2009 Peter Michael - Pinot Noir Le Caprice 750ml

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Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2009 Pinot Noir La Caprice is a 464-case cuvee made from field selections from Vosne-Romanee and grafted onto the low producing and yielding root stock called Riparia Gloire. Its deep ruby color is followed by a layered, rich wine that still reveals some tannin as well as loads of raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of spring flowers and forest floor. Yields were less than one ton of fruit per acre. This impressive 2009 can be drunk now or cellared for another 10-15 years.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Well-structured, with a core of pure, ripe plum and blackberry fruit that's fleshy, supple and medium- to full-bodied. This is deeply concentrated and firms up nicely on the finish, where a touch of fresh earth folds in.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Bright ruby. Higher in pitch than the Moulin Rouge, displaying wild strawberry and raspberry along with a sexy floral nuance and an exotic note of nectarine. Shows darker berry fruit and cherry in the mouth, picking up notes of licorice and candied flowers with air. Deeply fruity but energetic pinot with excellent finishing clarity and persistent spiciness.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

99 bottles owned by 46 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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