Peter Michael Clos Du Ciel Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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.
Wine Spectator - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "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."
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Peter Michael Winery
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 Michael Winery is best known for single-vineyard and estate grown Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Peter Michael Winery remains true to its commitment to growing classic grape varieties in small mountain vineyards in order to produce great wines using classical winemaking techniques. Given this covenant to the product, only a limited quantity will ever be available. View all Peter Michael Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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