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2015 Peter Michael Winery 'Les Pavots' Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley

America/United States, California
94 VG
95 WA
Peter Michael Winery 'Les Pavots' Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Knights Valley
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Knights Valley
Winery Peter Michael Winery
Vintage 2015
Color Red
Varietal(s) 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot
¥37,400  (incl. tax)
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Knights Valley
Winery Peter Michael Winery
Vintage 2015
Color Red
Varietal(s) 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot
Press
94Vinous - Antonio Galloni
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Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 750ml
Alcohol 15.3%
Product Code PMW4CSLP15
UPC NONE
Inventory In Stock
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Near black in color with saturated ruby and vermillion nuances, 2015 Les Pavots reveals a deep bouquet of cacao powder, dried blossoms, dried red fruit, black cherry and currant, blueberry and licorice, with nuances of cigar box, graphite, vanilla and black truffle with a stylish ‘garrigue’ touch. Extremely full-bodied, the palate echoes the nose with the same rich, ripe fruit tones and diverse spice notes. The mouth feel is dense, round and seamless, with supple tannins, savory clove and tobacco elements and beautiful ‘patina’ notes leading to a long finish with subtle mineral accents.

Production

Terroir

Soils are composed of rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite

Vintage Notes

The winter was dry, with only 75% of normal rainfall, continuing four years of drought. Unseasonably warm spring temperatures accelerated bud break by three to four weeks. While May brought welcome rain, the cool moist conditions affected the blooming and led to an uneven fruit set. The crop was small and hand thinning, to ensure even maturation, reduced the yields further. Steady warm temperatures dominated the remainder of the growing season providing ideal ripening conditions. A hot spell accelerated the pace of harvest, giving us the earliest finish date in the winery’s history.

Viticulture

Spanning 49 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of nearly 1,400 feet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes and Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below.

Vinification

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