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2009 Peter Michael Winery Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands (in magnum)
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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 Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands (in magnum)

Producer: Peter Michael Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Monterey

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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Deep ruby-red.  Intense aromas of red berry preserves and cherry-cola, with complicating notes of dried rose, five-spice powder and white pepper.  Ripe red berry flavors boast liqueur-like depth and intensity but there's an almost weightless quality to this wine that I find really intriguing, especially in light of its 16% (!) alcohol.  Shows peppery spice and floral notes on the long, sappy, gently sweet finish.

94 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Pinot Noir

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