Peter Michael Clos Du Ciel Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 119374
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • boutique wine
  • WS95
  • V93
  • ST93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.3%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Clos du Ciel has a deep red ruby color and an intense nose of black cherry, cassis, strawberry liqueur, black raspberry with truffle, graphite and leather notes. The wine is rich, round and full-bodied with heavy notes of fruits and spices. The texture of Clos du Ciel is sensual with an impressive length. It will require a couple years of cellaring to develop its bouquet and remarkable potential.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
95 Points

"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."
93 Points

"The 2009 Pinot Noir Clos Du Ciel PMW Estate is a barrel selection of the estate's best lots. There is plenty of concentration and depth, but at the same time, the wine comes across as heavy and overwrought. It is almost as if the estate is trying to do too much here. It may be that sometimes less is more. The clone originates from one of the most famous vineyards in the Cote de Nuits."
93 Points

Learn About Peter Michael Map ItMap It

In 1982 Sir Peter and Lady Margaret Michael built the Peter Michael Winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California. The estate vineyards rest on steep hillsides ranging in elevation from 1100 to nearly 2000 feet. Of the nearly 600 estate acres, only about 20% are planted to grapes. Peter...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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