1997 Peter Michael - Les Pavots 750ml

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1997 Peter Michael - Les Pavots

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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

Very deep, saturated ruby. Extremely complex nose melds brambly blueberry and blackberry, cassis, molasses, tar, cocoa and lavender. Very thick and sweet but quite primary; powerfully structured and muscular but not hard thanks to its huge buffering extract and reasonably elevated pH. Substantial tannins spread out to suffuse the entire palate. This very impressive wine has the balance and sheer material to enjoy a long and slow development in bottle. The most impressive cabernet I've yet tasted from Peter Michael.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Advocate | 96

The 1997 Les Pavots 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 bottled 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, creme 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, and last for two or more decades.

Drink Dates: 2000-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 92

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 chocolaty edge. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 4,351 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2009
Author: James Laube


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Score: 94
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/23/2013
Drinking well now but feels like it has 5 more years in the tank.
Score: 98
Author: DrinkBeHappy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/07/2013
Drink Dates: 2001-2015
Score: 93
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/01/2012
The cloudiness of this wine was so much that it detracted from the experience a bit. Even decanting through a strainer didnt' help; finally had to pour through a coffee filter because the particles were so fine.(had been lying down untouched so I don't think the sediment was disturbed)Mature notes on the nose. The structure was there and the wine was concentrated & full bodied, but I think this was a little past it's prime as the fruit wasn't as vibrant(and perhaps a little overripe) as a bottle of 96' I had last year. Still some drying tannins on the finish.
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Author: Lulu SF
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Original Note - 14.5% alc, 79% C, 12% M, 9% CF.
Score: 93
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/06/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2013
Very nice. Gas on the nose after popping the cork. After two hours of air this shows blueberry and casis on the nose and palate. Medium finish. This showed much better than my last bottle. However, I would drink up.

About This Producer


Peter Michael's estate vineyards (founded in 1982) are what make his wines truly exceptional. Sugarloaf Ranch sits high above Knights Valley in eastern Sonoma County, and from its rocky volcanic soil come Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Alexander Mountain Estate Vineyard, above Alexander Valley, provides additional Chardonnay. All Peter Michael wines are site-driven single vineyard bottlings, whether from the estate or the limited sourced appellations. The line-up of estate wines is supplemented by a Pinot Noir from Pisoni Vineyard called "Le Moulin Rouge."

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