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2014 Peter Michael - Les Pavots

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 18 JR
  • 98 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 54385-2014
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    800-1400 ft (244-427 m). Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are planted higher. Merlot at the bottom. 64 acres (26 ha) of vineyard in total. About 3,000 cases made. Very rocky, very white and some volcanic ash. Faces south in a bowl. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22%% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Relatively low Cabernet Sauvignon this year. Wild yeast, no acid adjustment. Deep crimson. Complex nose with some tobacco notes. Quite rich and beefy. Lots of potential. A little bit of heat. Bigger than the 2014.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 98

    Incredible aromas of pine tree, mineral, cigar box and tobacco leaf but then it turns to currants and black truffle. Forest fruit and forest floor. Soya. Full body, round and decadent with a combination of ripe fruit and earth, spice and long finish. The uniqueness of Pavot is streaming here. Drink or hold
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2014 Proprietary Red Les Pavots (3,570 cases) is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot aged in mostly Taransaud barrels with a small helping of Darnajou thrown in. This wine is fabulous in the vintage, although certainly less profoundly concentrated and extracted, as well as structured, compared to the 2013, which was off-the-charts fabulous. This is a brilliant wine, charming, with front-end loaded plum, blackcurrant and black raspberry fruit interwoven with graphite, tar and truffle notes. The wine has sumptuous texture, sweet, velvety tannin, and a long, full-bodied finish. It should drink well for at least two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Well-centered on rich, dark berry fruit that is firm and direct, with subtle flavors filling in the gaps and ending with tannins that give the flavors traction and structure. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2034. 3,570 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2017-2030
    Author: Gallo Boy
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

  • 594 bottles owned
  • 81 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 81 collectors)