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2014 Peter Michael Les Pavots

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Knights Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 25

  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 23, 2021 - This wine is simply firing on all cylinders- 94.5 and climbing. What was too thin previously has continued to fatten up and is really friggin good. Yum. Glad ai have a lot mlre

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  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 14, 2021 - Similar notes to before although maybe a 1/2 point more with time in the glass. This is really a delicious wine that initially I was worried it was too thin but this time around it put on a little weight. Very good wine.

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  • MJP Hou TX Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 24, 2021 - SF Nailed the TN's so I'm not going to even attempt to compete in that department. Very nicely balanced considering the blend but maybe just a tad thin on the fruit. Might be bottle variation based on score. Either way a very nice wine. Excited to see how this 14 compares to 15 which should have a bit more concentration.

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  • sfwinelover1 Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 15, 2021 - First of 2 purchased at auction ($145@) a couple of years ago. On the initial 1 oz pour, extraordinary aromatics led by ripe, rich fruit (mixed dark berries, black cherries, cassis and perhaps rhubarb(?)) and tobacco, followed by dark florals, anise, chocolate (these last 3 eventually overtook the tobacco as the most prominent secondary TNs), an almost incense-like spice note, foresty notes of pine and truffles, and on the palate, graphite and dark roast coffee, and less welcome notes of wood (I'd have thought oak, but msu's note makes me wonder if it was cedar), alcohol (the 15.5% abv was very noticeable on opening) and sweetness. Deep, dark purple, medium to full-bodied, thick legs. Medium+ tannins and acidity, heat on the opening which integrated well with the 3 hours of air before we began drinking. Excellent complexity, persistence and intensity. While it's been a while since I've had one of these, this has always been a go to high end, at least for me, Bordeaux blend, one which drinks fairly well young but which really develops with aging (this was definitely toward the younger end of when I've usually consumed these). My experience out of the bottle with this was different than some others, as I found this really complex but unfortunately unbalanced, but air made it integrated and superb. While others have commented on this being more medium bodied and less fruit driven than recent LPs, I remember LPs being closer to the Bordeaux than modern Napa side of the ledger than this. But this wine unfolded beautifully, continuing to develop during the 2+ hours we consumed it, with the fulsome fruit pairing beautifully with the powerful structure and diverse secondary notes. We had it with preserved meats and cheeses, which it complemented beautifully, but I think that this would be wonderful with a thick, fatty steak or rack of lamb. Without wishing to be the dog in the manger, which I often end up being in these things, I'm going to quibble with CT friends msu and LioF and say that I think that the best days remain ahead for this particular bottling, and while, if you have more than one, there's nothing wrong popping one now with plenty of air, this is far more likely to be better than worse in 5 years, and will last a long while after that. Even if not a screaming value, more than holds its own in this price range, was a close competitor to the dearer La Violette we drank it against, and competed about equally, at least in my memory, with the Chapellet Pritchard Hill and Merryvale Profile I had recently. Great stuff, and glad to be able to share with good friends.

    2 people found this helpful Comments (8)
  • writer696 Likes this wine:

    June 19, 2021 - Great wine, Knights Valley

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Decanter

  • By Eduardo Dingler
    Peter Michael Winery, 3/25/2019 (link)

    (Peter Michael, Les Pavots, Sonoma County, Knights Valley, California, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Sonoma & Napa Valley Supplement 2018 (Jul 2018), 7/18/2018 (link)

    (Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots Sonoma Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Peter Michael
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Les Pavots
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Knights Valley
  • UPC Codes 040426802413, 400003904433

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 35 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,740 (82%)
  • Consumed 973 (17%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

as a standalone, chocolate, red meat, some rich pastas and stews

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100% Like It  29 votes

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