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2009 Peter Michael Winery Les Pavots Red Wine Knights Valley
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About Peter Michael Winery

Appropriately enough, Sir Peter Michael, an Englishman who made his name in electronics, established his vineyard in Sonoma County's Knights Valley. From the moment he purchased the property in 1982, Sir Michael has insisted upon an Old-World approach to New World wine. Terroir is paramount here, along with elegance in favor of overstatement.

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2009 Peter Michael Winery Les Pavots Red Wine Knights Valley

Producer: Peter Michael Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(a blend of 66% cabernet sauvignon, 22% cabernet franc, 10% merlot and 2% petit verdot):  Opaque ruby.  Pungent, assertive aromas of dried cherry, cassis, pipe tobacco, vanilla and woodsmoke, with a sexy floral accent emerging with air.  Juicy and sharply focused, offering bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors brightened by a spicy element.  Fine-grained tannins add shape and gentle grip to the very long, appealingly sweet finish.  There are 3,500 cases of this wine to go around from the 2009 vintage.

96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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