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2014 Peter Michael Winery 'L'Esprit des Pavots' Knights Valley

America/United States, California
93 VG
90 WA
Peter Michael Winery 'L'Esprit des Pavots' Knights Valley
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Knights Valley
Winery Peter Michael Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red
Varietal(s) 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot 
¥20,900  (incl. tax)
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Knights Valley
Winery Peter Michael Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red
Varietal(s) 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot 
Press
93Vinous - Antonio Galloni
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Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 750ml
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code PMW4BLES14
UPC NONE
Inventory In Stock
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Generiously rich and intense, the 2014 L’Esprit des Pavots displays all the features which characterize the Les Pavots terroir: blueberry, vanilla bean, licorice, chocolate, cedar and coffee. The fruit of younger vines brings additional aromas of black cherry, black currant, plum, leather, tobacco and gray and white pepper to the complex bouquet. The palate is full-bodied, and concentrated, exhibiting savory elements and abundant, supple tannins with a lingering finish.

Production

Terroir

Soils are composed of rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite covered by silt alluvium. 

Vintage Notes

Unseasonably warm temperatures in early spring accelerated bud break by four weeks, then bloom through veraison benefited from moderate temperatures. Early use of drip irrigation was critical for the health of the vines. Meticulous canopy management and substantial crop thinning brought the vines into balance. Ideal Indian summer conditions allowed us to calmly harvest each block as it achieved optimal ripeness.

Viticulture

Spanning 64 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of 1,400 feet on the west side of Mount St. Helena. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below. 

Vinification

  • Aged 18 months in 100% French new oak barrels
  • Unfined and unfiltered