocolatey cassis notes intermixed with incense, licorice, and a hint of black olive are present in this wine. When it hits the palate, it comes across as very Pomerol-like, with lushness, full body, and opulence. The tannins are sweet, the pH high, and the wine gorgeously full, pure, dense, and long. It's a terrific example of non-interventionalist winemaking that has turned out a beautiful, silky-textured wine that should age effortlessly for 15+ years. Like so many 2005s, this wine has really put on weight since I tasted it last year.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2004 Les Pavots is ripe and is a relatively similar blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine exhibits notes of forest floor intermixed with chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, espresso, and spice. It is strikingly more tannic, and closed compared to the 2005, which is almost the reverse of the vintage character. There were only 2,000 cases produced of the 2004, which needs 2-3 years of bottle age and should drink well for 15+ years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Shows complex aromas of dried currant, sage, anise and cedary oak. Very dense, balanced and concentrated on the palate, with a tight focus on the loamy currant flavors. Ends with firm, chewy tannins, but the fruit pushes through. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2009 through 2019.


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Intense nose of cherry and dark berries, nuances of cedar, cigar box, graphite, and vanilla. Rich and full-bodied, the wine offers the same impressions on the palate. The mouth feel is creamy, with firm, yet velvety tannins and a long finish.

1,964 cases 750ml bottles, 135 cases 1.5L bottles and 96 3L bottles produced.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 15.1%

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