2012 Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon 'Les Pavots'
Wine Advocate Peter Michael Winery, 2012 Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon 'Les Pavots'
"The 2012s made from Bordeaux varietals include their flagship wine, the 2012 Proprietary Red Les Pavots, a sensational blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. A prodigious effort, it rivals some of the fabulous past vintages such as 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2007. The inky/purple-colored 2012 boasts classic notes of crème de cassis, roasted coffee, vanilla bean, cedar, forest floor and blueberries. Full-bodied and complex with sweet tannin as well as hints of charcoal and camphor, this opulent, multi-leveled, Bordeaux-styled 2012 can be drunk now or cellared for 25-30+ years. (96-98)" –Jan 2015
Wine Spectator Peter Michael Winery, 2012 Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon 'Les Pavots'
"A strikingly complex and well-structured effort, with a tight frame around the taut dark berry, mineral, spice, cedary oak, forest floor, cassis and wild berry flavors. All in all, this is a remarkably flavorful and focused effort. Ends with ripe, chewy tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030. 3,600 cases made. –JL"
Peter Michael Winery, 2012 Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon 'Les Pavots'
64% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Grown on the slopes of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley, Les Pavots Vineyard's rocky, volcanic soils contribute a mineral richness and add to the wine’s complexity. 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.
Wine is aged 18 months in 100% French oak barrels from artisan coopers and bottled unfined and unfiltered.