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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2006
Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2006
(search item no. 107281)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $105.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Spectacularly rich and intense, the 2006 L'Esprit des Pavots displays all the features which characterize the Les Pavots terroir: blueberry, vanilla beans, licorice, chocolate, cedar and coffee. The fruit of younger vines brings additional aromas of black cherries, strawberry, plums and red pepper to the complex bouquet. The palate is full-bodied, rich and concentrated, exhibiting abundant, youthful yet supple tannins and a lingering finish. Fruit forward and enjoyable at release, this wine should age well for a decade.
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About Peter Michael:

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.