2008 Peter Michael - Le Moulin Rouge 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($95) Bright ruby-red. Explosively perfumed scents of black raspberry, potpourri, patchouli and Asian spices, with slow-building smokiness. Deeply pitched red and dark fruit flavors are seriously concentrated but surprisingly energetic, with strong minerality providing back-end lift and cut. The floral quality repeats on the broad, sweet, very long finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

Before their Sonoma Coast vineyards came into production, Peter Michael was purchasing fruit from the famed Pisoni Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands and making a delicious Pinot Noir called Le Moulin Rouge. The 2008 Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge Pisoni Vineyard exhibits a dark ruby hue along with notes of black currants, raspberries and forest floor. This medium-bodied, rich 2008 is best consumed over the next 5-6 years.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 193

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Rich and concentrated, yet this veers off into chunky, earthy, cedary flavors that are heavy and extracted. Extra-chewy and dense, this will require patience and understanding.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/10/2013
Drink Dates:

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

11 bottles owned by 8 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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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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