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Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Estate Red 2016 (Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California) - [JS 99, #54 Top 100 of 2019] [JD 98+] [DC 96] [RP 95+] [AG 95+] [WS 93]
Peter Michael "Les Pavots" Estate Red 2016 (Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California) - [RP 95+]


 
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Winery: Peter Michael
Varietal: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot
Region: Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 mL

Product Code: PETERMICHAELLESPAVOTS16-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:
2016 Les Pavots meets the eye with a near-black ruby color and deep ruby rim. The nose displays a sophisticated bouquet of fresh leather, morel mushroom, vanilla bean, black fruit, cherry, blackberry, blueberry coulis, and a stylish ‘garrigue’ touch. Fullbodied and elegant, the wine offers the same rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate. The mouth feel is dense and round, with supple tannins and subtle mineral notes leading to a long finish. Approachable now, the wine provides a classic presentation of our estate’s terroir. It will handsomely reward four years of cellaring and continue to age gracefully for two decades.

Wine Information:
Harvested: September 26 - October 10, 2016
Blend: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot
Aged: 18 months in 100% French oak barrels from select artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered: May 17, 2018
Alcohol: 15.6%
Release Date: April 1, 2019

Ratings & Reviews
99 Points & #54 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - James Suckling:
"Blackberries, blueberries, raspberry kir, sweet tobacco and black truffle. Full bodied with chewy tannins and superb texture and length. Extremely poised and powerful. Finishes with so much fresh leather and blueberries. Goes on for minutes. Try after 2023." - (8 Feb, 2019)

98+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"A solid step up, the 2016 Les Pavots comes from vines planted in 1989 and is a mix of two separate sites in Knights Valley. This straight-up phenomenal Cabernet offers a powerful nose of ripe black fruits, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and spring flowers, and it has a Margaux-like complexity and elegance. Full-bodied on the palate, it has a multi-dimensional, seamless texture, building tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s a baby of a wine that needs 4-5 years of bottle age, but it will probably merit a triple-digit score in 7-8 years and keep for three decades." - Jeb Dunnuck (6/14/2019)

96 Points - Decanter:
"A good dose of rainfall aided the drought in 2016, however it resulted in uneven fruit-set and therefore a small crop. The vintage was overall slightly cooler than average, which provided a delicate and bright profile for the wines. This is an ideal pairing for a braised rabbit ragu served with handmade pappardelle pasta. It has a lively array of freshly picked red rose and lilac aromas, with flavours of blackberry pie with a toasted crust, black tea and vanilla. Electric and satisfying layers of rich tannins and fruit decorate the landscape. Drinking Window 2019 - 2032" - Eduardo Dingler (24 Mar 2019)

95+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the very deep purple-black colored 2016 Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine sings of crushed blackcurrants, blueberry preserves and blackberry pie with hints of camphor, black soil, truffles, crushed rocks and red roses plus a touch of garrigue. Full, rich and with wonderful finesse in the mouth, it has very finely grained tannins and plenty of vivacity, finishing long and earthy. 3,700 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (29th Oct 2018)

95+ Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots is a dense, powerful wine endowed with tons of raciness and class. Today, the 2016 is a bit shy, though. The aromatics are not as expressive as they can be. On the palate, the Pavots is much more giving. I sense a bit less heft than in the in recent past, which is not a bad thing at all. Time in the glass brings out attractive scents of grilled herbs, rose petal and mint to round things out." - Antonio Galloni (May 2019)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This delivers good intensity, with a racy and defined beam of plum sauce, black currant preserves and black licorice, all carried by a graphite spine. On the toasty side, with fruit to match. Very solidly built. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030." — J.M. (June 5, 2019)



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