2002 Peter Michael - Les Pavots 750ml

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WA 99   IWC 94(+?)   WS 88   Collector 74
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

A great, great success (and of course, this is Knight's Valley material), the 2002 Les Pavots, which I loved from barrel as well as bottle, still has a good 20+ years of life ahead of it. At this point, it is tasting like a vigorous young adolescent in its evolutionary development. The blend in 2002 from the winery was 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Moreover there are just under 3,000 cases of this spectacular wine, which I'm hoping many readers have cellared away. Inky black/purple, with a nose of incense, licorice, balsamic and Asian soy notes interwoven with blackberry, blueberry and hints of truffle and camphor, this wine is full-bodied, opulent and voluptuously textured, with sensational mid-palate, depth and richness. This is a killer Bordeaux-styled, ripe, exuberant, flamboyant red from Peter Michael that stands as one of the all-time great Les Pavots cuvees ever made. It ideally needs another 3-4 years of cellaring, although it is quite accessible and should keep for a minimum of 20 or more years. Bravo!

Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

($135; 62% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc, 16% merlot and 5% petit verdot) Cooler on the nose than the 2002 despite showing a near-roasted ripeness, with aromas of black raspberry, licorice, minerals and flowers. Thick, dense and superripe, with compelling sweetness and layers of dark fruit flavor. Wonderfully full and deep wine with extraordinary palate coverage. The finish offers explosive persistence and the thoroughly ripe, sweet tannins reach the front teeth. This has really del ivered on its early promise.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Rich, concentrated and complex, it's also a bit earthy and reduced. The core flavors of currant, anise, leather, fresh-brewed coffee and sage are dense and multifaceted, though the flavors drift to dry and leathery on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Tasted four times, with consistent notes. 2,713 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: RhoneRanger
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 11/27/2010

Rating: 50
Author: Freelen
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 03/27/2014

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2748 bottles owned by 715 collectors.

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About This Producer

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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