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2010 Peter Michael - Les Pavots

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 96 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 16 JR
  • 98 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 54385-2010-750-2A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2010 Les Pavots (3,000 cases produced) is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. More backward and firmer than the 2009, it exhibits copious notes of chocolate fudge, creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, graphite and licorice as well as stunning concentration, full body, perfect balance and a massive personality. Still unevolved, it will benefit from several more years of bottle age, and should keep for three decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (made from 67% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc, 14% merlot and 2% petit verdot; 70% new oak): Dark purple. Heady, floral-accented aromas of dark berry preserves, vanilla, mocha and black truffle, with a smoky overtone. Sappy, palate-staining blackberry and cassis flavors are lifted and braced by zesty mineral and spice notes and show excellent clarity. Becomes sweeter with air and finishes with superb energy, focus and persistence, with just a whisper of dusty tannins.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Offers a ripe, generous mix of wild berry and dark berry, with dried herb, cedar, road tar and tobacco leaf elements imparting an herbal, Bordeaux-like presence. Gains focus and persistence on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
    Author: James Laube
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 98

    Superb nose of sweet tobacco, dark fruits, iron, rust, strawberry and chocolate. Fresh mint. Pine nuts. Full body with incredible structure. It is tightly knit with dense ball of fruit and ripe tannins. Goes on for minutes. This needs time to come together in bottle but fascinating. Chanel No 5 in a bottle. Better in 2018. 67% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc, 14% merlot and 2% petite verdot.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Wild yeast, no acid adjustment. Lighter vintage than the norm. Dry farmed, unusually, with a heat spike just before harvest. Bright crimson. Very light nose but aromatic, rather Cabernet Franc-like on the nose. Still pretty chewy and I suppose that's a mountain-vineyard thing. Lots to chew on.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Mike N296
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Young
    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."

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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

  • 798 bottles owned
  • 122 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 122 collectors)