2009 Peter Michael - Pinot Noir Clos du Ciel 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: Elizabeth Grubel

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

From the Sonoma Coast vineyard with the most southerly exposure, the 2009 Pinot Noir Clos de Ciel (365 cases) was aged in 50% to 60% new Francois Freres barrels, and underwent a 5 to 7-day cold pre-fermentation maceration. A stunning, evolved effort, it boasts plenty of rose water, strawberry, lead pencil shavings and forest floor-like notes. This full-bodied, gorgeous Pinot should be drunk over the next decade.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Pleasantly earthy, with an intense minerally streak running through taut blueberry, wild berry and raspberry flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, turning juicy and succulent and ending with a complex dance of wet stone and berry.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Bright ruby-red. Spice-accented aromas of strawberry and raspberry, with suggestions of dried rose and cola adding complexity. Juicy, palate-staining red fruit preserve flavors are lifted by a zesty mineral note and become spicier with air. Seems even more delicate than the Ma Danseuse but this is carrying 15.5% alcohol. Repeats the strawberry note on the very long, juicy, linear finish. This could use a little time in bottle to unwind.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/28/2014
Drink Dates:

Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

89 bottles owned by 47 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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