92WA "Chocolaty fudge-like notes intermixed with espresso roast, black and red currants, smoky barbecue and underbrush are followed by a deep, rich, full-bodied, outstanding red wine that should drink well for 10-15 years." - Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate, 92 points!
"Black with a ruby red hue and crimson reflection on the rim, reveals an intense bouquet of strawberry, black truffle oil, vanilla bean, blueberry and blackberry, with nuances of black currant liquor, cedar, cacao, cigar box, black tea, graphite, a stylish "garrigue" touch, forest floor and cloves. Extremely full-bodied, this wine offers a potpourri feeling with the same rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate with black truffle, tobacco, grey and white pepper notes. The mouth feel is dense and round, with a mineral background and ample elegant tannins, which leads to a long finish. The 2011 Les Pavots will benefit from another year of cellaring and will age gracefully for two decades." - Winery
A red Bordeaux blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot aged in 100% French oak for 18 months.
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant rather than overstated. Three, there would be a hundred-year commitment to the development of a great estate. Given this commitment to the product, only a limited quantity will ever be made.
Les Pavots is Peter Michael's flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals from the Knights Valley Estate. While the blend varies from vintage to vintage, typically it is two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. Les Pavots captures an elegant refined expression of the terroir embracing the full spectrum of Cabernet family varietal expression with its trademark touch of herbes de provence. The name translates as "poppies", after the California poppies that grow wild on our estate and are the inspiration for the winery's logo.
Vintage: The 2011 growing season started with a cool, wet spring. The vineyards did not experience frost, but bud break was delayed. The weather from fruit set through harvest stayed even, cool and mild. This coupled with the ample spring rains allowed the winemakers to dry farm in this vintage. The cool summer also extended the growing season into November, with the fruit benefiting from the additional hang time. Harvest was later than normal. Vineyard blocks were brought in slowly as they reached optimal ripeness. Lower than normal sugar levels contributed to wines showing superb balance and depth of flavor. The vintage will show elegance and a complete expression of the Les Pavots terroir.