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2016 Peter Michael Winery 'L'Esprit des Pavots' Knights Valley

America/United States, California
92 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 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot
¥21,450  (incl. tax)
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Knights Valley
Winery Peter Michael Winery
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot
Press
92Vinous - Antonio Galloni
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Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 750ml
Alcohol 15.3%
Product Code PMW4BLES16
UPC NONE
Inventory In Stock
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The 2016 L'Esprit des Pavots greets the eye with a near black color and highlights of bright crimson. Generously rich, the wine is a beautiful blending of the Les Pavots and Au Paradis terroirs with strong notes of blueberry, chocolate, cedar, coffee, vanilla bean and black truffle. Subtle accents of black cherry, black currant, plum, leather, tobacco and white pepper complete the complex bouquet. The palate is full-bodied and concentrated, exhibiting savory elements with abundant, supple tannins and a lingering finish. Fruit forward and enjoyable at release, this wine should age gracefully for fifteen years or more.

 

Production

Vintage Notes

The near perfect 2016 growing season started with a warm February and early bud break. While California’s drought continued, rains were sufficient to meet the vineyard’s needs. Cool damp conditions at blooming resulted in a smaller than normal fruit set. After veraison, a single pass of green harvest brought the crop into optimal balance. Overall, the vintage was slightly cooler than average, with consistently warm and sunny conditions and only one heat spike. Moderate temperatures at harvest allowed gradual picking as each block achieved perfection, providing excellent flavor development and slightly lower potential alcohol. The vintage produced delicate, classically styled wines with firm acidity and bright fruit.

Viticulture

L’Esprit des Pavots literally means ‘The Spirit of the Poppies.’ First produced in the 2001 vintage, the wine was sourced in our Les Pavots vineyard and affectionately referred to as the
‘little brother.’ The blend for ‘L’Esprit’ has always been more free-form than Les Pavots, varying more from vintage to vintage. Starting in the 2016 vintage we introduced selected lots
from our Au Paradis vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley. The wine is typically more fruit forward and early-drinking than Les Pavots or Au Paradis, but remains a true expression of the Peter
Michael style, balanced, elegant and age worthy.

 

Appellation: 59% Sonoma County, 41% Napa County
Harvested: September 26 – October 10, 2016

Vinification

Aged 18 months in 100% French oak barrels from select artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered May 15, 2018