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2008 Peter Michael - L'Esprit des Pavots

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 90 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 138377-2008-750-3B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Bright ruby. Higher pitched than the Pavots, displaying intense redcurrant and pomegranate scents and suave floral and spice nuances. Tangy and focused, offering tightly wound red berry flavors and a deeper note of bitter cherry on the back half. The spicy finish features very good tangy cut. Give this a little air.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The estate's second wine, the 2008 L'Esprit des Pavots Proprietary Red, is composed of 47% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot. Also outstanding, it is a more forward effort that is meant to be drunk in its first 10-12 years of life. Notes of chocolaty black cherries, forest, spice and earth are present in this medium to full-bodied, lush 2008. It is ideal for drinking over the next decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 171 bottles owned
    • 38 collectors