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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Peter Michael Les Pavots 2000
Peter Michael Les Pavots 2000
(search item no. 58234)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $99.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of cassis, blueberry, lavender and coffee interspersed with oak nuances of cedar and tobacco. Rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate accentuated by silky, yet assertive tannins. This wine possesses a unique balance, full body, concentrated extract and a fine finish. Les Pavots is a fusion of traditional French and neoclassical Californian winemaking techniques. The wine is ready for near term enjoyment and has the richness, extract and structure for five to seven more years of aging.

The distinctive aromas and flavors of our proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits its hillside origin on the slopes of Mt. St. Helena in Knights Valley. Rocky, rhyolitic soils created through volcanic activity millennia ago contribute a mineral richness and add to the wine's complexity. Spanning 23 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of nearly 1600 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below.

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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.