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Peter Michael Clos Du Ciel Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • WS95
15.8% ABV
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  • RP95
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15.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

2010 Clos du Ciel presents the eye with a deep red ruby color. Onthe nose it has an intense aroma of black cherry, cassis, strawberry liqueur, black raspberry with truffle, clove, graphite and leather notes. Rich, round and balanced, the wine is full bodied with accents of fruit and spice. The texture of Clos du Ciel is sensual withan impressive length. It will require a couple years of cellaring to develop its bouquet and remarkable potential. The wine will age gracefully for two decades.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 95
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A smooth, rich and creamy red, delivering layers of blackberry, plum and blueberry flavors. Turns silky midpalate and then ends with the right touch of tannins, showing a hint of smoky oak.
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Peter Michael

Peter Michael

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Peter Michael, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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.

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, "cult" status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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