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2009 Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 92 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
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SKU: 138377-2009

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$95.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (47% cabernet franc, 46% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot and 2% merlot): Inky violet color. Aromas of dark cherry and pungent herbs are brightened by peppery spices and flowers. Offers intense blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors brightened by juicy acidity, which adds back-end cut. Sappy and precise on the tenacious finish, showing sexy mocha and vanilla qualities. (JR)
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 2009 L'Esprit des Pavots (47% Cabernet Franc, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot) is a much smaller cuvee of 1,540 cases. One of the best second wines I have tasted from this winery, it offers up much of the same character as its bigger sibling, but softer tannins and a more near-term accessibility give the wine immediate appeal. It should drink well for 10-12 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Danl
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Lesko James
  • Self | Rating: 92

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    Author: marv
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."

See other similar producers:Martinelli Winery,Flowers Vineyard and Winery,Dierberg Vineyard

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

  • 300 bottles owned
  • 60 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 60 collectors)