peter michael les pavots

Peter Michael Winery, Les Pavots 2012

RRP £132

A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Inky and opaque, though still holding its youthful garnet hue, this wine smells of chocolate-covered raisins and roasted figs. Rich flavours of raisins, chocolate, prunes and dried herbs are enclosed by muscular tannins that grip the palate as notes of cedar and liquorice linger on the finish. Ripe and rich and starting to fade, this is a vintage for drinking sooner rather than later. A very mild-to-warm year with a sunny autumn provided plenty of latitude for picking, allowing for longer hang-times, which this wine seems to have received, perhaps to the detriment of its overall acid balance. Named the number-one wine of the year by Wine Spectator in 2015, but it’s now time to drink this one.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon (64%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Merlot (11%), Petit Verdot

Alcohol

15.8%

Bottle size

half-bottle

Drink dates

2021 - 2022

Origin

Country

USA

Region

California

Area

Knights Valley AVA

Tasting Information

Tasted by

Alder Yarrow

UK Stockist

Hedonism Wines

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