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2003 Peter Michael - Les Pavots

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • 83 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
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SKU: 54385-2003-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    This wine has filled out very nicely. Nearly 3,000 cases were produced of this flowery, tar, camphor, incense, blackberry, black currant, espresso and chocolate-scented beauty. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, a whopping 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, this full-bodied, opulent 2003 is just entering its plateau of full maturity. It is better at age ten than it was early in life from cask and post-bottling.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($150; 15.1% alcohol, 4.03 pH) Full medium ruby. Cassis, dark chocolate, licorice and flowers on the nose. Lush, broad and wonderfully ripe but classically dry, with terrific intensity of currant, chocolate, cedar and leather flavor. Distinctly suave wine, finishing with broad, dusty, building tannins and excellent length. And not at all flat despite the extravagant pH.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 83

    Dry and herbal, with rich dried currant, sage, cedar and mocha, finishing with a hint of black cherry and drying, chewy tannins. Disappointing. Tasted four times. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 1,964 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Author: Spike
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Edward O88
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Alexander C229
  • Self | Rating:

    excellent!
    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - 14.7% alc, 64% C, 21% CF, 13% M, 2% PV
    Author: Lulu SF
  • Self | Rating: 91

    ripe style, need longer finish
    Author: Seaway J
  • Anonymous | Rating: 96

    Very dark red. Blue and black berries. Creme de cassis. Chocolate and mild oak. Very long and very big. The cab franc is filling out the holes. Mouth coating. Still improving
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: Khaled H
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1810 bottles owned
  • 344 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 344 collectors)