The 2007 Les Pavots, a Bordeaux varietal blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot, is brilliant. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by gorgeously complex aromas of melted chocolate, espresso roast, blackberries, and cassis. Full-bodied with a superb texture, a subtle note of oak, and fabulous concentration, it is more reminiscent of a Right Bank Bordeaux than one expects with this much Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. A thirty-year wine, its impeccable balance and the sweetness of its tannins make it accessible already.
Offering the wonderful purity of youth, this is rich and focused, with layers of blackberry, wild berry, currant and cedar flavors. Full-bodied, firming on the finish, where notes of cedar and mineral join the firm tannins.—Non-blind Les Pavots vertical
Along the slopes of the St. Helena Mountains, stands a winery shaped around a simple philosophy, “mountain vineyards, classical winemaking, limited production.” The plan may seem simple, but the complexity behind each cuvee of Sir Peter Michael’s impressive résumé makes this estate a must for those in search of New World terroir in balance with Old World technique. Whether it is crisp, cool-mountain Chardonnays, or sun-bathed red blends from the valley floor, this great estate can provide a stunning example to fit anyone’s palate. Not to mention, spanning nearly 30 years, the winemaking alums from Peter Michael include Helen Turley, Mark Aubert, and currently Nicolas Morlet. So it is no surprise that those who appreciate a fine wine seem to always have a little Peter Michael in their cellars. Do you?
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