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2005 Peter Michael - Les Pavots Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Sonoma - Knights Valley - Red

USA - California - Sonoma - Knights Valley

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

Peter Michael's estate vineyards (founded in 1982) are what make his wines truly exceptional. Sugarloaf Ranch sits high above Knights Valley in eastern Sonoma County, and from its rocky volcanic soil come Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Alexander Mountain Estate Vineyard, above Alexander Valley, provides additional Chardonnay. All Peter Michael... More »

Score
94
IWC 93(+?)
WS 97
WA 95
Drink Dates
Comm: 2012-2018 WA: 2007-2022 WS: 2008-2017
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IWC 93(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

($175; 63% cabernet sauvignon, 23% cabernet franc, 12% merlot and 2% petit verdot) Good deep ruby-red. Deep aromas of currant, raspberry, plum, tobacco, mocha and graphite. Sweet, lush and fat (the pH here is 4.02), with the rich, spicy red fruit flavors complicated by leather, mocha, licorice and cedar. The substantial tannins are smooth and harmonious and arrive late, allowing the subtle finishing flavors of cigar box, mocha and wild dry spices to expand in the mouth. This is 15.1% alcohol but boasts lovely physiological ripeness without any excess weight.

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 174
Drink Dates 2007-2022

The 2005 Les Pavots (3,600 cases of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot) is a sensational wine, with a style that suggests a hypothetical blend of a great St.-Emilion and Pomerol. Chocolatey cassis notes intermixed with incense, licorice, and a hint of black olive are present in this wine. When it hits the palate, it comes across as very Pomerol-like, with lushness, full body, and opulence. The tannins are sweet, the pH high, and the wine gorgeously full, pure, dense, and long. It's a terrific example of non-interventionalist winemaking that has turned out a beautiful, silky-textured wine that should age effortlessly for 15+ years. Like so many 2005s, this wine has really put on weight since I tasted it last year.

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WS 97
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web
Drink Dates 2008-2017

Shows gorgeous Cabernet purity, with a profound offering of ripe, fleshy currant, black cherry, blackberry, anise and mineral. Amazingly supple and harmonious, with tannins that are both gentle and tender and then just firm enough to let you know they're there. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 3,600 cases made.

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Author Red Sox Fan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 09/29/2014

Usually a Les Pavots fan but disappointed in this bottle. After a 30 minute decant it was smooth, sweet and a little simple. After another 90 minutes the wine developed some rough tannins and began to fall apart.

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Author BoxsterVino
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.807%
Tasted On 11/17/2013
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Author Danl
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.779%
Tasted On 07/22/2012
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Author Adriel L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.798%
Tasted On 05/31/2012

Absolutely exquisite wine. Really brings together all of the varietals of a great Bordeaux blend. A bit tip toey on its weight but that's just the Cab Franc talking. Really pays off mid way through the bottle.

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Author Edward O88
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.003%
Tasted On 04/18/2012
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Author David 429
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.718%
Tasted On 07/02/2011
Drink Dates 2012-2022

Deep ruby red a beautiful nose of huge berries and earthy tones, mid palate of thick juicy fruit with soft tannins well integrated and a 45 plus second finish. Drinking well now will age well for another 10 years.

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 02/24/2011
Drink Dates 2012-2015

Not up to top standards of pm. Needs at least one more year.

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Author VinoDeparture
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.385%
Tasted On 04/27/2010

Strong vintage in an all-time Cali superstar. Massive body but with tone and balance. Big fruits, spice, and eucalytus. Sir Peter comes through again.

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